Ten Seasons: Pat Elifritz, Columbia College Chicago
The photographs in Ten Seasons recount the past decade of temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography and their relation to the Museum’s permanent collection. Comprised of artworks that have been purchased and accessioned by the Museum directly after being curated into a temporary exhibition, this digital gallery examines how curatorial projects are represented permanently within the MoCP collection.
From 2002 through 2011, MoCP mounted 86 temporary exhibitions. In this display, each exhibition from this period has been allotted three seconds to showcase the artists whose works were accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection. Within the scope of the Museum’s permanent collection, these artists stand in for the larger curatorial thesis of their respective temporary exhibition. Exhibitions from which no artworks were purchased by the Museum are signified by a blank slide, in order to represent their absence within the MoCP permanent collection. This project aims not only to showcase recent acquisitions, but to accentuate exhibitions that remain unrepresented within the MoCP collection and to explore new alternatives for archiving temporary curatorial projects.