Challenging the Status Quo through the Lens of a Camera
October 7, 2018 – October 27, 2019
“For me, there’s no difference between photographing a celebrity and a migrant worker. You’re always looking for a picture with emotion, design, and information.” – Steve Schapiro
Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro, shows, through powerful documentary photography, that the issues of the civil rights movement are still deeply relevant today. Forty-six large-format photographs tell the stories of seminal moments in history from the March on Washington (1963) to Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign (1968). Among the images are emotional portraits of heroes both known and unknown, ranging from Rosa Parks and James Baldwin to an unnamed sanitation striker.
Renowned Chicago-based photographer Steve Schapiro has given history a human face throughout his career as a widely published photographer for Life, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and numerous other publications. Visitors to this exhibit will experience Schapiro’s intimate perspective on the civil rights movement, as well as vivid portraits of celebrities including David Bowie, James Baldwin and Jackie Kennedy, who used their influence to challenge—and change—our cultural norms.
For the Press
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Brenda and Lance Feis
Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Brian and Gail Boorstein
The Golder Family Foundation supports all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.
Chicago Urban League
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Two complementary exhibitions of Steve Schapiro’s work are on display at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 425 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Steve Schapiro: Civil Rights Era Contact Sheets from October 11-December 22, 2018, and Steve Schapiro: New Chicago Work from February 7-April 27, 2019.