Jan. 12-April 3: Famous and ‘found’ photos on display

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two exhibits – of famous images and of recently discovered “street photography” – will be presented in the free, public show, “Through the Lens: An American Century – Corbis & Vivian Maier,” which will run Jan. 12-April 3 at the Washington State University Museum of Art.

Two free, public receptions will accompany the exhibition:
* “What makes a lasting image,” by Dennis DeHart, WSU photography professor, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Museum of Art/WSU gallery.
* A talk by WSU art historian Marianne Kinkel at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the gallery before screening of the documentary film, “Finding Vivian Maier,” at 7 p.m. in the CUB auditorium.

The Corbis collection

Corbis, Migrant mother by Dorthea Lange, 1936

Thirty-two iconic photos from the Corbis Corp. will be displayed from the collection of Tony (a former Corbis executive) and Leslie Rojas of Seattle.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., Corbis licenses the rights to photographs, footage and other visual media. It has a collection of more than 100 million images and 800,000 video clips.

The Corbis collection represents great and small moments throughout history: war and peace, the first flight at Kitty Hawk and the first moon landing, the Dust Bowl and the quest for civil rights, and much more.

Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier, New York City, September 10, 1955

Work by street photographer Vivian Maier was not discovered until after she died in 2009. Born in 1926, she worked for 40 years as a nanny while taking more than 150,000 photographs and 150 films, primarily of people and architecture in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Critical acclaim and interest in Maier’s work has followed. Her photos have been exhibited in the U.S., Europe and Asia; her life and work have been the subjects of books and documentary films.

More information

The show also will include work by emerging student photographers from across the country.

Funding for the exhibition is provided by Tony and Leslie Rojas and members of the Museum of Art/WSU.

The museum is located on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium in the Fine Arts Center on the WSU Pullman campus. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, open until 7 p.m. Thursday and closed Sunday. For more information, please contact the museum at 509-335-1910 or visit http://museum.wsu.edu.


Debby Stinson, Museum of Art/WSU, 509-335-6282, debby_stinson@wsu.edu
Anna-Maria Shannon, Museum of Art/WSU, 509-335-6140, annamshannon@wsu.edu