Zoe Strauss Under I-95
January through March 2012
Zoe Strauss Under I-95 is a mid-career retrospective of the acclaimed photographer’s work and the first critical assessment of her 10-year project to exhibit photographs annually in a space beneath a section of Interstate-95 in South Philadelphia. Strauss’s subjects are broad but her primary focus is on working-class America. Many of her pictures depict down-and-out people and landscapes, offering a poignant, trou bling portrait of contemporary American life, frequently featuring people and places from the surrounding neighborhoods, similar districts in other American cities, as well as suburban and rural places in between.
Untrained as a photographer or artist, Strauss founded the Philadelphia Public Art Project in 1995 with the objective of exhibiting art in nontraditional venues. She turned to the camera in 2000 as the most direct instrument to represent her chosen subjects. In 2006, Strauss participated in the Whitney Biennial and in 2008 she published her first book, America.
Curator: Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center
Location: Berman and Stieglitz Galleries
Get ready, friends.