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

Opening Reception: In Real Life

Opening Reception: In Real Life

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

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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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Past Events

Photos at Noon: Contemporary Photography in China and Beyond

Photos at Noon: Contemporary Photography in China and Beyond

Photos at Noon: Contemporary Photography in China and Beyond

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Get to know the museum’s collection with this ongoing series of public print viewings. Drop in to learn about some of the museum’s best works ...

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Video Playlist: Infinite Loops

Video Playlist: Infinite Loops

Video Playlist: Infinite Loops

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Video Playlist is a recurring series of one-night public video screenings programmed in response to MoCP exhibitions. Nicky Ni curates a screening of moving image ...

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MoCP After Dark

MoCP After Dark

MoCP After Dark

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Join the MoCP Museum Council, artists, and friends of the museum for an after-hours party at MoCP After Dark. Against the backdrop of Third Realm, ...

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Honors Program: Day of the Dead Social

Honors Program: Day of the Dead Social

Honors Program: Day of the Dead Social

Museum of Contemporary Photography

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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