This past week I visited the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) to see the exhibition “Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography”. The exhibition primarily featured works by Josephson but also had works by Robert Heinecken, David Hockney and more that are listed here. These artists changed the way we look at photography not only as art but as a daily part of our lives. By going beyond taking the traditional photograph and stylizing it into something different, whether it be through forms of collage and pastiche, the methods of developing the photos and way the final works were arranged, these artists became pioneers of contemporary photography.
I found this piece really interesting, it’s a collection of magazine images and advertisements reworked by Robert Heinecken. The piece, titled Are You Rea was made in the 1960’s. During this time, the public was being completely oversaturated with different perceptions of what it meant to be “beautiful”. The purpose of this series of photographs is to question these standards that are set by the media and to subscribe to our own ideas rather than the ones set in place for us.
Have any of you been to the MCA to see this exhibition? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.