The Renaissance Society presents a gallery walk-through by artist Doug Ischar Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m.


John Neff, “4/1/2012” (2012). Coated archival inkjet print, Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper, 16.25 x 13.25 inches (framed size). Image courtesy of The Renaissance Society.

Artist Doug Ischar will lead a gallery walk-through atThe Renaissance Society on Sunday, March 24, at 12 p.m. Ischar will talk about the current exhibition at the museum, a solo photography show by Chicago-based artist John Neff on display now through April 14, 2013. The event is free and open to the public.

Ischar, an associate professor of photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago, works in photography, image/text installation, video installation, sound installation and single channel video. He has exhibited at institutions including: the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); List Center (MIT); Museo de Arte Moderna (Sao Paolo); Photographers Gallery (London); and Lace (Los Angeles), among others.

Neff’s exhibition at The Renaissance Society includes a new body of photographs made from digital cameras he 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.

The Renaissance Society, located on the campus of the University of Chicago, is an internationally renowned non-collecting museum of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, commissions, publications, and interdisciplinary education programming, The Renaissance Society advances the growth and understanding of the artistic ideas

and expressions of our time. The Museum is free and open to the public, located on the campus of the University of Chicago at 5811 S. Ellis Avenue. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from Noon-5 p.m. Please check The Renaissance Society website for specific schedule; the museum is closed between exhibitions. All exhibitions and programs at The Renaissance Society are free of charge. For more information on The Renaissance Society call (773) 702-8670 or visit