2015 Corbis and Vivian Maier

Through the Lens, an American Century

Exhibition: January 12 – April 3, MOA Gallery
Reception: Thursday, January 22, 6-8 pm, Featuring Dennis DeHart, MOA Gallery

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.

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. An additional public reception will be held 6 pm Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Museum of Art/WSU gallery with a talk given by art historian Marianne Kinkel before the documentary screening of the film Finding Vivian Maier at 7 pm in the CUB Auditorium.

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.

To learn more about this exhibition, please visit the museum’s facebook page.

Complementary Events Include:
Pre-Film Discussion: Finding Vivian Maier, 2/12, 6 pm, MOA Gallery with Art Historian Marianne Kinkel
Film Screening: Finding Vivian Maier, 2/12, 7 pm, CUB Auditorium
Student Exhibition: Hidden in Public View; Exploring Urban Photography and Social Realism, 1/12-4/3, Museum Gallery

MLK Community Celebration, featuring Angela Y. Davis
Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Time: Doors open at 7pm, Program 7:30pm
Location: CUB Senior Ballroom

The 28th annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration will include a keynote address by scholar and activist, Angela Y. Davis.  In the early 1970s, Davis appeared on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and was falsely accused of murder, sparking an international Free Angela Davis Campaign.  Currently, she is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is also a noted critic of mass incarceration and helped popularize the phrase “Prison Industrial Complex.”  Her speech will discuss the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement in connection to contemporary issues of policing, prosecution, and incarceration.  This event will also include presentations of the MLK Distinguished Service Awards.

To learn more about this celebration, please visit the museum’s facebook page.

MLK poster 2015