Teacher Tour: Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera



This event is free, but registration is required.

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Teacher Institute tour of Otobong Nkanga: To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again. August 31, 2018
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Looking for fresh ideas for your curriculum?

Join us this March to explore the first major retrospective of works by Laurie Simmons, discuss classroom implications, and connect with colleagues. Teacher Tours are led by MCA Artist Guides who are experts at using inquiry and dialogue to engage students in learning about contemporary art and ideas.

Teacher programs are free for Illinois teachers, but registration is required. Participants receive CPDUs. Vouchers for free parking in the MCA garage are provided pending availability.

About the Exhibition

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s major retrospective of works by Laurie Simmons (American, b. 1949) celebrates an artist who has distinguished herself as a pioneer of new directions in art photography. Since the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style using dolls and props as proxies for people and places, Simmons has explored archetypal gender roles with her work. Turning a critical eye on tropes that dominated the postwar era of her upbringing, Simmons creates fictional scenes that mirror and unsettle the American dream of prosperity and feminine domesticity.


Support for teacher programs at the MCA is generously provided by the Polk Bros. Foundation. Additional support is provided by Discover.