“Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows” puts her work in the context of her life during her highly creative period from the 1950s through the 1970s. The photographs were chosen from nearly 300 images appearing in a book to be released in September, also titled Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. A correlating exhibition, “Vivian Maier’s Chicago,” will also be opening in early September at the nearby Chicago History Museum.
Maier’s work was discovered in 2007 when boxes of abandoned prints, negatives and undeveloped film were sold in an auction in Chicago. In a few years she has gone from an unknown artist to the creator of images that now play a significant role in the history of photography. Maier shot many of her most iconic pictures while working as a nanny for suburban Chicago families, a job that allowed her to travel, as shown in her photographs of New York, South Dakota, Florida and California, as well as the rural pastures of Southern France.
In addition to her characteristic street portraiture, this exhibit will feature a prolific catalog of images that show an artist with relentless curiosity that worked in a vast range of subjects and styles. Maier’s unique ability to brilliantly capture the zeitgeist is particularly apparent shots of Chicago’s famous Maxwell Street and in protest scenes shot during the social unrest of 1968. Echoing the chapters in the upcoming Vivian Maier book, the exhibition’s photographs are organized in sections: “Snapshots,” “America,” “Day,” “Maxwell,” “Beach,” “1968,” “Downtown,” “Walks,” and “Night.”
Saturday, September 15, 2pm:
Gallery Talk with Art Critic James Yood
Saturday, September 29, 2pm:
Film Screening (2-3 short films) - The films will include the following:
Vivian Maier, Photographer directed by Tom Palazzolo, written by Jack Helbig, and edited by Michael Bullis, with Judith Hoppe playing the voice of Vivian Maier
The Vivian Maier Photography Project directed by Aaron Cahan
Saturday, October 6, 2pm:
Photography Group Panel Discussion: Moderated by Pamela Bannos, Photographer and Distinguished Lecturer at Northwestern University;
with the panel consisting of master gelatin silver printers, Ron Gordon & Sandra Steinbrecher (Gordon & Steinbrecher print Vivian Maier's work); photographer, Frank Jackowiak (he put a group together at the College of DuPage to process Maier's undeveloped film)
Saturday, October 13, 2pm:
Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, Book Talk with Richard Cahan & Michael Williams of CityFiles Press