Art Institute of Chicago Presents Vernacular Photography Exhibition

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CHICAGO, IL.- For at least a century, vernacular photographs— those ordinary, amateur or professional, “everyday” pictures—both challenged and inspired fine-art photography. The Art Institute of Chicago has organized In the Vernacular, an exhibition that brings together images by artists who—through their choice of content, process, aesthetic, and means of distribution—blur or erase the boundaries that seem to separate fine art from the commonplace. In the Vernacular will be on view February 6 through May 31, 2010, in Galleries 1 and 2, and features more than 100 images culled from the museum’s permanent collection. Twenty new acquisitions made by the Department of Photography including works by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Richard Misrach, and Andy Warhol—are included in the show. Many of these images are familiar and universal: snapshots, crime-scene photos, advertising images, family pictures, travel albums, and pin-up posters. Serving as bot