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

Dragonfly Eyes Screening with Xu Bing

Dragonfly Eyes Screening with Xu Bing

Join internationally-renowned artist Xu Bing for a very special screening of his feature film Dragonfly Eyes (2017). Composed from more than 10,000 hours of footage ...

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Lecture in Photography: Stephanie Dinkins

Lecture in Photography: Stephanie Dinkins

Exhibiting artist Stephanie Dinkins is known for creating platforms for dialogue about artificial intelligence (AI) as it intersects race, gender, aging, and our future histories. ...

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Focal Point Live: Lorenzo Triburgo and Che Gossett

Focal Point Live: Lorenzo Triburgo and Che Gossett

In conjunction with the annual College Art Association conference, this live recording of the MoCP podcast Focal Point will feature a discussion between LGBTQ artists ...

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Teen Night with Leo Selvaggio

Teen Night with Leo Selvaggio

Chicago teens are invited to join exhibiting artist Leo Selvaggio for a special artmaking workshop. Space is limited. Reserve your spot at teennight2020.eventbrite.com ...

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Public Tour and Gallery Talk with Leo Selvaggio

Public Tour and Gallery Talk with Leo Selvaggio

Join exhibiting artist Leo Selvaggio for an exhibition tour and gallery talk. ...

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The Bio-Adapter

The Bio-Adapter

Join us for a special performed reading of Oswald Wiener's The Bio Adapter (1967), featuring some of the first descriptions of artificial intelligence. Organized by ...

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Past Events

Opening Reception: In Real Life

Opening Reception: In Real Life

Opening Reception: In Real Life

MoCP

Join the MoCP for the opening reception for In Real Life. ...

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Holiday Photo Book Bazaar

Holiday Photo Book Bazaar

Holiday Photo Book Bazaar

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Join us for a special celebration of photography books. Photographers of note including Krista Franklin, Brad Temkin, Aimée Beaubien, and Colleen Plumb, along with local ...

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