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Steve Schapiro: Current Exhibitions in Chicago and Abroad

Currently on view:


Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro 


Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie, Illinois 


"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."


(visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center's website here)


Steve Schapiro: Civil Rights Era Contact Sheets 


The Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois


"Steve Schapiro: Civil Rights Era Contact Sheets," a companion exhibition with the Illinois Holocaust Education Center - showcases a collection of enlarged proof sheets from Steve Schapiro’s work during the civil rights era of the 1960s. During this decade, called the “golden age in photojournalism,” Schapiro produced photo-essays on subjects as varied as narcotics addiction, Easter in Harlem, Haight-Ashbury, political protest, the presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy, and more. An activist as well as documentarian, Schapiro covered many stories related to the Civil Rights movement. Called by Life Magazine to Memphis after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Schapiro produced some of the most iconic images of that tragic event. The show, which is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, ends December 22, 2018.


A companion exhibition, Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro, will be on display at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie from October 7, 2018-June 23, 2019. The exhibition features iconic as well as never-before-seen photos of the Civil Rights Movement and cultural and political change-agents of recent history. ("


(visit the Gage Gallery website here)





Andy Warhol


CWC Gallery in Berlin 


opening on November 24, 2018


(visit the CWC Gallery website here)



Steve Schapiro: David Bowie


Lumiere Brothers Gallery in Moscow, Russia 


opening in January, 2019 


(visit the Lumiere Brothers Gallery website here)