Geo area: Downtown Hamilton
VIvian Maier: Street Photographer
January 07, 2019 to February 18, 2019
Dubbed the “secret nanny-photographer” by the media, Vivian Maier (1926-2009) always had a Rolleiflex camera around her neck, yet zealously hid the resulting photographs from others. Her work—including more than 2,000 rolls of film, 3,000 prints, and more than 100,000 negatives—remained unknown until her street and travel photography was discovered at a Chicago auction house in 2007, when the contents of one of her storage lockers was sold off to cover delinquent payments. Her black-and-white photographs—mostly from the 1950s and 1960s—are striking images of the architecture and street life of Chicago and New York. She rarely took more than one frame of each image and concentrated on capturing children, women, the elderly, and street people. The breadth of Maier’s work also reveals a series of striking self-portraits as well as prints from her travels to Egypt, Bangkok, Italy, the American Southwest, and other locations. Vivian Maier: Street Photographer includes over 100 black-and-white and colour photographs and 8-mm films shot by Maier. The Art Gallery of Hamilton is the first Canadian gallery to present the exhibition. Born in the Bronx to a French mother and Austrian father, Maier split her time between Europe and the United States, returning to New York City in 1951. In 1956, she settled in Chicago where she worked as a nanny for more than 40 years. Exhibition Related Programming: Wednesday, June 20 | 7 pm Vivian Maier Talk with Exhibition Curator Anne Morin (French) Saturday, June 23 | 2 – 4 pm ilovefilmseries presents Finding Vivian Maier Q&A with Director Charlie Siskel following the film Saturdays, July 28, August 11, September 29 | 12 pm - 3 pm Street Photography Walking Tours Wednesday, September 12 | 7:30 – 8:30 pm Vivian Maier Tour & Talk with HPO Composer Abigail Richardson-Shulte Thursday, September 20 | 7 – 9pm Vivian Maier Talk with Author Pamela Bannos
Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton
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