LAWRENCE, KS - A current hot-button issue in contemporary photography and modern art, ownership of Vivan Maier's estate and work are in acrimonious dispute. This award-winning Oscar nominated documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the intriguing life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America's most accomplished and insightful street photographers. The film's release fueled the dispute between the men whose accidental discovery of her work led to Maier coming to the world's attention and garnering a posthumous reputation on a par with Henri Cartier-Bresson.
The free screening will be immediately followed by a "talk back" exploring the topics of women in film and photography, intellectual and artistic property rights, and the qualities her photographs have that make them universally acclaimed. Talk back panelists include: Laura Kirk of Lawrence Women and Film, Ann Dean, Artist/Photographer, and John Pultz, KU Associate Professor of Photography and 20th Century Art.