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

Teen Night

Teen Night

Chicago teens are invited to participate in teen-led workshops and more! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mocp-teen-night-tickets-64384604084 ...

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Photos at Noon: Recent Acquisitions

Photos at Noon: Recent Acquisitions

Get to know the museum’s collection with a series of public print viewings led by MoCP’s curator of academic programs and collections. Drop in to ...

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Photos at Noon: Viewer's Choice

Photos at Noon: Viewer's Choice

Get to know the museum’s collection with a series of public print viewings led by MoCP’s curator of academic programs and collections. Drop in to ...

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Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird

Join the Chicago-based, four-time Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird for a special performance at the MoCP. Experience a musical journey through the museum, as the ensemble ...

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Lecture in Photography: Teju Cole - Writing and Thinking Photography

Lecture in Photography: Teju Cole - Writing and Thinking Photography

Go Down Moses curator Teju Cole will give a public lecture about his various photographic practices. Drawing on his experiences as a photographer, critic, teacher, ...

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Past Events

Opening Reception: Go Down Moses

Opening Reception: Go Down Moses

Opening Reception: Go Down Moses

Join the Museum of Contemporary Photography for the opening reception of Go Down Moses. ...

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Photos at Noon: Chicago

Photos at Noon: Chicago

Photos at Noon: Chicago

MoCP

Get to know the museum's collection with a series of public print viewings. The MoCP's executive director will lead a mini-course on select themes and ...

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FIRST LOOK: 2019 MoCP Fine Print Party

FIRST LOOK: 2019 MoCP Fine Print Party

FIRST LOOK: 2019 MoCP Fine Print Party

Chez

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

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Teen Night: CPS Lives

Teen Night: CPS Lives

Teen Night: CPS Lives

MoCP

Chicago teens are invited to engage in creative interactive workshops and reflect on themes of the exhibitions. This event is organized in partnership with CPS ...

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Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

Museum of Contemporary Photography

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

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