Steve Schapiro's new exhibit at the reopened Gage Gallery features previously unseen images from the civil rights era
(Photo Credit: Steve Schapiro)

Chicago, IL (October 1, 2018):  The reopening of the Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University will feature never-before-seen photographs from the civil rights era by acclaimed photographer Steve Schapiro. The exhibition will run from October 11 – December 22, 2018

Schapiro’s work has appeared on the covers of magazines such as LIFE Magazine, TIME and Vanity Fair, and he has produced a wide range of photo essays on subjects ranging from narcotics addiction to presidential subjects to civil rights. His images from the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were published by LIFE.

On display will be twenty-eight 30x40-inch enlargements of contact sheets highlighting some of the most important events of the civil rights era, including the Selma to Montgomery march led by Dr. King.

The opening reception for Steve Schapiro: Civil Rights Era Contact Sheets will be held in the new Gage Gallery at 425 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago on Thursday, October 11, from 5-7 p.m. The free event is open to the public.

A companion exhibition, “Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro,” will be at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in Skokie from October 7, 2018–June 23, 2019. The exhibition will feature never-before-seen photographs from both the civil rights era and more recent history.

The new Gage Gallery will be open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the duration of the exhibition.

RSVP for Steve Schapiro: Civil Rights Era Contact Sheets today.

About the Gage Gallery
The Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University is a private nonprofit social documentary photo gallery located in the Chicago Loop. Since its establishment in 2001, the gallery has educated through internationally acclaimed photography that addresses critical contemporary social issues. The gallery fosters discussion through art, lectures and symposia, aligning with Roosevelt University’s ideals of social justice. The Gage Gallery has been heralded as “Chicago’s premier space for showcasing contemporary critical social photo-documentary" by Newcity Art. For more information, visit

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