December, 2013

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

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The Cleveland Print Room is proud to present Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, an exhibition of photographs by Vivian Maier (1926-2009) from the Jeffrey Goldstein collection. The exhibition of posthumous silver gelatin prints puts Maier’s work in the context of her life during her creative period from the 1950s through the 1970s.

This is the first time Maier’s impressive body of work and unique story will be shared in Ohio.

Maier’s work was discovered in Chicago in 2007 when boxes of abandoned prints, negatives and undeveloped film were found in a storage locker. Born in New York, Maier spent much of her youth in France. Starting in the late 1940s, she shot an average of a roll of film a day. She moved to Chicago in the mid-1950s where she spent the next 40 years working as a nanny to support her passion for photography. Maier died at the age of 83 before her work was ever publicly recognized or exhibited.

The New York Times writes, “Maier’s photographs […] add to the history of twentieth-century street photography by summing it up with an almost encyclopedic thoroughness, veering close to just about every well-known photographer you can think of, including Weegee, Robert Frank and Richard Avedon, and then sliding off in another direction. Yet they maintain a distinctive element of calm, a clarity of composition and a gentleness characterized by a lack of sudden movement or extreme emotion.”

This exhibition is a companion to the book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows.

Exhibition Dates: January 10 – February 23, 2014
Special Full Exhibit Preview Showing: Thursday, January 9, 5-9PM, $50 admission
Free Public Opening Reception: Friday January 10, 5-9PM
Galley Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 12PM-6PM, Wednesday 3PM-8PM
Location: Cleveland Print Room, ArtCraft Bldg., 2550 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114

BBC Documentary The Vivian Maier Mystery showing at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, sponsored by Herb Ascherman: Thurs. Jan. 23 at 6:45 pm; Massillon Museum: Friday January 17 at 8:10pm; Cleveland Print Room: Sunday, February 9 at noon; Akron Art Museum: Thurs. Feb. 20 at 6:30 pm. FREE admission to all screenings.

CPR Family Day: Vivian Maier and the Self Portrait, on Sat., January 25 from 12 pm – 6 pm.
Street Photography Workshop with Cleveland Photographer, Donald Black, Jr.: TBA
Gallery Talk: with collector Jeffrey Goldstein and printers Ron Gordon and Sandy Steinbrecher, Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm. Sponsored by David Bergholz and Mark Schwartz.


Holiday Hours

The Cleveland Print Room will be closed between Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 and Monday January 6th, 2014, apart from our Saturday, December 28th B&W Darkroom Orientation session at 11:00am.

Members who want to use our darkroom facilities in the meantime may call to schedule time.

We’ll see you in 2014!


Women Behind the Lens at CPR: Vivian Maier and Hidden Mother exhibits round out the winter schedule


Left, a photo by Vivian Maier. Right, a vintage “hidden mother” photo from the collection of Shari Wilkins.

The Winter 2013/14 issue of the Collective Arts Network’s CAN Journal features this article about some of our exciting upcoming exhibits and events. Check it out!