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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!