Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP)

The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP) will open to the public July 7, 2020. The museum's reopening will include timed ticketing, mandatory face masks, and a socially distanced viewing experience. The museum will restrict the number of guests in the museum in order to ensure a safe viewing experience.


The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography, with a permanent collection of over 15,500 works.  As an international hub, the MoCP generates ideas and provokes dialogue among students, artists, and diverse communities through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming.

Founded by Columbia College Chicago in 1976 as an intimate and comprehensive visual study center for students, educators, and general audiences alike, the MoCP presents public programs and exhibitions that foster a greater understanding of the artistic, cultural, and political implications of the image in our world today.

Now in its 44th year, the MoCP continues to offer a stimulating and innovative forum for the collection, creation, and examination of contemporary images from diverse aesthetic traditions and technologies.

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