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Museum of Contemporary Photography

Exhibition Detail
Our Origins
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

July 29th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Dean Sequence, from the series Four Year War at Gombe, Alison RuttanAlison Ruttan,
Dean Sequence, from the series Four Year War at Gombe,
Found Silver Gelatin Print
© Courtesy of the artist and Museum of Contemporary Photography
Michigan Ave/Downtown
Mon-Wed; 10-5; Thurs 10-8; Sat 10-5; Sun 12-5
photography, video-art, sculpture

Our Origins is an exhibition that considers the human inclination to trace our beginnings beyond recorded history and explores our limited capacity to draw conclusive answers about the meaning of life from such efforts. The contemporary artists in this exhibition use photography, video, drawing and sculpture to reflect on natural history from a distinctly human point of view. This approach emphasizes questions about the paradoxical nature of human intelligence in a Universe that cannot be altogether explained. Where did we come from? How is it that we have come to possess a consciousness and a psyche? What does the future hold? The exhibition does not provide explicit answers to the great mysterious questions of our Universe, but rather ponders the very idea that such questions are perhaps unanswerable.

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