Cleve Carney Art Gallery to Present VIVIAN MAIER: EXPOSED, 6/17-8/16
The Cleve Carney Art Gallery hosts a unique exhibit of Vivian Maier's work entitled "Vivian Maier: Exposed" at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL, June 17 - Aug. 16. The opening preview reception will be Tuesday, June 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. and will include a meet and greet with members of "Team Vivian," a College of DuPage (COD) team including vintage film processor, Frank Jackowiak, and several film and photography students, who processed her film. The reception and exhibition is free and open to the public. The gallery will also host special related events including "An Afternoon with Vivian Maier" film screening/panel discussion/book signing event on Sunday, July 27 from 1 until 4 p.m. Tickets are required for this event. For more about the exhibition or related events, visit cod.edu/gallery or call 630.942.3206.
Born in New York City in 1926, Vivian Maier spent her childhood in France before returning to New York in the late 1930's. Later, Maier moved to Chicago and worked as a nanny for nearly 40 years, a livelihood that supported her and her passion for photography. Maier produced more than 100,000 negatives during her life, but showed them to very few people. Her work remained unknown until its discovery in 2007, only a year after her death. Since then, Maier's photos have ignited passion and enthusiasm in photography buffs and art enthusiasts alike worldwide.
Jeffrey Goldstein is one of the three original owners of what is known to exist of Vivian's work. Goldstein needed to develop 275 rolls of Maier's photographs and, with the help of friends, found Frank Jackowiak, a COD faculty member at the time and co-curator of the Cleve Carney Art Gallery's "Vivian Maier: Exposed" exhibition. Jackowiak developed the film over one weekend alongside a small team of COD students. Members of this group, known as "Team Vivian," will share their story and lead the tour of the exhibit and of COD's photography facilities during the June 17 opening reception. "We didn't have any film that was ruined," Jackowiak says, an impressive feat given its age. "I don't think I'll have the same experience ever again. The perk was that [whoever developed the film] was the first person on the planet that got to see those images."
Champions of Maier's photography have been organizing exhibitions and events nationally and internationally since the discovery of her work. The "Vivian Maier: Exposed" exhibition at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery will be unique in its showcasing of both silver gelatin prints and digitally-produced prints of Maier's photographs side-by-side, facilitating an opportunity for discussion. All the photographs and artifacts in the exhibit are on loan from the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection, Vivian Maier Prints, Inc.