Arlington Museum of Art Preparing for New Photography Exhibit

Social studies was always Amanda Hively’s favorite subject. As an adult, she’s passed along that adoration to her three daughters, including her oldest Aftyn Wilson.

“I wanted my love of social studies to rub off on my daughters to make them more aware of the world around them,” Hively said.

Aftyn Wilson channeled that interest into a school literary fair project on photographer Vivian Maier. After winning first place at school, Wilson learned she would get a chance to show off her display during this year’s West Viriginia State 4H Day.

Wilson and her mom were among thousands of visitors, both national and international, who traveled to the Arlington Museum of Art last summer to see the Vivian Maier: Lost and Found exhibit in person.

“Everyone was so nice. It was truly a once in a lifetime trip,” said Hively, who also took her daughter to a show at Arlington Music Hall.

Vivian Maier, who was the subject of a 2013 documentary, became posthumously famous for her street photography. The primary focus in her accidentally discovered 150,000 plus negatives and rolls of undeveloped film is what she saw on the streets of Chicago where she worked as a nanny in the North Shore area. Her images represent an incredibly poignant glimpse into the lives of ordinary people going about the business of daily life.

More than 4,700 people attended the museum’s Vivian Maier exhibit. Of those, 70 percent were visiting from outside of the Arlington city limits, said Chris Hightower, Arlington Museum of Art Executive Director. In addition to visitors from 141 other Texas cities, the museum saw visitors from 31 other U.S. states and 15 other countries.

This summer, the Arlington Museum of Art will continue its tradition of photography exhibits with Milton Greene: Women, which will be on display May 13 through Aug 6.

“Photography has been a huge success at the Arlington Museum of Art,” Hightower said. “Our two most attended exhibits, Ansel Adams and Vivian Maier, were photography exhibits. I chose Milton Greene’s work because he was famous for his work with celebrities in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Frank Sinatra.”

The Arlington Museum of Art of located at 201 W. Main Street. For more information, visit the museum website.