Phantoms in the Dirt

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

Phantoms in the Dirt

The sixteen artists in this exhibition present an array of physical remnants and enigmatic traces, ranging from cryptic objects to the marks of human activity in rugged landscapes. Searching for phantoms in the dirt, so to speak, their works reckon with the facts of matter, the nature of photographic imagery, and the forces (sometimes invisible) that leave their mark on our surroundings. In doing so, they are also considering how the visible and the tangible—or sometimes what our senses can't apprehend at all—shape our encounters with the world around us or generate mutable senses of meaning. Perhaps tellingly, their work is often both matter-of-fact and mysterious, an empirical approach even giving way to atmospheric or inscrutable results. At the same time, these works offer a range of outlooks on the possibilities of photography and sculpture. One medium would seem to favor the aloof image, the other matter itself; both, however, offer myriad ways to examine, or grapple with, the material world, whether at its most substantial or elusive. 

Guest curated by Karsten Lund (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago).

Generous support for Phantoms in the Dirt  is provided by the Efroymson Family Fund and the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship program.  Additional support is made possible by the Contemporary Arts Council, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the Danish Arts Foundation.

 

 

Past Events

Gallery Talk: Aaron Turner, Kelli Connell, Natalie Krick, Colleen Keihm, and Sonja Thomsen

Gallery Talk: Aaron Turner, Kelli Connell, Natalie Krick, Colleen Keihm, and Sonja Thomsen

Gallery Talk: Aaron Turner, Kelli Connell, Natalie Krick, Colleen Keihm, and Sonja Thomsen

Friday, November 11, 2022, 12:00pm

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Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

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Curatorial Tour

Curatorial Tour

Curatorial Tour

Curatorial Tour
Friday, October 21, 12–1 p.m. CT 
MoCP 

Join exhibition curator Kristin Taylor for a special public tour of Beyond the Frame.  

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FIRST LOOK: 2022 Fine Prints

FIRST LOOK: 2022 Fine Prints

FIRST LOOK: 2022 Fine Prints

FIRST LOOK: 2022 Fine Prints
Thursday, October 6th from 6-8:30 p.m. CT
MoCP

Join us Thursday, October 6th from 6-8:30 p.m. CT at the ...

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Gallery Talk: The Legacy of the New Topographics with Greg Foster Rice

Gallery Talk: The Legacy of the New Topographics with Greg Foster Rice

Gallery Talk: The Legacy of the New Topographics with Greg Foster Rice

Gallery Talk: The Legacy of the New Topographics with Greg Foster Rice
Friday, September 30, 12–1 p.m. CT 
MoCP 

Join us for a talk ...

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