Major show of Vivian Maier—a Chicago nanny who was also a secretive street photographer—is heading to the UK

Laura Knight and Ingrid Pollard exhibitions also part of year-long women artists programme at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes

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Vivian Maier, Self-portrait (Undated) © Estate of Vivian Maier Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

Vivian Maier, Self-portrait (Undated) © Estate of Vivian Maier Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY

An exhibition dedicated to the late photographer Vivian Maier, the secretive nanny who photographed people in the streets of Chicago, is due to open next year in England at the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes (11 June 2022-11 September 2022) following a stint at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris this autumn (15 September 2021-16 January 2022).

The show is organised by a private company, diChroma photography, which is based in Madrid. DiChroma photography has organised several exhibitions on Maier’s work including Vivian Maier: Street Photographer at the Scuderie del Castello Visconteo in Pavia, Italy, in 2019 along with other shows dedicated to photographers such as Robert Doisneau and Margaret Watkins.

In Paris, the show will include previously unseen works such as Super 8 films along with audio recordings which “throw new light on her practice”, according to a statement. Maier spent her childhood in France and her adult life in Chicago, taking more than 120,000 photographs but never wanted the images to be seen.

The Maier show is the final part in a year-long exhibition programme of solo shows by female artists at MK Gallery. This autumn, Laura Knight: a Panoramic View (9 October-20 February 2022) throws the spotlight on the overlooked 20th-century artist who was the first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The exhibition will include early work from Knight’s time at Nottingham Art School in 1899 along with paintings of the racially segregated maternity ward at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she travelled in 1926

Anthony Spira, the director of MK Gallery, says in a statement: “This exhibition is an opportunity to look afresh both at Knight’s technical virtuosity as an artist and the role she played in dismantling institutional gender barriers in the 20th century.”

Next year MK Gallery will also host a show dedicated to UK artist Ingrid Pollard (11 March 2022-29 May). Last November, the London-based arts non-profit Freelands Foundation announced £100,000 in funding to help stage the exhibition.

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