Pre-Point And Shoot
Think First, Shoot Later: MCA Collection
The geometric, five-storey jack-of-all-trades artistic centre that is Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is home to a fabulous permanent collection of American and international greats and always worth a visit, but particularly so this month with the launch of the six-month exhibit entitled ‘Think First, Shoot Later’. Focusing on the evolution and key conceptual shift of modern photography in the 1960s, the show aims to create discourse on the period when photography went from being primarily spontaneous, instinctive and ‘of the moment’ to something rather more systematic, premeditated and staged – hence the exhibition name.
Drawing from pieces in the MCA Chicago’s in-depth photography holdings, TFSL is also supplemented by loans from the Chicago community, and the resulting body of work showcases many of the defining artists and themes, with names like German artist Andreas Gursky (who shot Rhein II, currently holding the title for most expensive photograph ever sold), iconic 1970s feminist photographer Cindy Sherman, and Vancouver’s large-scale cibachrome photographer Jeff Wall among other pioneering names in conceptual photography. In our ever technologically-advancing, camera and smartphone-toting, Facebook and Instagram-posting era, TFSL proves a pleasantly nostalgic look back at the darkroom age. Click!