Museum of Contemporary Art Women's Board to Host Photographer Annie Leibovitz in Honor of Museum's 50th Anniversary

The Women's Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will welcome American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz to share in an afternoon of conversation and celebration in honor of the MCA's 50th anniversary. This first-ever MCA Women's Board Luncheon honors extraordinary women artists around the world, and unites Chicago's most influential leaders in support of arts education and public outreach programs. Guests are expected to enjoy a curated program that includes a keynote presentation and a book signing of Leibovitz's critically acclaimed new work, Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016.

Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 offers a survey of 150 iconic works that capture the most influential and compelling figures of the last decade. Leibovitz will share her insights on a career capturing power, influence, and cultural history, photographing the likes of former President Barack Obama, Caitlyn Jenner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Rihanna at the height of their fame. Visionary: Celebrating Annie Leibovitz is organized by event co-chairs Rena Sternberg and Kristin Binder Stevens with Women's Board President Marjorie K. Staples, and takes place at the Standard Club in Chicago on Wednesday, April 11, at Noon.

Ms. Leibovitz is one of the great observers of the contemporary world, capturing the personalities of the past half-century in images that are both iconic and intimate. Her distinctive, wide-ranging portraits portray artists, writers, actors, politicians, athletes, royals, activists, and others who have shaped the times we live in. Leibovitz's astute observations of American life first appeared in Rolling Stone and have continued to cement a prominent place on the cultural landscape during her long affiliation with Vanity Fair and Vogue. She has received many honors, including the International Center of Photography's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Centenary Medal of the Royal Photographic Society, the Wexner Prize, and the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. She is a Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has been designated a Living Legend by the Library of Congress.

The proceeds of the Visionary: Celebrating Annie Leibovitz luncheon support the Women's Board Learning Studios and the museum's work with schools, teachers and teens. Ticket prices are $10,000 (Sponsor) or $5,000 (Benefactor) for a table of 10; or $500 (Patron) or $300 (Individual) for one ticket. All tickets include valet parking and a signed copy of Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 and can be purchased at mcachicago.org or by calling 312.397.4008.

Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz (2012).

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