Just Write & More Vivian Maier

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Harold Washington Library Atrium

I’ve done more write-ins this week than I ever usually do outside of November. There’s a Meetup group called Just Write Chicago with many opportunities to hang out and just write, then check in with other writers to discuss everyone’s struggles and triumphs. I tried the Tuesday night and the Friday afternoon groups this week and liked both. The Friday one is usually going to be better for my schedule, but a couple of new friends go to the Tuesday group, so I’ll catch that one when I can.

On another topic…I liked her so much at the Chicago History Museum that when I went into Chicago on Friday to write, I stopped to see the Vivian Maier exhibit at the Harold Washington Library. Even though the library show felt like a smaller exhibit, there was more of an attempt to talk about Maier’s life and interpret her work. In addition to the Chicago area photography, they showed some photos from New York and Los Angeles, as well as more self portraits. There were also artifacts like film, cameras and other photography items.

Also unlike the Vivian Maier exhibit at the Chicago History Museum, the library will only have her photos and artifacts on display until September 28, so if your interest is whetted, try to get there before it’s gone. If you aren’t able to get there, you can still participate in a little experiment the library is hosting via Flickr. The library encourages you to try your own hand at some street photography and post it on Flickr at #VivianatCPL.

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