This ambitious, wide-ranging volume focuses on the Art Institute of Chicago’s deep and varied collection of photographs, books and other printed matter, installation art, photobooks, albums, and time-based media. Seventy-five short essays by prominent artists, curators, university professors, and independent scholars explore topics essential to understanding photography and media today. The essays, organized around themes ranging from the expected to the esoteric, are paired with key objects from the collection in order to address issues of aesthetics, history, philosophy, power relations, production, and reception. More than 400 high-quality reproductions amplify the authors’ arguments and suggest additional dialogues across conventional divisions of chronology, genre, geography, and technology. An introductory essay by Matthew S. Witkovsky traces the museum’s history of acquisitions and how the evolution of the museum’s collection reflects broader changes in the critical reception of the field of photography and media.
Edited by Antawan I. Byrd and Elizabeth Siegel, with Carl Fuldner
With an introduction by Matthew S. Witkovsky and 75 entries by prominent artists, curators, university professors, and independent scholars, including:
Kate Palmer Albers
Antawan I. Byrd
Anne Anlin Cheng
Noam M. Elcott
Hannah Feldman and Hito Steyerl
Sabine T. Kriebel
Anthony W. Lee
Wardell Milan and Noah Wertheimer
Sarah M. Miller
Oluremi C. Onabanjo
Leslie M. Wilson
Andrés Mario Zervigón
424 pages, 11 1/2 × 9 1/4 in.
400 color + 209 black and white illus.
Hardcover $65 ($58.50 members)