Museum of Contemporary Photography

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The Museum of Contemporary Photography
Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) (51573838392).jpg
Viewed from Michigan Avenue
Location600 South Michigan Avenue, Near South Side, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°52′10″N 87°37′32″W / 41.869538°N 87.625597°W / 41.869538; -87.625597

The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) was founded in 1976 by Columbia College Chicago as the successor to the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography. The museum houses a permanent collection as well as the Midwest Photographers Project (MPP), which contains portfolios of photographers and artists' work who reside in the Midwestern United States. The Museum of Contemporary Photography began collecting in the early 1980s and has since grown its collection to include more than 15,000 objects by over 1,500 artists. The MoCP is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.[1]


MoCP's initial permanent collection was defined as "contemporary", including works by American photographers since the 1950s. In the early 2000s, the date was pushed back to include the Farm Security Administration works of the 1930s and works by international artists.[2]

Permanent collection[edit]

The MoCP's permanent collection includes work by Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Irving Penn, David Plowden, Aaron Siskind, and Victor Skrebneski among the 15,000-plus photographs and photographic objects, including gelatin-silver prints, color work, digital pieces, photograms, and various alternative processes.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Notable exhibitions have included:


  1. ^ "History & Mission | Museum of Contemporary Photography". Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. ^ Taylor, Kristin. "From The Collection: Museum of Contemporary Photography". Don't Take Pictures. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  3. ^ Combs, Marianne Evidence of democracy. Minnesota Public Radio, November 7, 2003. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Artner, Alan G. Shambroom's bleak view of U.S. Chicago Tribune, November 6, 2003. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  5. ^ Artner, Alan G. Photos offer voyeurism along with abstraction. Chicago Tribune, November 21, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  6. ^ Weinberg, Lauren. Michael Wolf & "Work/Place." Time Out Chicago, December 10, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  7. ^ Waxman, Lori. African avenues of broken dreams. Chicago Tribune, February 18, 2011. Accessed August 19, 2011.
  8. ^ Weinberg, Lauren. "Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba" at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Time Out Chicago, February 2, 2011. Accessed August 19, 2011.

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