1979:1–2012:21: Jan Tichy Works with the MoCP CollectionOct 12 — Dec 23, 2012

  • left: Larry Williams, Rural Saturday Night, 1973; right: Zacharias Abubeker, Obelisk, 2011
  • left: Scott Fortino, Bedroom, CHA Public Housing, 2005; right: Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1973
  • left: Diane Arbus, Two Girls in Matching Bathing Suits, Coney Island, N.Y., 1967; right: Rineke Dijkstra, Maya, Herzilya, Israel, November 21, 1999
  • left: Hyers + Mebane, Las Vegas 25, 2012; right: Julia Margaret Cameron, Sir John Herschel, 1867
  • View of the main gallery
  • View of the East gallery
  • Still of Jan Tichy, Polaroids (Warhol), 2012
  • View of Print Study Room
  • Still of Jan Tichy, Changing Chicago, 2012 video installation

Nearly 11,000 works of art fill the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. In 2011, in an effort to map this considerable and eclectic landscape, the museum commissioned artist Jan Tichy to delve into the collection with an eye toward making it more accessible—and to produce an exhibition. Over the course of this endeavor, Tichy probed the collection’s characteristics, highlights, and parameters, as well as its elusiveness. Noting its seeming indefinability, he began to ask questions and identify boundaries that facilitated a democratic, open-ended investigation. Signposts began to emerge.

This project is generously supported by the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by Paul and Dedrea Gray, the Richard Gray Gallery and the Interactive Arts & Media and Photography Departments of Columbia College Chicago.


View Jan Tichy in conversation with Jason Lazarus and Faheem Majeed on artistic practices that deal with collecting and collections.


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