What Does Democracy Look Like? Oct 1 — Dec 23, 2020

  • Moyra Davey, Copperhead #81,1990
  • Bruce Davidson, Untitled, 1991
  • Darryl Cowherd, Lil' Black Girl Magic, c. 1969
  • Krista Franklin, She Taught Us How to Fight I (Diptych), 2016

Leading up to the 2020 presidential election, the MoCP has invited seven faculty members from various departments at Columbia College Chicago to mine the MoCP’s permanent collection of 16,000 objects. Each curator will interpret the museum’s collection to consider what democracy means to them, and how photographic images record and shape our understanding of current and historical events.

Guest curators include:

Melanie Chambliss, PhDAssistant Professor, Humanities, History, and Social Sciences

Joshua A. Fisher, PhD, Assistant Professor of Immersive Media, Interactive Arts and Media

Joan Giroux, Professor and Associate Chair, Art and Art History

Ames Hawkins, PhD, Associate Provost for Faculty Research and Development & Professor of English and Creative Writing

Raquel L. Monroe PhDDirector, Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Associate Professor of Dance

Onur Öztürk, PhDAssistant Professor of Art History, Art and Art History

Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Associate Professor of Journalism

The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2020-2021 exhibition season is generously sponsored by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.




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