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Museum of Contemporary Photography / Columbia College Chicago | 600 S. Michigan Ave
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Presenting a wide array of photographs from the 1950s to today, Beyond the Backyard examines the outdoor places in which we spend our leisure time, ranging from domestic backyards to more public areas. Broadly speaking, the exhibition considers the possibility of looking “beyond the backyard” in both a literal and metaphorical sense. The spatial and social organization of the traditional backyard emphasizes privacy and insularity but this viewpoint conceals a complex relationship between the backyard space and what its fences are meant to keep out. Many of these photographs offer insights in this direction and themes such as voyeurism, encroaching industry, and encounters with wildlife surface repeatedly. At the same time, this exhibition expands outwards from the familiarized notion of the backyard as a pivotal element in suburban mythology and the included images variously reflect and challenge this ideal. Viewed here alongside suburban perspectives, certain urban and rural settings—city parks, street-side spaces, and family farms—serve as potent counterpoints to the familiar backyard while revealing some thought-provoking similarities as well. The exhibition is drawn largely from the Permanent Collection of MoCP and the museum’s Midwest Photographers Project, and will include the work of Bill Owens, Nic Nicosia, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, William Christenberry, Amy Stein, Sarah Faust, Bruce Davidson, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Tricia Moreau Sweeney, and many others.

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Beyond the Backyard

mit Bill Owens, Nic Nicosia, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, William Christenberry, Amy Stein, Sarah Faust, Bruce Davidson, Kohei Yoshiyuki, Tricia Moreau Sweeney ...