Vivian Maier Exhibit at the Cleveland Print Room

Vivian Maier. Photo courtesy of

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.

Prior to the general public opening on January 10, which will consist of a smaller selection of the traveling exhibit due to our gallery's space limitations, we will be hosting an exclusive expanded, full-exhibit preview showing for one night only as a fundraiser for our nonprofit community access darkroom, educational center, studio workspace, and photographic gallery.

This special full exhibit preview showing, catered by area restaurants, will take place on Thursday, January 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. A limited number of admission tickets to this special event are available for $50 by calling Shari at 216-401-5981.

In addition to viewing all 51 prints in the exhibit, attendees will also be able to purchase limited edition, museum-quality, hand-processed silver gelatin prints on fiber-based paper at 2013 prices, thanks to a special arrangement with Jeffrey Goldstein Collections. After the first week of the exhibit, print prices will rise anywhere from 22% to 50%, depending on pricing tier. Click here for more information on these unique hand-made prints.

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. Additional exhibit information is listed below:

Exhibition Title: Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
Exhibition Dates: January 10 - February 23, 2014
Special Full Exhibit Preview Showing: Thursday, January 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. - $50 admission
Free Public Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Galley Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 12 6 p.m., Wednesday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Cleveland Print Room, ArtCraft Bldg., 2550 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44114
More info & images: Shari Wilkins: or 216-401-5981

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

CPR Family Day: Vivian Maier and the Self Portrait, Saturday, Jan. 25 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Street Photography Workshop with Cleveland Photographer Donald Black, Jr.: TBA
Gallery Talk with Jeffrey Goldstein of the Jeffrey Goldstein Collection: Sat., Feb. 15, 1 p.m.

Shari Wilkins

Shari Wilkins is owner of the Cleveland Print Room.

Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.31.2013