Phantoms in the Dirt

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Phantoms in the Dirt

The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity in rugged landscapes. Searching for phantoms in the dirt, so to speak, their works reckon with the facts of matter, the nature of photographic imagery, and the forces (sometimes invisible) that leave their mark on our surroundings. In doing so, they are also considering how the visible and the tangible—or sometimes what our senses can't apprehend at all—shape our encounters with the world around us or generate mutable senses of meaning. Perhaps tellingly, their work is often both matter-of-fact and mysterious, an empirical approach even giving way to atmospheric or inscrutable results. At the same time, these works offer a range of outlooks on the possibilities of photography and sculpture. One medium would seem to favor the aloof image, the other matter itself; both, however, offer myriad ways to examine, or grapple with, the material world, whether at its most substantial or elusive. 

Guest curated by Karsten Lund (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago).

Generous support for Phantoms in the Dirt  is provided by the Efroymson Family Fund and the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship program.  Additional support is made possible by the Contemporary Arts Council, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Danish Arts Foundation.

 

 

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Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Library

This exhibition presents the arresting South Side Series created in the mid-1970s by American photographer Michael L. Abramson (1948-2011). A diverse selection of original ...

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Phantoms in the Dirt

Phantoms in the Dirt

Phantoms in the Dirt

Museum of Contemporary Photography

The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity ...

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Artist Discussion with Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes and Adam Schreiber

Artist Discussion with Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes and Adam Schreiber

Artist Discussion with Anya Gallaccio, Jay Heikes and Adam Schreiber

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Moderated by Karsten Lund Each of the artists will discuss his or her work and their investigations of the material world through photography or sculpture. ...

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Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night - Exhibition Reception

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night - Exhibition Reception

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night - Exhibition Reception

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Join us for a reception in honor of the Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night exhibition. This exhibition is copresented by Columbia College Chicago's ...

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Phantoms in the Dirt: Curator's Tour

Phantoms in the Dirt: Curator's Tour

Phantoms in the Dirt: Curator's Tour

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Guest curator Karsten Lund will lead a tour of the Phantoms in the Dirt exhibition. Presented in conjunction with Filter Photo Festival. Photo © ...

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Lecture in Photography: Carrie Mae Weems

Stage Two

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Video Playlist Programmed by Karthik Pandian

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Michael Schmelling: Your Blues

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Museum of Contemporary Photography

During a year-long commission in his hometown of Chicago (in progress), Schmelling is exploring the musical landscape of the region. To date, the artist has ...

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Lecture in Photography: Michael Schmelling

Lecture in Photography: Michael Schmelling

Lecture in Photography: Michael Schmelling

Museum of Contemporary Photography

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Lecture in Photography: Rachel Sussman

Lecture in Photography: Rachel Sussman

Lecture in Photography: Rachel Sussman

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Past Events

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night

Library

This exhibition presents the arresting South Side Series created in the mid-1970s by American photographer Michael L. Abramson (1948-2011). A diverse selection of original ...

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Exhibition Opening Reception: Phantoms in the Dirt

Exhibition Opening Reception: Phantoms in the Dirt

Exhibition Opening Reception: Phantoms in the Dirt

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Please join us for an opening reception for the Phantoms in the Dirt exhibition. Several of the exhibiting artists will be present to informally ...

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Phantoms in the Dirt

Phantoms in the Dirt

Phantoms in the Dirt

Museum of Contemporary Photography

The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity ...

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Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood

Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood

Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood aims to challenge long-held stereotypes and sentimental views of motherhood by addressing issues such as gender roles, domesticity, the ...

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