Photo: Carl Sandburg, 1923. By Edward Steichen. Gift of the Hollander family in honor of Morton and Mimi Schapiro.
“This donation is transformative for the Block, which has steadily been building its photography collection,“ said Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s Ellen Philips Katz Director. “Of his many achievements, Steichen was a pioneering figure who created a vocabulary of visual conventions that came to define ‘celebrity,’ ‘style,’ ‘leader’ and ‘genius.’ This gift will provide an excellent tool for critical discussions with students from a variety of fields about how such conventions continue to operate today.” An exhibition of the photographs is planned at the Block this fall (Sept. 20 to Dec. 1, 2013).