VIVIAN MAIER: EXPOSED Opens at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery

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VIVIAN MAIER: EXPOSED Opens at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery

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 17opening 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.

In addition to the exhibition, the Cleve Carney Art Gallery will host "An Afternoon with Vivian Maier" film screening/panel discussion/book signing event onSunday, July 27. This ticketed event will begin at 1 p.m. with a screening of the documentary film "The Vivian Maier Mystery" followed at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion and Q&A session with Goldstein, Jackowiak, vintage film processor. Ron Gordon and Sandy Steinbrecher, master printers. A gallery walk-through and book signing by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams, authors of "Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows" will round out the afternoon. For tickets and more information visit cod.edu/gallery or call 630.942.3206.

The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, a one-story, 1,850-square-foot addition on the west side of the McAninch Arts Center. The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition "Selections from Cleve Carney's Art Collection" and offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. In conjunction with the Cleve Carney legacy gift, the College of DuPage Foundation has launched a three-year endowment campaign to ensure Carney's generous gift is fully realized. For more information visit cod.edu/foundation

The Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Ill. hosts "Vivian Maier: Exposed," June 17 through Aug. 16. Opening preview is Tuesday, June 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes a guided tour. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Following the opening, the exhibition can be viewed during regular gallery hours Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is usually open beginning one hour prior to MAC performances and during intermission. The gallery will also host a ticketed event "An Afternoon with Vivian Maier" film screening/panel discussion/book signing event on Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.For more information about the exhibition and related special events, visit cod.edu/gallery or call 630.942.3206.

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