Take a sneak peek into the Glenbow Museum’s incredible new exhibit
The Glenbow Museum continues to cement its status as one of Canada’s best museums with its latest exhibition, Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands. Spanning three decades of photography, this exhibit offers rare insight into one of the most prolific street photographers of all time. You’re going to feel cooler and more cultured just looking at this, people.
Born in 1923, Vivian Maier spent over forty years as a nanny in New York City and Chicago. During that time, she took over 100,000 photographs and shared almost none of them. In fact, the vast majority of the collection was never even printed, resulting in her being completely unknown until 2007 when a Chicago collector stumbled across one of Maier’s unpaid storage spaces. Such secret!
Maier captured the highs and the lows of post-war American city life. One photo might depict movie stars attending red carpet premieres, while another catches the aftermath of life on the streets. As with the best street photographers, Maier never shied away from capturing interesting scenes, good or bad.
In addition to being a gifted and prolific photographer, Maier truly embodied the ethos of street photography- keep your eyes open and keep moving! Even if she never even attempted to make a name for herself during her lifetime, the breadth of her work is deep enough and of such stunning calibre that she sure is to be admired for a long, long time.
These are fancier words than we usually use, but we hope we’re getting the point across.
Vivian Maier: In Her Own Hands officially opened on February 8th at the Glenbow Museum, and will be open for viewing until May 24. Round up some photography loving friends and swing by!
When: Until Sunday, May 24th
Where: 220 130 9th Ave SE, Calgary
Time: See times here