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Images from the John Maloof Collection, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

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New York, NY, October 18, 1953
©Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection

Vivian Maier

A Woman's Lens

October 6 - December 18, 2013

Vivian Maier

"Vivian Maier: A Woman's Lens" is featured on The Emily Rooney Show.

Since the discovery of her negatives in a Chicago storage locker in 2007, Vivian Maier (1926-2009) has garnered international attention for her poignant street photography, almost none of which she printed during her lifetime. Including street scenes from Chicago and New York in the 50s and 60s, as well as striking self-portraits, "Vivian Maier: A Woman's Lens" will be the first showing of the mysterious photographer's work in the Greater Boston area. Don't miss this opportunity to view a rare talent whose rich, and little-known, life story is still unfolding.

Curated by Karin Rosenthal and Susan Eisenberg

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and is made possible thanks to support from the Natalie Marcus Endowment for the Arts and the Lorna Rosenberg Endowment for the Arts.

All events will take place at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center, located in the Epstein Building, and are free and open to the public.

Opening Reception
Sunday, October 6 from 4-7 p.m.

Curator's remarks around 5 p.m.

Unearthed Treasures:
The Street Photography of Vivian Maier
A slide lecture by WSRC Scholar Karin Rosenthal
Tuesday, October 15 from 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Photographer and exhibition co-curator Karin Rosenthal will discuss Maier’s style and vision, placing her in the context of other photographers of her era, and will examine some of the complex issues surrounding Maier’s life and work.

Vivian Maier's Fractured Archive: A Woman's Story
A slide presentation by Pamela Bannos

Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University
Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m.

After receiving privileged access to 20,000 Vivian Maier images, including her earliest known work, Bannos elucidates how Maier's disjointed archive complicates our reading of her life and motivations. This presentation will explore a paradoxical life and its messy aftermath, and examine the emergence of Maeier's lifelong passion through eyes other than her own.

Turning the Wheel: The Emergence of Women Artists

A panel discussion with:

Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Laura Prieto, Professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies, Simmons College, Boston
Francine Weiss,
Curator, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, and independent scholar
Moderated by Parrish Dobson, Photography Teacher, Buckingham Brown & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Organized by New England Women in Photography at Simmons College
Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.

This panel will place Maier in the context of other women artists, many of whom also faced prejudice and exclusion in their lifetimes. Looking at women artists from the 19th to the current century--including those in the concurrent MFA exhibition "She Who Tells a Story--panelists will illuminate some common threads among women artists from different perspectives and timeframes, not the least of which is how ideas about their own gender have helped or hindered their perceptions of themselves as artists.