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Vivian Maier: A Woman’s Lens
October 6 – December 18, 2013 
Opening reception: Sunday, October 6, 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Kniznick Gallery, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Presented by the Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
Co-sponsored by the Photographic Resource Center

Vivien Maier, New York, NY, October 18, 1953. ©Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection.
Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

A quirky nanny with a Rolleiflex camera garners posthumous acclaim for her poignant street photography, thought by some to place her in the ranks of Lisette Model, Leon Levinstein, Weegee, and other notable greats of the 21st century. This is the story of Vivian Maier (1926-2009), raised in France and New York, an elusive caretaker who took thousands of photographs—including many of New York and Chicago in the 1950s and 60s—most of which she never printed in her lifetime. 

The Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University will be the first Boston-area venue to exhibit Maier’s photographs, which have been shown in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Santa Fe, as well as abroad in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, and London. A host of programs  will serve to enhance the public’s understanding of Maier’s work, and to provoke conversations about, among many things, why many women artists are not recognized during their lifetimes, who has the right to decide whether and how a deceased artist’s work is presented, and how we might determine Maier’s place in 20th-century photography.

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