The Poetics of Place: Reading and Discussion

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

The Poetics of Place: Reading and Discussion

Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming will read from her work and discuss issues related to landscape and place explored in the exhibition Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape. In the introduction to her work Temporary Homelands: Essays on Nature, Spirit and Place, (1996) Deming says, “I began writing these essays as a way to explore the tension I have felt between my own love and fear of nature, between my admiration for our species and my concern for our future, between the harmony I seek in going into the wilds and the general disharmony with the natural world that our culture has created.”

Deming is the author of numerous other works including Rope (Penguin, 2009); Genius Loci (Penguin, 2005); Writing the Sacred into the Real (Milkweed, 2001); and Science and Other Poems (LSU Press, 1994). She has received many awards for her writing, including a Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Pushcart Prize, and two NEA fellowships. Deming earned an MFA from Vermont College in 1983 and currently serves as the director of the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Arizona.


Upcoming Events

MoCP After Dark

MoCP After Dark

MoCP After Dark

Join us for an after-hours party at MoCP After Dark. Against the backdrop of The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold and Echoes: Reframing Collage, dance ...

Read more

Lecture in Photography: Barbara Kasten

Lecture in Photography: Barbara Kasten

Lecture in Photography: Barbara Kasten

Ferguson Hall

Barbara Kasten is known for photographs that transform architecture into formal abstract compositions using lighting, color gels, and mirrors. Originally from Chicago, Kasten is the ...

Read more

Holiday Photo Book Bazaar

Holiday Photo Book Bazaar

Holiday Photo Book Bazaar

Join us for a special celebration of photography books. Local photographers of note including Barbara Diener, Jess T. Dugan, Dave Jordano, Laura Letinsky, Cecil McDonald, ...

Read more

Lecture in Photography: Shimon Attie

Lecture in Photography: Shimon Attie

Lecture in Photography: Shimon Attie

Ferguson Hall

Artist Shimon Attie will present and discuss a selection of his projects across space and time. The presentation will touch briefly on early works, such ...

Read more
Past Events

Symposium: Unfinished Business! The South Side and Chicago Art

Symposium: Unfinished Business! The South Side and Chicago Art

Symposium: Unfinished Business! The South Side and Chicago Art

Various Locations

Co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Smart Museum of Art FREE, but space is limited. Please register here in advance. October 19–20, 2018 This symposium ...

Read more

“Say It With Pictures” Then and Now: Chicago’s African American Photographers

“Say It With Pictures” Then and Now: Chicago’s African American Photographers

“Say It With Pictures” Then and Now: Chicago’s African American Photographers

600 S. Michigan Ave.

The Museum of Contemporary Photography will host art historian Amy Mooney in conversation with the esteemed photography scholar Deborah Willis in an unprecedented reveal of ...

Read more

Opening Reception: The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold and Echoes: Reframing Collage

Opening Reception: The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold and Echoes: Reframing Collage

Opening Reception: The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold and Echoes: Reframing Collage

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Join the Museum of Contemporary Photography for a public opening reception for The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity & Politics and Echoes: ...

Read more

Lecture in Photography: Lucas Foglia

Lecture in Photography: Lucas Foglia

Lecture in Photography: Lucas Foglia

618 S. Michigan Ave.

Exhibiting artist Lucas Foglia will discuss his project Human Nature as well as his broader artistic practice. Foglia’s work is in the permanent collections of ...

Read more

Honors Program Student Meet and Greet

Honors Program Student Meet and Greet

Honors Program Student Meet and Greet

MoCP

Please join us for a night at the museum to mingle with fellow honors program students over art, music, and hors d'oeuvres. Museum staff will ...

Read more