- Woman with a Camera, exhibition at MCA Chicago
Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1967 and in honour of this year's 50th anniversary, Sandra Guthman and her husband Jack, a member of the museum's board of trustees donated a collection of 50 photographs by contemporary women photographers. “Woman with a camera” showcases 20 shots by 14 female photographers selected from this donation, and include works by renowned artists like Marina Abramovic, Sophie Calle, Catherine Opie, Laurie Simmons and Carrie Mae Weems alongside up-and-coming photographers such as Anne Collier, Xaviera Simmons and Mickalene Thomas.
Although their approaches are highly disparate, their works draw on three central themes in photography: the human figure, public or private spaces, and our media-saturated culture. The pictures were taken in the 1990s and 2000s and address facets of politics, history and identity.
The result is a skilful exhibition sequence that opens new perspectives by mixing and matching them not in chronological order but as a showcase of women's photography spanning the last 25 years. The exhibition also manifests the great versatility of the camera as a tool of expression in keeping with our image-dominated times and as the perfect medium to get across artistic messages in the blink of an eye.
“Woman with a Camera” is open until 14 January so it's a real must if you're visiting Chicago for the conclusion of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 and a unique opportunity to celebrate the first 50 years of the MCA, one of the museums of contemporary art in the US that focuses particularly on women's art.
Exhibition “Woman with a Camera”
curated by Nina Wexelblatt, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow at the MCA
thanks to the generosity of Jack and Sandra Guthman
8 July 2017 to 14 January 2018
at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - https://mcachicago.org/Exhibitions/2017/Woman-With-A-Camera
Artiste esposte (in ordine alfabetico):
Michele Abeles (American, b. 1977)
Marina Abramović (Serbian, b. 1946)
Sophie Calle (French, b. 1953)
Anne Collier (American, b. 1970)
Leslie Hewitt (American, b. 1977)
Emily Jacir (American, b. Palestine, 1970)
Catherine Opie (American, b. 1961)
Melanie Schiff (American, b. 1977)
Laurie Simmons (American, b. 1949)
Xaviera Simmons (American, b. 1974)
Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation (British, b. 1961)
Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971)
Annika von Hausswolff (Swedish, b. 1967)
Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953)
Images: courtesy of MCA, see captions:
01_Abramovic_Sitting_full.jpg - Marina Abramovic, Waiting for an Idea, 1991. © Marina Abramović
02_Melanie_Schiff_Skatepark_20082016_44_full.jpg - Melanie Schiff, Skatepark, 2008. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Eve_Sussman_Themes_and_the_Island_2016_51_full.jpg - Eve Sussman, Themes and the Island, from “Rape of the Sabine Women”, 2005. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Hewitt_Untitled_full.jpg - Leslie Hewitt, Untitled (Geographic Delay), 2009. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Laurie_Simmons_Lying_Objects_2016_47_full.jpg - Laurie Simmons, Lying Objects, 1992. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Opie_Untitled_full.jpg - Catherine Opie, Untitled #1, 2012. © Catherine Opie. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago