Mennello screens acclaimed documentary ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ this week

You can look at Finding Vivian Maier as a primer on copyright law, or as a poetic meditation on life and art. What you can’t call it, though, is unbiased, as it was co-directed by John Maloof, the man who found tens of thousands of Maier’s photographs when he bought the contents of a storage locker unseen. And you can’t call it unloving, as Maloof fell under the sway of Maier’s strange and unsparing, haunted works. Then he learned that though he owns them, he can’t legally sell them. The battle over ownership of Maier’s work still rages; a lawsuit was filed by Maier’s estate against three galleries just a month ago. Those of a logical bent of mind will find much to be fascinated by in the tortuous twists of the law here; those who can’t give a fig for legal gymnastics can bask in the ghostly works of a an unseen woman who saw everyone so very clearly – and recorded them in secret for undetected decades.

6 p.m. Friday, July 28 | Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton St. | 407-246-4278 | mennellomuseum.org | $5