Lecture in Photography: Lalla Essaydi

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Lecture in Photography: Lalla Essaydi

Lalla Essaydi is a Moroccan photographer and painter who now lives and works in the USA. Essaydi appropriates the distorted lens of Orientalism to document her own experience growing up as an Arab woman within Islamic culture. Known for appropriating the male art of calligraphy and applying it to women’s bodies in henna, a traditionally female art, Essaydi suggests the complexity of Arab female identity as she subtly critiques cultural patterns. In doing so, she hopes to invite viewers to combat stereotypes. Essaydi also works in other media, such as video, film, and installation.

Essaydi received her MFA and BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/TUFTS University, and also attended L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Essaydi’s work is represented in collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Louvre Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among several others. The most recent solo publication of her work, Lalla Essaydi: Crossing Boundaries, Bridging Cultures, was published in 2015 by ACR Edition.

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Lecture in Photography: Mimi Plumb

Lecture in Photography: Mimi Plumb

Lecture in Photography: Mimi Plumb Wednesday, December 2, 6 p.m. CST Presented Virtually on Zoom Register here Since the 1970s, Plumb has explored subjects ranging from her suburban roots ...

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Past Events

Teen Workshop: Remixing the Archive

Teen Workshop: Remixing the Archive

Teen Workshop: Remixing the Archive

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/478472768 How do images shape our understanding of current and historical events? In this live virtual workshop we will explore artworks from two ...

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FIRST LOOK: Fine Print Party

FIRST LOOK: Fine Print Party

FIRST LOOK: Fine Print Party

Thursday, October 29, 7 p.m. CDT Register here Please join the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) Museum Council, staff, and artists for a special online celebration of ...

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Lecture in Photography: Kristine Potter 

Lecture in Photography: Kristine Potter 

Lecture in Photography: Kristine Potter 

Watch video: https://vimeo.com/473452935 Kristine Potter’s work explores masculine archetypes, landscape, and cultural tendencies toward mythologizing the past. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and the current ...

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Conversations With the Curators: What Does Democracy Look Like? (Part II)

Conversations With the Curators: What Does Democracy Look Like? (Part II)

Conversations With the Curators: What Does Democracy Look Like? (Part II)

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/471431401 Read the transcript: https://www.mocp.org/exhibitions/2020/7/what-does-democracy-look-like_-part-ii-transcript.pdf Part II: Are democracies serving all citizens? In this session, panelists will discuss if elections are fair representations of ...

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Conversations With the Curators: What Does Democracy Look Like? (Part I)

Conversations With the Curators: What Does Democracy Look Like? (Part I)

Conversations With the Curators: What Does Democracy Look Like? (Part I)

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/469006573 Part I: What are people looking for in a democracy? In this session, panelists will discuss the right to vote, the right ...

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