1. Adi Nes discusses his exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography


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    Fall 2002 Adi Nes: Photographs Using hired models, make-up, and teams of assistants, Israeli photographer Adi Nes (born 1966) creates meticulous, large-scale staged photographs depicting Israeli soldiers at work, in combat, at play, and at rest. Exploring themes of masculinity, fraternity, and national and cultural identity, Nes’s photographs contain an artifice that subtly questions gender identity in a specifically Israeli context — that of the army. At first glance his soldiers are seemingly tough and macho, however they soon reveal themselves to be tender - and posed. Nes re-interprets paintings from art history such as Leonardo’s The Last Supper (1498) , as well as photographs from Israel’s more recent political history. One picture, for example, depicts five soldiers on a flagpole, a re-staging of the famous photograph of the flag being raised in Um Rashrash (Eilat) during the War of Independence. In Nes’s version, however, there is no flag — its absence deprives the scene of its original meaning and impact. This exhibition is organized in partnership with the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla.

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    • Gallery Talk: Randy Hayes discusses his work in conjunction with the Limits of Photography exhibition at the MoCP


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      Randy Hayes discusses his pieces on display at the Museum of Contemporary Photography exhibition Limits of Photography. January 26, 2012

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      • Gallery Talk: Vera Klement discusses her work in conjunction with the Limits of Photography exhibition at the MoCP


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        Vera Klement discusses her photo and collage work in conjunction with the Limits of Photography exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. January 36, 2012

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        • Rod Slemmons


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          A conversation on Fotofest and fine art photography with Rod Slemmons, the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago from 2002 to 2011. He also taught undergraduate photo history and graduate seminars there in the Photography Department. Rod is currently Curator at Large for MOCP and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as Acting Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College. Rod taught photography and the history of photography for 12 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was National Chair of the Society for Photographic Education from 1990 to 1994. Slemmons was named as Honored Educator at the SPE National Conference in 2007. Previously he was the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Seattle Art Museum for 14 years. Rod trained at George Eastman House and the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1976 – 78. He also has an MA in contemporary literature.

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          • WJT Mitchell Lecture, March 20, 2012


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            W.J.T. Mitchell is a scholar and theorist of media, visual art, and literature associated with the emergent fields of visual culture and iconology (the study of images across the media). This lecture argues against the view that digital photography does not have the firm grip on reality that was claimed by traditional photography. On the contrary, as Mitchell explains, digital photography offers a “double entry bookkeeping” of reality that “expands the potential scope of photographic truth-claims along with the potential for lying.” A Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, Mitchell is editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Critical Inquiry, and the author of numerous publications including What Do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images (2005). Video courtesy of Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV)

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