Category Archives: Event Photography

MCA’s 50th Anniversary

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 50th Anniversary Celebration - Event Photography by Michael Courier Photography

The opening ceremony for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The most surreal event I’ve ever photographed would have to be the 50th anniversary celebration for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. It was a complete sensory overload in the best way possible — there was dancing, music, public performances, and gallery talks of all sorts. The crowds were electric, and it was such a great time!

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 50th Anniversary Celebration - Event Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Cheryl Lynn Bruce leads a gallery discussion at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago during their 50th anniversary celebration.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 50th Anniversary Celebration - Event Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Art by Snapchat by Brendan Fernandes — a dance performance directed through Snapchat.

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The performers in Art by Snapchat shared their space with Felix — a 26-foot-tall skeleton of a fictional cat, created by Maurizio Cattelan

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 50th Anniversary Celebration - Event Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Beautiful, art-inspired cakes on display by Emily Nejad

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Open 24 Hours by Edra Soto

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Rehearsals for Ways of Being by Rachel Ellison.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 50th Anniversary Celebration - Event Photography by Michael Courier Photography

The South Shore Drill Team performs outside of the MCA.

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Whistle Hang Out by Liz McCarthy.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's 50th Anniversary Celebration - Event Photography by Michael Courier Photography

Beyond Bollywood at The Field Museum

Beyond Bollywood at The Field Museum - Speaking event with the Indo-American Heritage Museum - Event photography by Michael Courier Photography

Nina Davuluri visiting the Beyond Bollywood traveling exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago.

In December I worked with the Indo-American Heritage Museum as they hosted an event at The Field Museum. In celebration of their partnership with the Beyond Bollywood traveling exhibit, the IAHM hosted a panel discussion and public conversation about life as an Indian-American.

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Lupus Society of Illinois Chicago 2017

Lupus Society of Illinois Chicago Walkaton 2017 - Raising money for the fight against lupus - Event photography by Michael Courier Photography

Participants in the Lupus Society of Illinois 2017 Chicago walkaton—helping to raise money and awareness in the fight against lupus.

It was a fun and rewarding experience to work with the Lupus Society of Illinois as they raised money and awareness in the fight against lupus. During the event, I interacted with a number of people who were willing to share their story about why they were, and the impact lupus has had on their life and their family.

Admittedly, I did not know much about the disease. But I learned that it’s an autoimmune disease that disproportionally affects people with African, Caribbean, and Chinese decent more frequently than white people (though anyone can be affected); and lupus affects females nine times more frequently than males.

If you want to learn more about lupus, the Lupus Society of Illinois has a variety of informative resources on their website.

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