Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
Vivian Maier loved training her camera on the street, but never showed anyone her work. She was a nanny to three children who later pooled their resources to lease her an apartment and take care of her. One of her storage lockers, loaded with negatives, was auctioned off — mistakenly — to pay her debts. In 2007, her captivating black-and-white street shots were discovered at a thrift auction house in Chicago. John Maloof began collecting, archiving, and cataloging Maier's photography, sparking an interest in the previously unknown artist. Maier's work is startlingly clear, sharply observed, and inherently dramatic. Undiscovered during her lifetime, Maier is now being celebrated as a groundbreaking artist. There will be an opening reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 24, and a panel talk and film premiere for $10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, January 25.
— By Camille LeFevre