Museum Of Contemporary Photography

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Mon. 10 AM–5 PM
Tue. 10 AM–5 PM
Wed. 10 AM–5 PM
Thu. 10 AM–8 PM
Fri. 10 AM–5 PM
Sat. 10 AM–5 PM
600 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Chicago 60605
(312) 663-5554

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The Museum Of Contemporary Photography (website) is a Museum (Photography) in Chicago.
Official description from Museum Of Contemporary Photography:
Founded by Columbia College Chicago in 1984 as the successor to the 1976 Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the museum collaborates with artists, photographers, communities, and institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. As the leading photography museum in the Midwest, presenting projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the museum offers students, educators, research specialists, and general audiences an intimate and comprehensive visual study center. The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is a stimulating and innovative forum for the collection, creation, and examination of contemporary imagemaking in its camera tradition and in its expanded vocabulary of digital processes. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum considers all elements of our mission to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and political implication of the image in our world today, within the context of public service and responsibility to the community and museum profession.
Wikipedia excerpt:
The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) 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 the Midwest Photographers Project (MPP), which contains portfolios of photographers and artists' work who reside in the midwestern United States. The MoCP’s permanent collection focuses on American and U.S. resident 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 7,000-plus photographs and photographically related objects, including gelatin-silver prints, color work, digital pieces, photograms, and various alternative processes.

We don't have any current exhibitions on file, most likely because we're still collecting listings.

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