'Vivian Maier: The Greatest Photographer of the 20th Century?' Webinar

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The life, career, and truly unbelievable story of American photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009) gives truth to the adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” After all, how else could one describe how a woman with no formal artistic training took over 100,000 photographs in her lifetime, hardly develop or print any of them, and die unknown and unmourned? And then in the quirkiest of fates, have her works accidentally discovered posthumously, which would go on to receive global acclaim and fame? This is the incredible personal and professional story of Vivian Maier, arguably the greatest photographer of the 20th century.

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore the mysterious life and career of Vivian Maier, a nanny in the Chicago area during the mid-20th century who took over 100,000 personal photos of predominantly urban life in Chicago and New York — a collection that would have stayed unknown forever without the chance discovery of her photographs' negatives in the 2010s.

Led by pop culture historian Arlen Schumer — author/designer of “The Silver Age of Comic Book Art” — this digital showcase of Vivian Maier will include:

  • A carefully curated overview of Maier’s immense body of work — in black and white, color, film, and scrapbooks
  • The trajectory of Maier’s crazy-quilt life journey, from Europe to New York City to Chicago, and eventually around the world and back again
  • The story of how her bountiful body of work was discovered and disseminated, along with her semi-surreal story of her life — thanks to the young photographer John Maloof in the early 2010s
  • How her esteemed body of photographic works measures up to some of the greatest photographers of the 20th Century, like Robert Frank (“The Americans”), WeeGee (a.k.a. Arthur Fellig), Diane Arbus, and Helen Levitt

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Arlen — any and all questions about Vivian Maier are welcomed and encouraged!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Arlen

Arlen Schumer, MFA is one of the foremost historians of comic book art, named by Comic Book Artist magazine in 1998 as "one of the more articulate and enthusiastic advocates of comic book art in America." His coffee table book, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, won the Independent Publishers Book Award for best Popular Culture book.

Schumer is also one of comic book art’s most idiosyncratic practitioners, creating award-winning illustrations for the advertising and editorial markets.

“One of the country’s pre-eminent authorities on comics and culture.” —Jon Meyerson, Producer, ABC News’ 20/20

“Nobody speaks about comics with more authority, understanding and love than Arlen does. He is to comics what Pauline Kael was to movies.” —Clem Robins, letterer for DC and Marvel Comics


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