Inaugural SFMOMA Contemporary Vision Award to Honor Photographer Annie Leibovitz

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Inaugural SFMOMA Contemporary Vision Award to Honor  Photographer Annie Leibovitz

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will honor photographer Annie Leibovitz with the inaugural SFMOMA Contemporary Vision Award. The award celebrates the extraordinary achievements of global leaders—creators, innovators and change-makers—whose work foregrounds contemporary art as a vital and meaningful part of public life. Presented by the Modern Art Council, SFMOMA’s premier fund-raising auxiliary, this event supports the museum’s education and exhibition programs.

Inaugural SFMOMA Contemporary Vision Award to Honor  Photographer Annie Leibovitz

On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will honor photographer Annie Leibovitz with the inaugural SFMOMA Contemporary Vision Award. The award celebrates the extraordinary achievements of global leaders—creators, innovators and change-makers—whose work foregrounds contemporary art as a vital and meaningful part of public life. Presented by the Modern Art Council, SFMOMA’s premier fund-raising auxiliary, this event supports the museum’s education and exhibition programs.

“We are thrilled to be honoring Annie Leibovitz, an artist who launched her outstanding career right here in our city, at the San Francisco Art Institute,” said Neal Benezra, SFMOMA director. “Her bold portraits and documentation of the social landscape help energize critical dialogue about contemporary global leaders, artists and communities. This event will celebrate Leibovitz’s important contributions, and her powerful use of the photographic medium.”

Originally from Connecticut, Leibovitz began her career as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone in 1970 while she was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute. After her first major assignment shooting a cover story on John Lennon, she became the magazine’s chief photographer in 1973. Throughout her work at Rolling Stone, and later at Vanity Fair and Vogue, she developed a large and distinguished body of work that encompasses many of the best-known portraits of our time.

 

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