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Spanning the history of the medium from its beginning in 1839 to the present, the Art Institute's photography collection contains works of many of the medium's celebrated practitioners. The collection originated in 1949, when Georgia O'Keeffe donated the Alfred Stieglitz Collection. The acquisition of the Julien Levy Collection, a gift of more than 200 photographs by Edward Weston, and purchases of the work of Paul Strand, Eugéne Atget, and André Kertész have made the department’s collection of modern masters one of the strongest in the world.
The Museum offers a wide variety of special exhibitions in all media throughout the year, from thematic and historical exhibitions to works by contemporary artists. Recent presentations include paintings, sculpture, printmaking and installation by contemporary Iraqi artists; early twentieth-century photographs by Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbott, and Old Master prints by such artists as Dürer, Cranach, Rembrandt and Goya. Lectures, concerts, and special events provide additional perspectives.
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The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) was founded in 2005 on the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago. LUMA is located on the Magnificent Mile in Lewis Towers, a historic 1926 Gothic Revival building. The museum, with 25,000 square feet contains eight main exhibition galleries, the William G. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall, the Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture, the Museum Shop, the Push Pin Gallery, and the Harlan J. Berk Ltd. Works on Paper Gallery. LUMA welcomes new members and volunteers at all levels of participation.
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Founded by Columbia College Chicago in 1984 as the successor to the 1976 Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the museum collaborates with artists, photographers, communities, and institutions locally, nationally, and internationally. As the leading photography museum in the Midwest, presenting projects and exhibitions and acquiring works that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the museum offers students, educators, research specialists, and general audiences an intimate and comprehensive visual study center.
The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s collections uniquely illustrate the diversity of regional, national, and international photographic practice. The museum’s permanent collection is comprised of more than 10,000 photographs and photographically-related objects produced since 1936. The Midwest Photographers Project is a rotating archive of contemporary work by artists living and working in the Midwest.
The photographic works in the NMMA’s permanent collection include a variety of media ranging from vintage albumen prints to contemporary laser-generated images. The subject matter spans documentary photographs of 19th-century Mexico and the Mexican Revolution to recent mixed-media assemblages. There are approximately five hundered photos in the museum's collection.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Collection has outstanding examples of visual art from 1945 to the present with a strong focus on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography, and work by Chicago-based artists. These highlights from the 2,500 objects in the collection are arranged alphabetically by artist’s last name and range in media from painting, sculpture, and photography to installation and video. Each object is accompanied by an image and a short description. Although not represented here, the MCA also has over 3,000 examples in its collection of artists’ books.
Only a small percentage of collection works are on view at any given time and may be found in any of the museum spaces. These works are often used to create rotating thematic exhibitions.
The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is among the leaders in the recovery of the history, languages, and cultures of the ancient Near East. In the halcyon days of the 1930s, when universities and museums conducted expeditions on a scale now unheard of, Oriental Institute teams worked in nearly every country of the Near East. An integral part of each excavation was the expedition photographer, who was entrusted with capturing not only the routine of each day’s work but also the moments of discovery and exploration. These images recount some of these memorable moments, as the Oriental Institute sifted the sands of time.
With nearly 5,000 artworks, the permanent collection of the Block Museum boasts rich and diverse holdings of works on paper, textiles and a number of monumental bronze sculptures.
Prints—the core of the Block’s collection—and photographs bring to life the museum’s mission: the study and exhibition of reproducible art forms. Ranging from the 15th century to the present, the collection features work by Albrecht Dürer, Honoré Daumier, Mary Cassatt, Max Beckmann, Andy Warhol, Ed Paschke and many others. Highlights include:
• Architectural drawings by Walter Burley and Marion Mahony Griffin
• Prints, drawings and photographs produced under the Works Progress Administration and the Farm Security Administration
• Intaglios from fine print publisher Riverhouse Editions
• Computer generated works on paper from the 1950s to today
• Works by Chicago artists
During the early 1970s, the Rockford Art Association sought to expand its collection into fine art photography. The Radius exhibitions produced several purchase awards, but more importantly it brought the association into contact with Arnold Gilbert, collector and champion of photography as a fine art. The Gilbert Collection donated in 1974, 1976 and in 1991 forms the backbone of the more than 290 photographs in the collection. Today, Rockford Art Museum collects from the beginning of the process of photography to contemporary and experimental photographers. It holds a substantial collection of prints by Brett Weston and Mexican photographer Manuel Carrillo.