contact sheets showing Martin Luther King, Jr. and others

Gage Gallery

New Exhibit: Civil Rights Era Contact Sheets by Steve Schapiro

An activist as well as documentarian,  Schapiro covered many stories related to the Civil Rights Movement, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the push for voter registration and the Selma to Montgomery March. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held October 11 in the Gage Gallery's new space at 425 S. Wabash Ave.

The Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University is "Chicago’s premier space for showcasing contemporary critical social photo-documentary" (Newcity Art). The Gallery exhibits work that is consonant with the mission of the University and its ideals of social justice. It serves the academic goals of the University by hosting numerous public lectures, panel discussions, and symposia, which allow groups to learn about, and discuss, the important social issues of our time. Gallery exhibitions have explored themes including immigration, incarceration, gun violence, terrorism, mental illness, LGBTQ activism, and poverty.

Past exhibits

collage of past exhibit photos

About the Gallery

The Gallery serves the greater photographic community by being one of only a handful of galleries in the United States to exhibit documentary photography for the sole purpose of education. Past exhibits have included nationally and internationally known photographers including Eugene Richards, Noor’s Nina Berman and Jon Lowenstein, Edmund Clark, Milton Rogovin, VII’s Jessica Dimmock, and important emerging photographers. Opening receptions often feature an artist talk by the photographer. These talks take attendees behind the scenes providing insight on exhibited photos, the photographic process, and often a preview of the photographer’s upcoming projects.


425 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago IL, 60605

Thanksgiving Week Gallery Hours

Open: Monday and Tuesday, 9-1pm
Closed: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Re-opening on Monday, November 26th, 9am

M-F: 9am-1pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: Closed

Michael Ensdorf, Founder and Director

Anna Marchyshak, Gallery Assistant

Karina Herrera, Gallery Intern

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"Chicago’s premier space for showcasing contemporary critical social photo-documentary."

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