ONLINE THIS WEEK: Vera Lutter Studio Tour; Into the Archives with Natasha Egan; and Cyanotype Workshop with Sheridyn Villareal—Museum of Contemporary Photography

A Photo Negative Image created by Vera Lutter using a camera obscura. The scene is a Chicago skyline—it looks like an X-Ray of Skyscrapers. Buildings have lots of bones inside of them.
Vera Lutter, 333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, October 16, 2001

MoCP Behind the Lens: Vera Lutter
Friday, May 22, 13:00 Eastern Time
Presented virtually via Zoom
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Join the MoCP and photographer Vera Lutter for a virtual sneak peek into her studio! Drawing inspiration from the urban landscape, Lutter’s work utilizes the tool of the camera obscura to render the world around her unfamiliar and new. 
 The camera obscura (literally, “dark room”) is one of the oldest optical technologies, the principle of which holds that when light passes through a small aperture into a darkened chamber, an inverted image will appear on the wall opposite the hole. Lutter hangs black-and-white photographic paper on the wall to capture the image. The resulting pictures are one-of-a-kind paper negatives. In 2001, the MoCP commissioned Lutter to turn rooms in Chicago office buildings into camera obscuras and photograph Chicago’s downtown. This event will be recorded and transcribed.  If you require special accommodations for this event, please contact mocp@colum.edu.

This image is a checkerboard made of photographs of the sun taken by various folks on Flickr—compiled by Penelope Umbrico. It fills one with both hope and terror; the dawn and it's promises of a new day; and the disorientation created by imagining that seventy-two suns have begun to rise beyond the horizon.
Penelope Umbrico, Excerpt from 8,146,774 Suns from Flickr (Partial) 10/15/10, 2010

Photos at Zoom: Into the Vault with MoCP Director Natasha Egan
Wednesday, May 20, 13:00 Eastern Time

Presented virtually via Zoom
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Ever wonder where the MoCP stores its collection of 16,000 photographs? This week for Photos at Zoom, join MoCP executive director Natasha Egan in an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into the vault! Learn about the MoCP’s vast collection of photographic objects and how these works inform the curatorial process, including curatorial approaches from former guest curators Teju Cole and Jan Tichy. Egan will discuss works by Dawoud Bey, Binh Danh, Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Vera Lutter, Shi Guorui, and Penelope Umbrico. This event will be recorded and transcribed.  If you require special accommodations for this event, please contact mocp@colum.edu.

This image is a floral cyanotype—which appears a lot like an illustration floating in a sea of blue-ness. It's a royal blue, with white highlights where the tiny flowers would be. Seems to include two ferns, as well. It makes me think of my Grandmother and the doilies she would place on her dining table. The image was unattributed to any artist.
Image Credit Unattributed.

Cyanotype Workshop
May 21, 17:00 Eastern Time

Presented virtually via Zoom
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Join MoCP intern Sheridyn Villareal for a live demonstration of the cyanotype printmaking process, where she will demonstrate how to create the photosensitive medium and then how to use it to create simple or complex prints using found objects and natural materials. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind demonstration! This workshop is open to all, though teens are especially encouraged to attend!