Joseph Shapiro

1904–1996

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Joe served as the MCA’s president from the time it opened in October 1967 to 1973 and remained active on the board until the end of his life. His enthusiasm for art, especially surrealist art, lives on through the works of art he collected and generously donated to the MCA.

Joe Shapiro in his Oak Park home. Pictured with René Magritte, The Wonders of Nature (Les merveilles de la nature), 1953. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, 1982.48. Photo © MCA Chicago.