Thomas Demand, Poll, 2001 [source]
Truly one of the best photography shows in recent memory. MCA EXPOSED: Defining Moments in Photography, 1967-2007 not only pulls together some of the best photos of the last forty years, it does so in a challenging and engaging fashion. Ordered in logical, and sometimes provocative, groupings — “staged photography,” “portraits,” “landscape” — in rooms that are prominently labeled, but not overly text-heavy, this exhibition is proof that the MCA’s reputation as the go-to museum for contemporary, conceptual photography is well-deserved.
Two regrets: there is no exhibition catalogue, and the museum’s website offers very little information about this show. Those who can’t make it to Chicago before July will miss out on a great exhibition. The MCA would be wise to follow MOCA’s lead: offering the audio tour of the new WACK exhibition, along with reviews and a preview of the catalogue, online.
MCA EXPOSED: Defining Moments in Photography, 1967-2007
February 24 – July 29, 2007