Photographer Zoe Strauss to Speak at Jefferson Feb. 19

The Philadelphia Museum of Art featured Zoe Strauss’ “Billboard Project,” a series of photos displayed on 54 separate billboards around the country. Pictured here: “Mr. Jordan.”

Philadelphia conceptual artist and photographer Zoe Strauss will present the University’s annual Dietrich V. Asten Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

“Her moving photographs of her neighbors and neighborhood in South Philadelphia have graced not only the underpasses below I-95 but also the walls of the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” said Barbara Kimmelman, dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). “Through her art, she gives voice to the voiceless, gives faces to those many would rather not see, and gives us all opportunities to connect across distances and boundaries that threaten to divide us.”

Between 2001 and 2010, Strauss displayed her photographs once a year beneath a highway overpass in South Philadelphia for her celebrated “I-95” exhibit. Describing her work as “an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life,” Strauss’ photos highlight the economic troubles of people in the city and around the country. The Philadelphia Museum of Art showed her solo mid-career retrospective, “Zoe Strauss: 10 Years,” which also included “The Billboard Project”—a series of 54 billboards featuring her photographs.

Strauss’ talk is presented by the College of Humanities and Sciences through the Dietrich V. Asten Lecture Series Endowment, which brings prominent speakers in the humanities, sciences, arts and government to the University.

The lecture will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Kanbar Performance Space on East Falls Campus. The talk is free and open to the public. RSVP to annette.solarski@jefferson.eduRead more about Strauss here.

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