June 4, 2021

DARKROOM online benefit auction

Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

Alice Hargrave, Tracing Audubon, Mangroves, Great Egrets, Wood-storks, White Ibis, 2020.

DARKROOM is the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago's (MoCP) annual benefit auction and gala, which will be taking place entirely online. This year's event will take place on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 5:45 to 8pm, central time. The benefit auction is presented by Sotheby’s and will be open June 4–11, 2021.

DARKROOM attendees will gain access to exclusive content and engage virtually with MoCP staff, artists, fellow supporters, and surprise special guests during an interactive livestream. The evening will conclude with a virtual cocktail party hosted on, a platform where people can move freely between groups, join conversations, and enjoy an energizing and fluid evening of conversation, networking, and virtual socializing.

The benefit auction will open one week before the event itself on Photography enthusiasts will have the chance to bid on celebrated contemporary and historical artists, including work by Dawoud Bey, Tabitha Soren, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward J. Steichen, Pete Souza, Victoria Sambunaris, Sandro Miller, Brian Ulrich, and more. All proceeds raised at this event will support groundbreaking exhibitions, public programs, and community engagement efforts in the museum’s 2021–22 season.

General admission to DARKROOM is completely free. VIP tickets start at 250 USD and go up to 1000 USD, with benefits ranging from exclusive future VIP exhibition opening invitations to private behind-the-scenes museum tours. All contributions are tax-deductible.

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