Beyond the Frame

Friday, Jul 8 – Oct 30, 2022

Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan
Chicago, IL 60605

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) presents Beyond the Frame from July 8 – October 30, 2022. Beyond the Framespotlights the MoCP’s permanent collection of more than 16,500 works as a rich resource for harnessing visual literacy skills. This exhibition is organized by Kristin Taylor, Curator of Academic Programs and Collections. 

Each gallery features works focused on critical topics that appear repeatedly in the history of the medium, such as Portraiture and the Human Subject, Landscape and Place, and Staged and Constructed Images.

This exhibition brings together works by over 50 artists from the museum’s collection, including Beaumont Newhall, Ken Josephson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Vera Lutter, Aaron Siskind, Sally Mann, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, James Van Der Zee, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Kurt Weston, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edward Steichen, and many others.

“In displaying works by historical and contemporary, local and international artists together, we invite you to sit with the nuances that might shape your narratives,” said curator Kristin Taylor. “We invite you to look mindfully, and when you re-enter the image saturated world beyond the museum’s walls, to question and ponder the visual depictions you encounter. There is always more to the story beyond the frame.”

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Visitors can make a reservation at



Beyond the Frame has been generously supported through The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Impact Fund for Photography.

The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2021-2022 exhibition season is sponsored in part by the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, the Henry Nias Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 


The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago is the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography. As an international hub, the MoCP generates ideas and provokes dialogue among students, artists and diverse communities through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming. Now in its 46th exhibition season, the Museum of Contemporary Photography cultivates a deeper understanding of the artistic, cultural and political roles of photography in our world today.