Major Art Institute exhibition "Light Years" explores conceptual art and photography


CHICAGO, IL.- The 1960s and 1970s are recognized as the defining era of the Conceptual Art movement, a period in which centuries-held assumptions about the nature of art itself were questioned and dissolved. Until now, the pivotal role that photography played in this movement has never been fully examined. The Art Institute of Chicago has organized the first major survey of influential artists of this period who used photography in ways that went far beyond its traditional definitions as a medium–and succeeded thereby in breaking down the boundaries of all mediums in contemporary art. Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977 –on view December 13, 2011 through March 11, 2012–is the first exhibition to explore how artists of this era used