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Twenty-eight Vivian Maier photographs — reproductions from the University of Chicago Library's John Maloof collection — are on display at UChicago Medicine this summer. The exhibit, “In Plain Sight: “Through the lens of Vivian Maier,” is located on the second floor bridge connecting Mitchell Hospital to the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine.
Vivian Maier (1926 - 2009) was a very private artist who created an extraordinary number of photographs. Supporting herself as a nanny, always with a camera in hand, she took more than 100,000 photos in her lifetime.
In 2009, news of this mystifying nanny surfaced on the Internet and took social media by storm. Unpublished photographs, discovered by Maloof and other Chicago collectors, went viral. After the Chicago Cultural Center mounted an exhibition of her works in 2011, Maier’s fame and place as a major artist was established.
Maloof recently gifted a portion of his collection to the University of Chicago Regenstein Library, which is making it accessible for teaching and research.
“The people, places and events Maier photographed were available in plain sight, but it was her ability to see and capture them with intention that distinguished her work,” said Monica Hork, UChicago Medicine’s Healing Arts Program coordinator and curator of the Maier exhibit at the hospital. “We are grateful to Regenstein Library’s Special Collections for working with us to bring this incredible work to our patients, family and staff.”
In Plain Sight: Through the lens of Vivian Maier will be on display until the end of September.