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Museum of Art/WSU Exhibit: Through the Lens: An American Century – Corbis & Vivian Maier

January 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - April 3, 2015 @ 4:00 pm


The Washington State University Museum of Art is proud to present two distinct exhibitions in Through the Lens: An American Century – Corbis & Vivian Maier, which explore the personal and public uses of photography featuring some of the most famous images in history and – with a recent discovery – the most private. The exhibition opens January 12, 2015 and runs through April 3, 2015.

Reception: Jan 22, 5:30-7:30pm, MOA Gallery

Gallery Talk: Jan 22, MOA Gallery, with Assistant Professor of Photography Dennis DeHart

A public reception will be held 6 pm Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Museum of Art/WSU gallery with a talk, “What makes a lasting image”, given by photography professor Dennis DeHart.  Admission is free.

This exhibit also features emerging student photographers from across the country. Students use their cameras as a vehicle to create portraits of our nuanced communities while simultaneously posing the question, “What constitutes a lasting and meaningful image?” 

Corbis: From the Collection of Tony and Leslie Rojas

Since its founding, Corbis has collected hundreds of thousands of photographs that represent great and small moments throughout history. Here we showcase a selection of 32 iconic photographs through times of war or peace, the first flight at Kitty Hawk and the moon landing, and the quest for civil rights. Each picture stands as a defining visual moment within a signature event or personality in the 20th century. All works come to us from the Tony and Leslie Rojas Collection of Photography.

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was born in 1926 and spent most of a quiet anonymous life in Chicago. She died in 2009 and left no heirs or family. Unbeknownst to anyone, she did however leave a legacy of brilliant “street photography:” a hundred thousand negatives, thousands of rolls of undeveloped film, in color and black and white, and one hundred and fifty 8-mm. and 16-mm. films. The images exhibited represent a selection of the photographs that were discovered after her death.

Funding for this exhibition is provided by Tony & Leslie Rojas and Members of the Museum of Art. The Museum of Art is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 am. – 4 pm., open until 7 pm on Thursdays and closed on Sundays. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910 or visit our website at

Sundays. For more information please contact the museum at 509-335-1910 or visit our website at


January 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am
April 3, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
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