Untitled, c. 1940 László Moholy-Nagy. Gift of George and Ruth Barford. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Untitled, c. 1940 László Moholy-Nagy. Gift of George and Ruth Barford. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 

A Field Guide to Photography and Media

19/11/2022 - 10/04/2023

Art Institute Chicago 
 
 
 


 
The Art Institute of Chicago has been exhibiting photography since 1900 and collecting it since 1949. During that time—indeed, since its invention in the 19th century—photography has evolved into a diverse and unruly set of creative practices, both responding to and initiating changes across the world.
This exhibition celebrates that remarkable history through the Art Institute’s collection and offers an occasion to think anew about the photography’s place in the museum and in the world. Divided into eight sections, the presentation features more than 150 works that cut across time, space, and genre.
Themes explored include production and circulation; engagements with identity, politics, and truth; the varied material forms of photography and media; the connections among these disciplines and other art forms; and relationships among artist, subject, and viewer. Reclassifying works in these contexts, the exhibition offers a roadmap for exploring the global, multivocal, and ever-evolving field.