What Remains

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

What Remains

What Remains registers the profound connection between human identity and place through artworks made by artists who are physically dislocated from their home or community. In the exhibition, artists suture together environments that exist across expanses of space or time as they navigate the psychological impact of loss, nostalgia, or longing for a native place. Interlacing novelistic and autobiographical modes of storytelling, each artist expresses the feeling of being distant from some known source of comfort, which persistently exists in one’s consciousness, but cannot be fully reached, only recollected or imagined. Set against volatile political, economic, and natural forces of the late 20th and early 21st century, the exhibition explores feelings of displacement and loss that resonate with circumstances that have been found in contemporary life. At the same time, the exhibition asks questions pondered by individuals throughout human history: Who am I? What has shaped my life? Where do I belong? What Remains is curated by MoCP’s Assistant Curator Allison Grant.

Upcoming Events

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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