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The Art Institute of Chicago. Michigan Ave. Entrance. Courtesy the Art Institute of Chicago.

Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene

Over the course of his exceptionally brief career—he died at the age of 24—Greene made an extraordinary body of pictures that advanced both archaeology and photography and continues to offer insight into the central concerns that shaped the two fields...This exhibition, the first retrospective of this photography pioneer, contextualizes Greene’s career through new scholarship, nearly 70 rare prints and albums, and Egyptian artwork from the Art Institute’s collection. This nuanced examination invites consideration of the complex aesthetic and political lenses that we use to look at photography and the past as well as the complicated relationship between photography, colonialism, and modernism.

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