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Kenneth Josephson on leave from the army, 1953. Collection of the artist.

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Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs, 1965. Wood folding chair, mounted photograph of a chair, and mounted photographic enlargement of the dictionary definition of “chair”; chair: 32 3/8 × 14 7/8 in. (82 × 37.8 × 53 cm); photographic panel: 36 × 24 1/8 (91.5 × 61.1 cm); text panel: 24 × 24 1/8 in. (61 × 61.3 cm). Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund, The Museum of Modern Art. © 2015 Joseph Kosuth/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.

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Walker Evans, Penny Picture Display, Savannah, 1936, printed c. 1962. Gelatin silver print; 21.6 × 17.7 cm. Restricted gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne, 1962.148, The Art Institute of Chicago. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Margaret Bourke-White, African American flood victims lining up to get food and clothing from a relief station in front of a billboard ironically proclaiming WORLD’S HIGHEST STANDARD OF LIVING/THERE’S NO WAY LIKE THE AMERICAN WAY, 1937. Photo by Margaret Bourke-White/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image.

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Ansel Easton Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941. Gelatin silver print, 14 ½ x 19 in. (36.9 × 48 cm). Peabody Fund, 1952.203, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © 2015 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.

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Alfred Stieglitz, Rebecca Salsbury Strand, 1922. Gelatin silver print; image/paper: 3 5/8 × 4 5/8 in. (9.2 × 11.8 cm), mount: 13 1/8 × 10 ½ in. (33.6 × 26.6 cm). Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949.734, The Art Institute of Chicago. This work is represented by the Artists Rights Society (ARS).

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Kenneth Josephson, M.Z., 2014. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

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Kenneth Josephson, contact strip of Matthew, 1965. Gelatin silver print. Collection of the artist. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

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Harry Callahan, Eleanor and Barbara, Chicago, c. 1954. Gelatin silver print; 7 11/16 X 9 5/8 in. (19.53 × 24.45 cm). San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Virginia Hassel Ballinger in memory of Paul Hassel. © The Estate of Harry Callahan; courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.

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Kenneth Josephson (left) with Robert Heinecken (center, in white shirt), ca. 1980–82. Also in photo are Peter Bunnell (behind Heinecken) and Chris Enos. SX-70 Polaroid; collection of the artist. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

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Xaviera Simmons, On Sculpture #2, 2011. Color photograph; 40 × 50 in. (101.6 × 127 cm). Edition of 3. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery, Miami, and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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Jimmy Robert, Untitled, 2010. Archival ink-jet print and medium-density fiberboard with beech veneer frame; print: 31 ½ x 31 ½ in. (80 × 80 cm), frame: 12 × 24 × 36 in. (30.5 × 61 × 91.5 cm). Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © Jimmy Robert, courtesy Stigter van Doesburg, Gallery, Amsterdam.

Picture Fiction artwork

John Baldessari, Three Eyes (with Gold Bug), 1987. Acrylic and photoemulsion on canvas; four parts, installed: 91 x 111 in. (231.1 x 281.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of anonymous donor, 1993.28.a–d. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction Artwork

John Baldessari, Fish and Ram, 1988. Tempera on gelatin silver and chromogenic development prints; 109 3/4 x 144 ¼ in. (278.8 x 366.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Gerald S. Elliott; Anne and William J. Hokin by exchange; and National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant, 1989.2.a–e. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Walead Beshty, Four-Sided Picture (Red/Green/Blue/Yellow) December 31, 2006, Valencia, CA, 2007. Chromogenic development print; 88 1/2 x 58 7/8 x 2 ½ in. (224.8 x 149.5 x 6.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Karen and Daniel Lee, 2008.12. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Gary Beydler, Pasadena Freeway Stills, 1974. Transferred 16 mm film (color, silent); 6 minutes. Courtesy of Canyon Cinema, San Francisco, and the artist’s estate.

Picture Fiction artwork

Anne Collier, Untitled (Light Years, Douglas Kirkland), 2009. Chromogenic development print; framed: 50 13/16 x 64 9/16 in. (129.1 x 164 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Marshall Field’s by exchange, 2014.19. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

John Coplans, Self Portrait (Double Feet, Five Panels), 1988. Gelatin silver print; 33 x 97 in. (83.9 x 246.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Anne and William J. Hokin, 1989.11. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Robert Cumming, Coleman Cooler, Borrego Desert, CA, 1971. Gelatin silver print; image: 19.5 × 24.5 cm; paper: 19.8 × 24.9 cm; mount: 40.6 × 50.7 cm. Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Arnold and Temmie Gilbert, 1984.1282. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

Picture Fiction artwork

Roe Ethridge, Beach Scene (Louis Feraud), 2008. Chromogenic development print; framed: 40 3/4 x 31 ¾ in. (103.5 x 80.6 cm), sight: 37 1/2 x 29 ¼ in. (95.3 x 74.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Emerge, 2013.21. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Dan Graham, Bedroom Dining Room Model House, 1967. Chromogenic development prints; sheet: 37 3/4 x 27 5/8 in. (95.9 ?x 70.2 cm), frame: 38 7/8 x 28 7/8 in. (98.7 x 73.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.42. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Rodney Graham, Small Basement Camera Shop circa 1937, 2011. Painted aluminum light box with transmounted chromogenic transparency; 71 1/2 x 71 ½ x 7 in. (181.6 x 181.6 x 17.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange in honor of Donald Young, 2012.1. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Robert Heinecken, Are You Rea, 1964–68. Reproductions of photograms; 27 prints, each: 12 3/4 x 10 in. (32.4 x 25.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Daryl Gerber Stokols, 1998.42.1–27. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Leslie Hewitt, Untitled (Geographic Delay), 2009. Digital chromogenic print; framed: 31 1/16 x 37 1/16 in. (78.9 x 94.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Jack and Sandra Guthman, 2016.33. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

David Hockney, Gregory loading his camera, 1983. Photographic collage on paper; sheet: 21 x 14 in. (53.3 x 35.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Paul and Dedrea Gray, 1993.18. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction Artwork

Joseph Jachna, Door County, Wisconsin, 1970. Gelatin silver print; 8 1/8 x 12 in. (20.6 x 30.5 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Arnold M. Gilbert, 1974.15.1. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Joseph Jachna, Door County, Wisconsin, 1970. Gelatin silver print; 6 x 9 in. (15.2 x 22.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Arnold M. Gilbert, 1974.15.3. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1964, 1964. Gelatin silver print; 9 × 9 in. (22.9 × 22.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Matthew, 1965, 1965. Gelatin silver print; 7 7/8 × 12 in. (20 × 30.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Stockholm, 1967, 1967. Gelatin silver print; sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Purchase Grant, 1980.13. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Illinois, 1970, 1970. Collage; 5 ¼ x 8 7/8 in. (13.3 × 22.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Michigan (History of Photography Series), 1970, 1970. Gelatin silver print; 9 × 9 in. (22.9 × 22.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, New York State, 1970, 1970. Gelatin silver print; framed: 17 × 21 in. (43.2 × 53.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Katherine S. Schamberg by exchange, 2014.4. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Wyoming, 1971 (from the History of Photography series), 1971. Gelatin silver print; framed: 19 x 15 in. (48.3 x 38.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Arnold Gilbert by exchange, 2014.5. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

A black-and-white photo of the Chicago skyline from the north shore of Lake Michigan is overlaid with rectangular color image fragments of the same view. The color images add and subtract people from the lakefront view.
Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1972, 1972. Gelatin silver print and postcard collage; 4 3/4 x 7 in. (12.1 x 17.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the Foster Charitable Trust in memory of Reuben A. Foster, 1983.37. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Indiana, 1972, 1972. Gelatin silver print; sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Purchase Grant, 1980.14. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Istanbul, 1972, 1972. Gelatin silver print; sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Purchase Grant, 1980.11. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Bread Book

Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Kenneth Josephson, The Bread Book, 1973. Offset print on paper; saddle-stitched, softcover. MCA Chicago Artists’ Books Collection, gift of the artist, 81.406. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1973, 1973. Gelatin silver print; 6 1/32 × 9 1/16 in. (15.3 × 23 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Polapans, 1973, 1973. Gelatin silver print; 9 1/16 × 9 1/16 in. (23 × 22.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Sally’s Clothes, 1973, 1973. Plexi-tube with clothes and gelatin silver photographs; 11 ¼ x 6 × 6 in. (28.6 × 15.2 × 15.2 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Sally’s Skirt, 1973. Gelatin silver print, straight pin, cotton fabric, and metallic frame with acrylic glazing; frame: 62.7 × 78 × 3.5 cm. Collection Art Institute of Chicago, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund, 1996.468. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Washington, D.C., 1975, 1975. Gelatin silver print; mat: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Purchase Grant, 1980.12. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1976, 1976. Gelatin silver print; framed: 19 1/2 x 19 in. (49.5 x 48.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Katherine S. Schamberg by exchange, 2014.6. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1976, 1976. Gelatin silver print; 9 × 9 in. (22.9 × 22.9 cm). Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1980, 1980. Gelatin silver print; framed: 17 x 21 in. (43.2 x 53.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the artist, 2014.7. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Chicago, 1980, 1980/2001. Gelatin silver print; 9 × 9 in. (22.9 × 22.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Wisconsin, 1980, 1980. Gelatin silver print; 9 × 9 in. (22.9 × 22.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Light Penetration, 1986. 42 gelatin silver prints and mixed media, edition 6 of 7; 35.5 × 27.7 cm (41 pieces of paper); 22.8 × 15.5 cm (image); 25.1 × 20.2 cm (paper); 36.9 × 97 × 3.2 cm (installation, approx.). Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall, 1999.454a–rr. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Untitled (History of Photography Series), 1991, 1991. Gelatin silver print; 12 7/16 × 9 11/16 in. (31.6 × 24.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Matthew again … , 1980, c. 1995. Gelatin silver print; 12 1/32 × 8 in. © Kenneth Josephson. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery.

Picture Fiction artwork

Kenneth Josephson, Thinking of Robert (History of Photography Series), 2014, 2014. Gelatin silver print; 8 ¾ x 12 13/16 in. (22.2 × 32.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Barbara Kasten, Architectural Site 8, Loyola Law, 1986. Silver dye-bleach print; sight: 61 1/4 x 47 ½ in. (155.6 x 120.7 cm), framed: 63 x 49 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (160 x 125.1 x 4.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Michael J. Wong, M.D. and Marion C. Fay, 2013.20. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Joseph Kosuth, No Number #6 (On Color, Blue), 1991. Glass tubing with argon and mercury; 4 x 108 in. (10.2 x 274.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund; and National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant, 1991.5. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Jessica Labatte, Imitators (from Lazy Shadows series), 2010. Archival ink-jet print and frame; 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Jessica Labatte, Figural Concretion #11, 2015. Unique black-and-white photograph, frame, and pedestal; approx: 73 × 58 in. (185.4 × 147.3 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago.
Jessica Labatte, Figural Concretion #11 (detail), 2015. Unique black-and-white photograph, frame, and pedestal; approx: 73 × 58 in. (185.4 × 147.3 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Laura Letinsky, To Want for Nothing Series, 02, 2018. Archival pigment print, edition 1 of 7; 49 4/5 × 60 ½ in. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York.

Picture Fiction artwork

Laura Letinsky, To Want for Nothing Series, 03, 2018. Archival pigment print, edition 1 of 7; 49 4/5 × 60 ½ in. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson, New York.

Picture Fiction artwork

Sol LeWitt, Photo Grids, 1977. Offset print on paper; perfect bound, softcover; 2 copies: 10 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (26 x 26.3 cm), 52 pages. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Grant and gift of the Men’s Council, 2012.112. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Matt Lipps, Special Problems (from Library of Photography series), 2013. Chromogenic development print; 78 ½ x 50 in. (199.4 × 127 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles.

Picture Fiction artwork

Nic Nicosia, Real Pictures #11, 1988. Gelatin silver print; sheet: 84 x 50 1/16 in. (213.4 x 127.2 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Maremont Corporation by exchange, 1992.95. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Joyce Neimanas, Don’t Touch, 1978. Ink, colored pencil, paper, staples, and safety pins on gelatin silver print; sheet/comp: 19 7/8 x 16 in. (50.5 x 40.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Purchase Grant, 1980.15. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

B. Ingrid Olson, Male Fantasy, 2016. Ink-jet print and UV-printed mat board in aluminum frame; 20 × 13 in. (50.8 × 33 cm). Collection of Jean-Edouard Van Praet. Image courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York.

Picture Fiction artwork

B. Ingrid Olson, Split Hinge, 2016. Ink-jet print and UV-printed mat board in aluminum frame; 17 × 12 in. (43.2 × 30.5 cm). Collection of Mr. Randall S. Kroszner and David L. Nelson. Image courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York.

Picture Fiction artwork

B. Ingrid Olson, Night wave, splitting chain, 2017. Ink-jet print and UV-printed mat board in aluminum frame; 27 × 18 in. (68.6 × 45.7 cm). Image courtesy of the artist and Simone Subal Gallery, New York.

Picture Fiction artwork

Lisa Oppenheim, The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006. Slide projection of 15 color 35 mm slides, continuous loop, edition of 4, aside from one artist’s proof; overall dimensions variable. Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Lisa Oppenheim, The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006. Slide projection of 15 color 35 mm slides, continuous loop, edition of 4, aside from one artist’s proof; overall dimensions variable. Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Lisa Oppenheim, The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006. Slide projection of 15 color 35 mm slides, continuous loop, edition of 4, aside from one artist’s proof; overall dimensions variable. Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
Lisa Oppenheim, The Sun is Always Setting Somewhere Else, 2006. Slide projection of 15 color 35 mm slides, continuous loop, edition of 4, aside from one artist’s proof; overall dimensions variable. Collection Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

Picture Fiction artwork

Gabriel Orozco, Ball on Water (Pelota en agua), 1994. Silver dye-bleach print; framed: 21 7/8 x 27 7/8 x 1 ¼ in. (55.6 x 27.9 x 3.2 cm), sheet: 12 1/4 x 18 ¼ in. (31.1 x 46.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.50. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Gabriel Orozco, Socks 1, 1995. Silver dye-bleach print; framed: 22 1/8 x 28 1/8 x 1 3/8 in. (56.1 x 71.4 x 3.5 cm), sheet: 12 1/8 x 18 ¼ in. (30.8 x 46.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.51. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Ed Ruscha, Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1969. Offset print on paper; perfect bound, softcover; 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 in. (18 x 14 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Grant and gift of the Men’s Council, 2012.84. © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Edward Ruscha, Some Los Angeles Apartments, 1970. Offset print on paper; perfect bound, softcover; 7 x 5 1/2 in. (17.7 x 14 cm), 48 pages. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Grant and gift of the Men’s Council, 2012.86. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Edward Ruscha, Various Small Fires, 1970. Offset print on paper; perfect bound, softcover; 7 x 5 1/2 in. (17.7 x 14 cm), 48 pages. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Grant and gift of the Men’s Council, 2012.87. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Xaviera Simmons, Index Three, Composition Two, 2012. Chromogenic development print; framed: 56 7/16 x 41 ½ in. (143.4 x 105.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Arnold Gilbert by exchange, 2014.2. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Buzz Spector, Waterfalls, 1991. Postcards, paper, and aluminum; 71 x 10 ½ x 8 ¼ in. (180.3 x 26.7 x 21 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund, 1991.22.a–b. Photo © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

John Stezaker, Untitled (Film Still Collage) XVI, 2005. Collage; 8 x 10 1/8 in. (20.3 x 25.7 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Helen and Sam Zell, 2009.23. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction artwork

Jeff Wall, Diagonal Composition, 1993. Silver dye-bleach transparency and light box; 19 1/2 x 22 ½ x 5 in. (49.5 x 57.2 x 12.7 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.66. Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction Floor plan

Floor plan for Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Image © MCA Chicago.

Picture Fiction Installation images

Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography, MCA Chicago, Apr 28–Dec 30, 2018. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Video

Video accompanying Picture Fiction: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography

Video

A walk through Picture Fiction with Kenneth Josephson

Picture Fiction Public Programs Video

MCA Talk: Kenneth Josephson with Michael Darling, Apr 28, 2018

Public Fiction Public Program Video

MCA Talk: Photoconceptualism, Mar 1, 2016

Picture Fiction Public Program Video

MCA Talk: The City Between Image and Fact, Jan 26, 2016

About the Artist image

Kenneth Josephson. Photo © John Goodman 2015.

1983 Retrospective image from opening

Exhibition curator Lynne Warren, Kenneth Josephson, and MCA Director John Neff at the opening of Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, Mar 25, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.

1983 Retrospective Installation images

Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Mar 25–May 22, 1983. Photo © MCA Chicago.

1983 Retrospective Floorplan

Floor plan for Kenneth Josephson Retrospective. Image courtesy of the MCA Library and Archives.

1983 Retrospective Catalogue

1983 Retrospective Invitation

Members’ Preview invite, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, 1983. Collection MCA Chicago Library and Archives. Photo © MCA Chicago.
Members’ Preview invite, Kenneth Josephson Retrospective, 1983. Collection MCA Chicago Library and Archives. Photo © MCA Chicago.

1983 Retrospective Announcement

Kenneth Josephson Retrospective announcement, 1983. Collection MCA Chicago Library and Archives. Photo © MCA Chicago.

1983 Retrospective Video from Raw Interview

Excerpt from interview with Kenneth Josephson for 1983 exhibition video

1983 Retrospective Video

Video accompanying Kenneth Josephson Retrospective