March 7, 2013 - The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago - John Neff
March 7, 2013

John Neff

John Neff, 1/4/2011, 2011. Coated archival inkjet print, Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper, 16.25 x 13.25 inches (framed size). Courtesy of the artist.

John Neff
March 3–April 14, 2013

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

The Renaissance Society presents a solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist John Neff. The exhibition includes a new body of photographs made from digital cameras Neff built by outfitting desktop scanners with bellows and lenses taken from antique cameras. Made without shutters or viewfinders, the cameras capture images using a slow-moving linear scanning array, rather than a full-field sensor. Over the course of 18 months, Neff used the scanner cameras to photograph his immediate environment, his long-exposure photographic process resulting in mysterious and tonally rich images that have the look and feel of earlier moments in the medium’s history. 

This will be Neff’s first solo museum exhibition. His previous exhibitions featured multi-layered installations constructed from sculptural, photographic, mechanical and textual elements. 

About The Renaissance Society
The Renaissance Society is one of the premier contemporary art institutions in the United States. Many of its exhibitions are national debuts, and many have included newly commissioned work. The museum offers educational programs that supplement the exhibition schedule, including concerts, lectures and readings.

The Renaissance Society is located on the campus of the University of Chicago, in Cobb Hall, on the fourth floor. It is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm.  Admission is free. Visit to learn more about the exhibitions and events.

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