Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

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The Museum of Contemporary Photography was founded in 1984 by Columbia College Chicago. It is well known for an active program and curating which discovers many emerging and mid-career artists. The museum houses a permanent collection as well as the Midwest Photographers Project, which contains portfolios of photographers and artists' work who reside in the midwestern United States.Permanent collectionThe MoCP’s permanent collection focuses on American and International photography of the 20th century and today. The collection features work by Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Irving Penn, Aaron Siskind, and Victor Skrebneski among the 10,000-plus photographs and photographically related objects, including gelatin-silver prints, color work, digital pieces, photograms, and various alternative processes.Selected exhibitionsOf the Museum's exhibitions since 2001, notable ones have included:Paul Shambroom: Evidence of Democracy, October 3 - December 5, 2003Michael Wolf: The Transparent City and Work/Place, November 14, 2008 - January 31, 2009Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba, January 10 - March 6, 2011
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  • July 24, 2017
    This was near our hotel (The Hilton Chicago), so when we walked past it and saw that it was free, we decided, "Why not?" Well it was an hour WELL SPENT. The exhibit we saw was the work of Ai Weiwei, a...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    Saw Re:collection this afternoon. Overall, it was ok. The exhibit is free which is nice in a city where you are asked to pay for most entertainment. The current exhibit seems somewhat small, it only t...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    Not really worth the detour. Little interesting collection. By chance the access is free. To do that if you go ahead and have some time to kill.
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  • July 10, 2017
    Very sad experience. It was my partner's birthday, and they are a photography student. We are only in Chicago for a few days. Surprised them with a trip to this museum, which was listed as being open until 5pm. We walked in the pouring rain to get there, just for the door to be locked. A young woman opened it and said it would reopen on Thursday because it's closed for a new exhibit. We leave Wednesday morning. We explained that we were visiting and that it was my partner's birthday and they still said they couldn't do anything to allow us entry. Although I understand that they need to renovate sometimes, we were extremely disappointed given it said it would be open online.
  • June 14, 2017
    This place is not known well enough. A few nice galleries that are constantly changing. Often features local themed photographs
  • May 12, 2017
    Nice, Interesting. Very small. Actually only one theme. Today, it was Ai Weiwei, who is not that interesting as a photographer, in my view.
  • March 26, 2017
    This place is a small and free museum with interesting pieces. It is what the title saids, contemporary photography. It was very interesting, but personally did not speak to me. I am not saying this to discourage anyone from going, but make sure that this is part of ty our interests. Sidnote, the girl at the desk was super nice and helpful.
  • October 18, 2016
    Even thought museum is located inside the Columbia building it is not affiliated with the college directly and I was told it only presents Columbia student produced photos in rarest exceptions. It's a comparatively small museum somewhat squeezed into the three floors, but staff finds creative ways to play around the architecture. Don't forget to check out their website and don't forget about the special feature: the museum holds lots of photo prints. If you would for example like to see Sally Mann's works stored there, just make an appointment on their website.

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