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July 29, 2011 – Oct 16, 2011

Mondays–Wednesdays (10am–5pm)

Thursdays (10am–8pm)

Fridays–Saturdays (10am–5pm)

Sundays (noon–5pm)


Museum of Contemporary Photography

600 S Michigan Ave





Photography, with its necessarily framed nature and self-awareness of the limitations of the human eye, is a perfect medium from which to consider the boundaries of what we can know. Our Origins at MoCP features the work of over a dozen photographers, sculptors, and painters who seek to represent the genesis of human life, from the galaxies around us to the history of the natural world far beyond the finitude of human life. Inspired by everything from fossils to x-ray diffusion, this ambitious group show considers the unanswerable questions — all from a very self-conscious, often very funny point of view.

Monica Westin, Flavorpill

MoCP says…

Our Origins is an exhibition that considers the human inclination to trace our beginnings beyond recorded history and explores our limited capacity to draw conclusive answers about the meaning of life from such efforts. The contemporary artists in this exhibition use photography, video, drawing and sculpture to reflect on natural history from a distinctly human point of view. Featuring the work of: Jenny Åkerlund, Julia Büttelmann, Alison Carey, Eric William Carroll, Michelle Ceja, Ken Fandell, Jason Lazarus, Aspen Mays, Scott McFarland, Patricia Piccinini, Mark Ruwedel, Jennifer Ray, Alison Ruttan, SEMICONDUCTOR, Rachel Sussman, Penelope Umbrico.