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CHM to explore work of photographer Vivian Maier
2021-03-25

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The Chicago History Museum 1601 N. Clark St., is featuring a collection of many never-before-seen works by world-renowned photographer Vivian Maier in an upcoming exhibition, "Vivian Maier: In Color," opening to the public May 8.

"The Chicago History Museum is committed to sharing Chicago stories, and Vivian Maier's work represents her private contributions to the documentation and representation of culture found within city life," said Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs Charles E. Bethea. "Maier's photography brings a glimpse of Chicago and its residents to life between the 1950s to the 1970s, allowing present day visitors the opportunity to reflect on the striking parallels it has to today's society."

Maier worked as a nanny to several Chicago families and took extensive photos, documenting intimate moments of the city and its people. "Vivian Maier: In Color" will illuminate Maier's unique portfolio.

Following Maier's death in 2009, her photographs that were previously discovered in her abandoned storage locker were first displayed for the public. Maier rose to posthumous international acclaim for her photography that documented the people, landscapes, light and development of New York, her hometown and Chicago where she settled.

Maier's work is now used widely in research and curriculum and has been celebrated in at least 42 exhibitions around the world, including one on display at the Chicago History Museum during 2012-17, "Vivian Maier's Chicago."

"Vivian Maier: In Color" will feature more than 65 color images from the 1950s-1970s, most of which have never been seen, from art collectors Jeffrey Goldstein, John Maloof and Ron Slattery. The exhibition comes after the Chicago History Museum last year acquired nearly 1,800 Vivian Maier color slides, negatives and transparencies from Goldstein.

To learn more about "Vivian Maier: In Color" and associated programs, visit www.chicagohistory.org/exhibition/vivian-maier-in-color/ .


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