Edward Steichen, actress “Clara Bow” for Vanity Fair, 1929, vintage gelatin silver print. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of the Hollander Family in Honor of Morton and Mimi Schapiro, 2012.10.16. Steichen/Vanity Fair ©Condé Nast

“Steichen|Warhol: Picturing Fame,” runs through through April 6 in the Block Museum’s Alsdorf Gallery. Organized by the Block Museum, this is the first exhibition to compare the work of Edward Steichen (1879-1973) and Andy Warhol (1928-1987) side by side.

It examines the photographic legacies of the two artists who shaped the visions and imaginations of generations of Americans through their images of celebrities, fashion and popular culture. In the 1920s and 1930s, Steichen’s portraits of actors, writers, musicians, politicians, models and socialites for Vanity Fair and Vogue elevated his subjects (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eugene O’Neill, Ethel and John Barrymore and others) to iconic status. Fifty years later, Warhol borrowed and subverted that language of celebrity in photographs of his friends and patrons. The exhibit is free and open to the public.