Thursday, June 04, 2015

photo of Chicago artists

Dear Chicago Artists,
You are warmly invited to stand in a group portrait, rain or shine, on the front steps of the MCA Chicago on Saturday, June 20th, mark your calendars! Given the unique light/shadow situation that changes all day on front steps, it is looking likely that the photograph will need to be made at 12:30pm, and the plaza is open to attendees to socialize and primp starting at 11:30am...stay tuned for a confirmation of these times!
The group portrait will be owned by everyone and become part of the public domain! It is my intention to not ‘own’ this photograph but to put it online for anyone to print, alter, distribute as they see fit (as this seems to happen anyways in our image culture) other words, I want to have it in the public domain where I think it belongs and watch it move around, mutate, and engage a greater audience. I will not monetize the image. If anything, I may hang the image in a future exhibition, or publish it in a book, and any other artist is welcome to do the same. The MCA will be given the same open permission to use the image as they see fit, for museum publicity, publications, archives...and this seems fine as they have dedicated resources to sponsoring and supporting the photoshoot with their property and the labor hours of their staff.
For any minors who wish to join in the moment, please bring your parent or guardian sign a release form provided at the event.
If you have questions about this, email
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