In Their Own Form: Opening Reception + Artist Talk

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

In Their Own Form: Opening Reception + Artist Talk

Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Ayana V. Jackson

Following the opening reception for In Their Own Form, join exhibiting artist Ayana V. Jackson for a talk on her artistic practice, which examines the role of the camera in constructing identity and the role of photography in representing race and gender.  

In Their Own Form seeks to illuminate the myriad ways blackness might hope to exist without the imposition of oppression, racism and stereotypes ever-present in Western cultures, mediated through Afrofuturist themes including time-travel and escapism. Afrofuturism refers to a cross-disciplinary genre that combines science fiction, Afrocentrism, fantasy, technology, and non-Western mythologies as an intellectual and artistic strategy to reimagine and repurpose the fraught past, present, and future of the transnational black experience. Bringing together 13 artists and 33 photographic and video works that negotiate a range of Afro-Diasporic experiences, In Their Own Form prefaces personhood, both fantastical and actual, over perceived realities.

Upcoming Events

Video Playlist: Ralph Arnold and Outtakes

Video Playlist: Ralph Arnold and Outtakes

Video Playlist: Ralph Arnold and Outtakes

MoCP

Shari Frilot Reginald Woolery Elizabeth Axtman Tom Palazallo Curated by Romi Crawford Often aspects of identity (race, gender, class, occupation, sexuality, nationality) are the outtakes, or the stuff left ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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Past Events

“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 ...

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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: ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Celebrating South Side Stories

Celebrating South Side Stories

Celebrating South Side Stories

Hyde Park Arts Center

Join this celebration of the historic and ongoing role that art and design played in growing communities and strengthening neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. Participants ...

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