Lecture in Photography: Lalla Essaydi

Stage Two, 618 S Michigan Ave

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.

Upcoming Events

Honors Program: Day of the Dead Social

Honors Program: Day of the Dead Social

Join fellow Columbia College Chicago Honors students at the Day of the Dead social. Get together for art, food, and the honors community. Register here: honorsmocp.eventbrite.com ...

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MoCP After Dark

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Past Events

Curatorial Tour and Gallery Talk

Curatorial Tour and Gallery Talk

Curatorial Tour and Gallery Talk

MoCP

Join guest curator Davide Quadrio for a special tour of Third Realm. Exhibiting artist Jompet Kuswidananto will be present to discuss his work. ...

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Opening Reception: Third Realm

Opening Reception: Third Realm

Opening Reception: Third Realm

MoCP

Join the MoCP for the opening reception for Third Realm. ...

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Lectures in Photography: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Lectures in Photography: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

Lectures in Photography: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa

600 S. Michigan Ave.

Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa is a photographer, writer, and editor of The Great Leap Sideways. He has a BA in philosophy and French from Oxford University (UK) ...

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Lecture in Photography: Teju Cole - Writing and Thinking Photography

Lecture in Photography: Teju Cole - Writing and Thinking Photography

Lecture in Photography: Teju Cole - Writing and Thinking Photography

Stage Two

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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Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird

Museum of Contemporary Photography

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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