Lecture in Photography: Christian Boltanski

The Art Institute of Chicago - Rubloff Auditorium

Lecture in Photography: Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski is one of France’s foremost artists whose installations challenge basic assumptions of what constitutes an artwork. Since the 1960s, he has worked with the ephemera of daily life and human experience, from obituary photographs to rusted biscuit tins, to examine the transitory nature of our life on earth. He employs lights, candles, shadows, and imagery of death in a body of work that is about memory and loss and the relation between life, death, and art.

Lectures in Photography are co-presented by the MoCP and the Department of Photography at Columbia College Chicago. This program is presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Visiting Artists Program.

Image credit: Christian Boltanski, Monumenta, 2010. Grand Palais, Paris. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: Didier Plowy

Upcoming Events

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Join us for the opening reception of Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star and Chicago Stories: Recent Works by Carlos Javier Ortiz and David Schalliol. ...

Read more

Conversation: Dawoud Bey and Gaëlle Morel

Conversation: Dawoud Bey and Gaëlle Morel

Dawoud Bey will engage in a conversation with Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre, about the links between his Birmingham projects and ...

Read more

Chicago Stories: Unpacking Segregation in Chicago, Then and Now

Chicago Stories: Unpacking Segregation in Chicago, Then and Now

Join the MoCP for a panel discussion exploring the segregated history of Chicago neighborhoods, in conjunction with the current exhibition Chicago Stories: Recent works by ...

Read more

Lecture in Photography: Rebecca Senf

Lecture in Photography: Rebecca Senf

Rebecca Senf is the Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography and the Norton Family Curator of Photography, a joint appointment between the Center ...

Read more

Tonika Johnson: Folded Map

Tonika Johnson: Folded Map

In conjunction with Columbia College Chicago’s Manifest Urban Arts Festival, the MoCP will host Columbia alum Tonika Johnson for a one-day presentation of Folded Map, ...

Read more

Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

Photos at Noon: Approaches to Documentary

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

Read more

Teen Night: CPS Lives

Teen Night: CPS Lives

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 ...

Read more

Photos at Noon: Chicago

Photos at Noon: Chicago

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

Read more
Past Events

Photos at Noon: Global Migration

Photos at Noon: Global Migration

Photos at Noon: Global Migration

MoCP

Get to know the museum's collection with this public print viewing led by the MoCP's curator of academic programs and collections. Drop in to learn ...

Read more

MoCP Teen Summit

MoCP Teen Summit

MoCP Teen Summit

MoCP

Chicago teens are invited to reflect, engage, share, and create, in this multidisciplinary creative workshop exploring issues relating to the exhibition Stateless: Views of Global ...

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

Symposium

Symposium

Symposium

Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Ave

This half-day event will feature exhibiting artists, activists, writers, and scholars who are engaged in issues surrounding refugee rights, global migration, and resettlement practices. Examining ...

Read more

Opening Reception: Stateless: Views of Global Migration

Opening Reception: Stateless: Views of Global Migration

Opening Reception: Stateless: Views of Global Migration

MoCP

Join the MoCP for an opening reception for the exhibition Stateless: Views of Global Migration. ...

Read more