Steve McCurry photography exhibition at Loyola Museum of Art in Chicago

“ICONS,” one of the most complete retrospectives of famous American photographer, Steve McCurry, is preparing to launch its first exhibition in the United States this October in the culturally rich city of Chicago. The exhibition previously toured Australia, Portugal, Mexico and Spain. This unprecedented journey through the inspiration, life and work of McCurry will officially open at Chicago’s Loyola University Museum of Art starting October 20, 2023 for a limited time.

The Loyola Museum of Art or LUMA, is best known for its exploration and exhibition of art that encompasses all cultures, faiths, and eras, and the perfect backdrop for this exhibition.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased HERE.

Presented by pioneering production company, Sold Out, in partnership with Milan-based agency for internationally-renowned photographers, Sudest57; and leading global live-entertainment discovery platform, Fever, ICONS will feature over 80 large-format photographs of McCurry’s most iconic images, including the legendary 1984 portrait of the Afghan Girl, Sharbat Gula, which was famously featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine. The showing also includes other very well-known pictures he captured throughout his forty years of profession, including his most recent work.

Settled amongst the bustling atmosphere of Chicago’s downtown, the “ICONS” Steve McCurry photography exhibition will deliver guests to the photographic universe of Steve McCurry through a journey that took him to some of the most beautiful and harrowing parts of the world. From Afghanistan to India, Southeast Asia to Africa, Cuba to the United States and Brazil to Italy, “ICONS” is a truly fascinating collection of images in which the human element is always the protagonist. 

Inspired by conflict, ancient traditions and contemporary culture, McCurry’s work represents the emotion of human suffering, joy and wonder, and features people of all ages, cultures and ethnicities – something he knew how to portray with surprising strength and naturalness.

Downloadable audio guides and videos will invite guests into the world of this renowned and intrepid photographer, revealing details and descriptions of more than 40 of McCurry’s pictures in his own words, as well as giving insight into his travels, his adventures, and his profession. The audio recording of the exhibit takes approximately an hour to complete.

The exhibition will be open to the public daily at the Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave. Specials for groups are also available for purchase. For more information or to buy your tickets today, please click here.

Afgan Girl.
Afgan Girl. portrait of Sharbat Gula. Photo by Steve McCurry.

About the Loyola University Museum of Art

The Loyola Museum of Art opened its doors in 2005, located downtown Chicago and just a few blocks away from the lake. Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) is dedicated to providing a space for artistic expression that illuminates the experiences of humanity and the spirit through connection, engagement, and reflection.

As a university museum, LUMA supports the power of the students’ artistry and their ability to inspire and educate.

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