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"Vivian Maier: The Color Works" Dazzles at the Arlington Museum of Art

From now through February 21, 2021, the Arlington Museum of Art presents the largest and most highly curated collection of full-color photographs by celebrated street photographer Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier (1926- 2009), who took more than 150,000 photographs during her lifetime, is an artist veiled by mystery. She spent forty years working as a nanny in Chicago. Her works were not discovered by the public until after her death when historian John Maloof purchased two abandoned storage lockers at a warehouse auction and found himself in possession of thousands of negatives, slides and prints. Maier’s work has since been exhibited in galleries and museums and featured in magazines and newspapers all over the world.

Dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, ​Vivian Maier: The Color Works​ captures the street life of Chicago and New York, and includes a number of the artist’s enigmatic self-portraits. Maier’s color work was made during the last 30 years of her life when she began to work with a 35-millimetre camera during which time she produced roughly 40,000 Ektachrome color slides.

"Street Encounters" presented by the Texas Photographic Society    

Also at the Arlington Museum of Art, the Texas Photographic Society is hosting an exhibition to coincide with the photography of Vivian Maier. "Our exhibition seeks to honor her contributions and celebrate the unguarded moments of humanity caught through the street photography lens," said Susan Edgley, Executive Director of the Texas Photographic Society.

Street Encounters celebrates the genre of street photography and also honors the spirit of American photographer Vivian Maier. The collection was juried by Paula Tognarelli.