Art on Screen

Date Film Time
10/26 Vivian Maier 2:00 PM
12/14 Vivian Maier 2:00 PM
In this ongoing series, Block Cinema presents new documentaries about art and artists. In a free matinee screening this October, Block presents a new film about the enigmatic and amazingly talented amateur photographer, Vivian Maier.  Pamela Bannos, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University (and scholar of Maier) will introduce the film.

Vivian Maier

Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 PM FREE
(Jill Nicholls, 2013, UK, video, 70 min.)
Join us for the first Chicago-area screening of a new documentary about the late photographer Vivian Maier. Made for the BBC, the film focuses on the mysterious and highly private amateur photographer who worked for years as a nanny while taking nearly 150,000 photographs—mostly documenting Chicagoans, and shot over a period of fifty years. Her talent may have remained in obscurity were it not for the discovery of thousands of negatives in an abandoned storage facility a few years ago. The unexpected finding was groundbreaking, and brought to light an artist who many have compared to Diane Arbus and Robert Frank.  The documentary also features Pamela Bannos, Distinguished Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University (and a scholar of Maier) who will introduce the film.