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The Art Institute of Chicago Field Guide to Photography and Media


The Art Institute of Chicago, 2023

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Available to booksellers from Yale University Press.

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
Leticia Alvarado
Carol Armstrong
Rebecca Arnold
Nadya Bair
George Baker
Geoffrey Batchen
Jordan Bear
Ali Behdad
Walead Beshty
Dawoud Bey
Emilie Boone
Marta Braun
Monica Bravo
Antawan I. Byrd 
Zahid Chaudhary
Anne Anlin Cheng
Tacita Dean
Liz Deschenes
Grace Deveney
Georges Didi-Huberman
Elizabeth Edwards
Steve Edwards
Noam M. Elcott
Hannah Feldman and Hito Steyerl
Duncan Forbes
Devin Fore
Carl Fuldner
Tamar Garb
Thierry Gervais
Mark Godfrey
David Hartt
Patricia Hayes
Marvin Heiferman
Jonathan Katz
Robin Kelsey
Sabine T. Kriebel
Lauren Kroiz
Carrie Lambert-Beatty
Susan Laxton
Leigh Ledare
Anthony W. Lee
Michael Leja
Olivier Lugon
Ingrid Masondo
Jordana Mendelson
Paul Messier
Wardell Milan and Noah Wertheimer
Sarah M. Miller
Rabih Mroué
Solveig Nelson
Oluremi C. Onabanjo
Sylvie Pénichon
Christopher Phillips
Thy Phu
Chitra Ramalingam
Michal Raz-Russo
Martha Rosler
Vikramaditya Sahai
Vanessa Schwartz
Elizabeth Siegel
Abigail Solomon-Godeau
Roberto Tejada
Drew Thompson
Reiko Tomii
Jennifer Tucker
Jeff Wall
Brian Wallis
Laura Wexler
Mechtild Widrich
Amanda Williams
Christopher Williams
Leslie M. Wilson
Andrés Mario Zervigón
Claire Zimmerman

424 pages, 11 1/2 × 9 1/4 in.
400 color + 209 black and white illus.

Hardcover $65 ($58.50 members)
ISBN: 978-0-300-266887


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