The question has been answered in many different ways this year. Protests against police violence, presidential debates, controversies over vote by mail. Democracy means many things and takes on an equal number of guises. In this election year, the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) asked seven Columbia College Chicago faculty members to use works from the collection to visually and conceptually answer this question. The guest curators represent a variety of disciplines—not just art history—and exemplify the current museum trend of including diverse voices in exhibition design. While there are essentially seven exhibitions, each with a unique curatorial premise and position, some commonalities exist. Works are primarily hung salon-style, so viewers can see hundreds of photographs in a single visit. Portraits predominate, which makes sense given the organizing framework. Black and white and color photographs both have strong representation, connoting a sense of the historic, as well as the contemporary. The exhibition opens with E Pluribus Unum, marking the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment and the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth, which gave African …
An illustrated history of queer artists, writers, advocates, and other Chicago pioneers, inspired by The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
A podcast special with hosts Britt Julious and Zakkiyyah Najeebah exploring the life, art, writing, teaching, activism, and influence of Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, co-founder of the South Side Community Art Center and DuSable Museum.
A look into the themes embedded within the exhibition In Their Own Form at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, curated by Sheridan Tucker Anderson.
Festivals, performances, exhibitions, and events happening in the city during October.