What Remains

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

What Remains

What Remains registers the profound connection between human identity and place through artworks made by artists who are physically dislocated from their home or community. In the exhibition, artists suture together environments that exist across expanses of space or time as they navigate the psychological impact of loss, nostalgia, or longing for a native place. Interlacing novelistic and autobiographical modes of storytelling, each artist expresses the feeling of being distant from some known source of comfort, which persistently exists in one’s consciousness, but cannot be fully reached, only recollected or imagined. Set against volatile political, economic, and natural forces of the late 20th and early 21st century, the exhibition explores feelings of displacement and loss that resonate with circumstances that have been found in contemporary life. At the same time, the exhibition asks questions pondered by individuals throughout human history: Who am I? What has shaped my life? Where do I belong? What Remains is curated by MoCP’s Assistant Curator Allison Grant.

Upcoming Events

Photos at Noon: Fundamentals of Photography

Photos at Noon: Fundamentals of Photography

Photos at Noon: Fundamentals of Photography

MoCP Print Study Room

Get to know the museum's collection this summer with a series of public print viewings. MoCP's curator of academic programs and collections will lead a ...

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Urban Nature Walk

Urban Nature Walk

Urban Nature Walk

Meet at Exelon Pavilion, Lurie Garden

Join artist Lucas Foglia and author Gavin Van Horn (Center for Humans and Nature) for a guided urban nature walk. Starting at the Lurie Garden, ...

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MoCP Teen Night

MoCP Teen Night

MoCP Teen Night

MoCP

Chicago teens are invited to participate in an evening of teen-led programs: Compete in a photo scavenger hunt (and win prizes!)Make zines and buttons about environmental ...

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Photos at Noon: Portraiture and the Human Subject

Photos at Noon: Portraiture and the Human Subject

Photos at Noon: Portraiture and the Human Subject

MoCP

Get to know the museum's collection this summer with a series of public print viewings. MoCP's curator of academic programs and collections will lead a ...

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Family Day: Natural Elements

Family Day: Natural Elements

Family Day: Natural Elements

MoCP

Celebrate summer with Family Day at the MoCP. Kids of all ages and their grownups can participate in a sun print workshop, photo scavenger hunt, ...

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Photos at Noon: Landscape and Place

Photos at Noon: Landscape and Place

Photos at Noon: Landscape and Place

MoCP Print Study Room

Get to know the museum's collection this summer with a series of public print viewings. MoCP's curator of academic programs and collections will lead a ...

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Photos at Noon: Constructed and Staged Images

Photos at Noon: Constructed and Staged Images

Photos at Noon: Constructed and Staged Images

MoCP Print Study Room

Get to know the museum's collection this summer with a series of public print viewings. MoCP's curator of academic programs and collections will lead a ...

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Florence Williams: The Nature Fix

Florence Williams: The Nature Fix

Florence Williams: The Nature Fix

MoCP

Florence Williams is a journalist, podcaster, and bestselling author of The Nature Fix: Why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative. Williams will discuss ...

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Celebrating South Side Stories

Celebrating South Side Stories

Celebrating South Side Stories

DuSable Museum of African American History

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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Past Events

Photos at Noon: Race and Representation

Photos at Noon: Race and Representation

Photos at Noon: Race and Representation

MoCP Print Study Room

Get to know the museum's collection this summer with a series of public print viewings. Drop in to learn about some of the museum’s ...

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FIRST LOOK: 2018 MoCP Fine Print Party

FIRST LOOK: 2018 MoCP Fine Print Party

FIRST LOOK: 2018 MoCP Fine Print Party

Untitled Supper Club

Please join the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) Museum Council, staff, and artists for a public unveiling of four new prints that will be added ...

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