Please join us for the opening reception of Lucas Foglia: Human Nature and View Finder: Landscape and Leisure in the Collection, two new exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography that examines our relationship to the natural world and the human desire for “wild” places—even when those places are human constructions.
Lucas Foglia's lyrical, formally considered photographs challenge the concept that humans and nature operate in opposition, while highlighting the relentlessly uneasy, sometimes absurdly comedic juxtapositions of human technologies and nature. From literal urban jungles to so-called untarnished wilderness, from the scientific realities of climate change to the poetic human longing for time outdoors, Human Nature is a nuanced exploration of the forces—internal and external—that both pit us against and bring us closer to the natural world.
Presenting a selection of historical and contemporary works from the MoCP’s permanent collection and the Midwestern Photographers Project, View Finder: Landscape and Leisure in the Collection considers the varied ways these designated outdoor spaces enhance human experience, from allowing for rest and refuge, to their ability to meet other, more subliminal needs.
Thursday, July 19 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605