Speaking of the MoCP: A gallery talk and reception for the ongoing Our Origins exhibit is set for Sept. 8 at the museum. Chronicling how artists use photography, video, drawing and sculpture to trace our beginnings beyond recorded history, it includes the work of Jenny Åkerlund, Julia Büttelmann, Alison Carey, Eric William Carroll, Michelle Ceja, Ken Fandell, Jason Lazarus, Aspen Mays, Scott McFarland, Patricia Piccinini, Mark Ruwedel, Jennifer Ray, Alison Ruttan, SEMICONDUCTOR, Rachel Sussman and Penelope Umbrico. A talk with Mays, Beyond Visibiity: Photography and Our Connection to the Cosmos, is scheduled for Oct. 4. The exhibit runs through Oct. 16.
Other photography on display at the Art Institute through Sept. 25: Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Dolls and Masks (Gallery 1) and Souvenirs of the Barbizon: Photographs, Paintings and Works on Paper (Allerton Galleries 2-4). Photography and photomontage also feature prominently in the Museum's Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life exhibit in Galleries 182-184 through Oct. 9.
The Chicago Photo Collective's GoDoGood exhibit features over 30 photographers and runs through Oct. 2. Up in MIlwaukee, the photographs and writings of Taryn Simon are on exhibit Sept. 22 through Jan. 1 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The show includes selection of work from ambitious projects such as An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiiar (below).