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Panel Discussion: America’s Competitive Edge and Its Global Standing

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Michael Mergen, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Richmond, CA , 2008


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 5:30pm | MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs are proud to announce a panel discussion with economist Howard Friedman and exhibiting artists Michael Mergen, moderated by MoCP Director Natasha Egan.

Howard Friedman, statistician, health economist, and author of The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, and artist Michael Megen, whose photographic series 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is on view at MoCP, will discuss their work in connection with the themes explored in the MoCP’s current exhibition Peripheral Views: States of America.

The reception begins at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A cash bar will be available. The discussion begins at 6:30 at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Avenue and a book signing will immediately follow.

CCGA Young Professional Members $10; Nonmembers $20; Columbia College Students can register for free by contacting Allison Grant at [email protected]

Reservations are recommended. Learn more and register online at www.thechicagocouncil.org.


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Panel Discussion: America’s Competitive Edge and Its Global Standing

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Michael Mergen, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Richmond, CA , 2008


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 5:30pm | MoCP

The Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs are proud to announce a panel discussion with economist Howard Friedman and exhibiting artists Michael Mergen, moderated by MoCP Director Natasha Egan.

Howard Friedman, statistician, health economist, and author of The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America’s Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, and artist Michael Megen, whose photographic series 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is on view at MoCP, will discuss their work in connection with the themes explored in the MoCP’s current exhibition Peripheral Views: States of America.

The reception begins at 5:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. A cash bar will be available. The discussion begins at 6:30 at Stage Two, 618 S. Michigan Avenue and a book signing will immediately follow.

CCGA Young Professional Members $10; Nonmembers $20; Columbia College Students can register for free by contacting Allison Grant at [email protected]

Reservations are recommended. Learn more and register online at www.thechicagocouncil.org.


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MoCP | 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.663.5554 | [email protected]

Seeing Stars: Artist Lecture and Stargazing at the MoCP

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Aspen Mays, Punched Out Stars, Silver Gelatin Print, 2011

Throughout history, humans have devised countless ways to make sense of the universe surrounding them. Tomorrow evening, artist Aspen Mays, Ph.D Kathryn Schaffer and astronomer Joe Guzman will examine two of the most prominent instruments for studying the universe today: the telescope and the camera.

In conjunction with Our Origins, which is on display at the MoCP through October 16, Mays and Schaffer will discuss the similar ways scientists and artists search for insight into the broad expanses of the universe: by examining with a keen eye and intelligent insight.

Beginning at 6 p.m., Our Origins curator Allison Grant will moderate the conversation between Mays, whose past work is steeped scientific exploration and anthropological awareness, and Schaffer, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago whose experience includes stargazing with the South Pole Telescope.

At 8 p.m., guests will be escorted across the street to Grant Park, where Guzman will host a stargazing session.

At the event, we will be selling archival inkjet prints of Map of the World (after Buckminster Fuller), Aspen Mays’ 2011 selection from the MoCP’s Fine Print Program.

Admission is free and open to the public. While it is not mandatory to RSVP, it can be done via our Facebook page.

MoCP in the News: Press for Our Origins

“Where do we, as humans, come from?” With such a broad question at the heart of Our Origins, it’s no wonder the exhibition has gotten people talking. From art critics to bloggers, take a look at what people are saying about Our Origins, which is on display at the MoCP through October 16:

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Jennifer Ray, Strangler Fig Embrace, 2009; Courtesy of the artist

“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.” – Flavor Pill Chicago

“The chatter about where we come from seems inescapable. Which is what makes the relative silence of Our Origins refreshing.” – Chicago Reader

“Plenty of thought-provoking works on view.” – Time Out Chicago

“[Our Origins] reflects on natural history from a distinctly human point of view.” – The Beacon-News

“For all the wit, wisdom and insight here, Alison Ruttan steals the show… [While she] may not have revealed the mysteries of being; she has effectively portrayed us as too close to other primates for comfort, evoking a mixture of humor, absurdity, depression, truth and self-recognition.” – Newcity Art

In addition to the show, curator Allison Grant also gets a little love:

“It’s refreshing to see a curator take aim at the largest human questions, and it’s good for Grant’s first exhibition ever. I admire that ambition and hope Grant will continue probing those deep questions, since for as many artists as there are investigating consumerism and commodity culture, there are just as many examining the hard philosophical and scientific question” – Art Slant

Plenty of Stargazing at the Opening Reception for Our Origins

Some of the earliest humans theorized about our origins by gazing up at the cosmos.

Tonight, we will continue this time-honored experience at the opening reception for the museum’s current exhibition, Our Origins, which attempts to trace our shared human past beyond recorded history.

Join us for one (or all) of three opening events:

4pm: Sit in on a gallery discussion between exhibiting artists Alison Carey, Ken Fandell, Jennifer Ray and Alison Ruttan, which will be moderated by curator Allison Grant.

5 – 7pm: Mingle with exhibiting artists, enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and take in a public viewing of Our Origins.

8pm: Join us in Grant Park for stargazing with astronomer Joe Guzman.

Admission for each event is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit our website, check in with our Facebook page or give us a call at 312-369-7104.

Plenty of Stargazing at the Opening Reception for Our Origins

Some of the earliest humans theorized about our origins by gazing up at the cosmos.

Tonight, we will continue this time-honored experience at the opening reception for the museum’s current exhibition, Our Origins, which attempts to trace our shared human past beyond recorded history.

Join us for one (or all) of three opening events:

4pm: Sit in on a gallery discussion between exhibiting artists Alison Carey, Ken Fandell, Jennifer Ray and Alison Ruttan, which will be moderated by curator Allison Grant.

5 – 7pm: Mingle with exhibiting artists, enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and take in a public viewing of Our Origins.

8pm: Join us in Grant Park for stargazing with astronomer Joe Guzman.

Admission for each event is free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary. For more information, visit our website, check in with our Facebook page or give us a call at 312-369-7104.

Behind the Installation for Our Origins

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As today’s opening date drew near, the MoCP staff put the finishing touches on the museum’s newest exhibition, Our Origins. Created and organized by Allison Grant, the entire MoCP has put a lot of diligent work into this new exhibition. Take a look at the photos below to see how the installation went, from unpacking the crates to hanging the artwork and everything in between.

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Our Origins opens at the MoCP today — Friday, July 29. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibition or any of the events running in conjunction with the show, check out our website or call 312-369-7104.

Behind the Installation for Our Origins

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As today’s opening date drew near, the MoCP staff put the finishing touches on the museum’s newest exhibition, Our Origins. Created and organized by Allison Grant, the entire MoCP has put a lot of diligent work into this new exhibition. Take a look at the photos below to see how the installation went, from unpacking the crates to hanging the artwork and everything in between.

Main-Gallery---Ruttan.gif

Upper-Gallery---Painting.gif

Monkeys.gif

2Table%20%281%29.gif

2Ladder.gif

Our Origins opens at the MoCP today — Friday, July 29. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information on the exhibition or any of the events running in conjunction with the show, check out our website or call 312-369-7104.