Zoe Strauss: Ten Years in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and More

Mattress Flip by Zoe Strauss. Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Zoe Strauss: Ten Years has received recent media attention in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and Aesthetica Magazine’s blog. The 2005 Pew Fellow’s mid-career retrospective was first shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in early 2012 with funding from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and is currently on view at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Thea Traff of The New Yorker writes: “Strauss provides us with an honest, uncensored view of economic and social realities in America. She often focusses on people on the fringes of society, or those who are ‘just getting by.’ […] Strauss’ photographs are grounded in her clear-sighted empathy, which allows the viewer to feel like part of the exchange between photographer and subject.” Read more>

Ellen Gamerman of the Wall Street Journal explores the origins of the now-famous exhibitions of Strauss’ work under I-95. “Her family gave her money for a camera on her 30th birthday, and she spent the next decade working on photographs to display under the highway. It wasn’t just that the soaring pillars and elevated roadway of I-95 served as a striking backdrop, but the idea that an enormous flow of people in cars above could be so oblivious to the joy, pain and struggle below.” Read more >

In the Village Voice, Brienne Walsh writes that “beyond her genius with portraiture, Strauss also has a unique ability to transform the quotidian or even ugly into something extraordinary.” Read more >

Odette Gregory delves into the sometimes painful underbelly of Strauss’ most well-known photographs in her review of the show for Aesthetica Magazine’s blog. “She captures with uncanny precision the psychoses and traumas, sometimes jubilant, of the harrowed and haunted underclass. While there may be an aura of celebration in some of the direct and jaunty portraits she takes, ultimately a vaunted sense of ego captured photographically cannot transcend an obvious underlying marginality.” Read more >

An opening reception for Prisons Today, an interactive exhibition that sheds light on the current state of incarceration in America.

In conjunction with the recent Center-funded retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, we invited author and art critic Douglas Crimp and MoMA PS1’s Peter Eleey to reflect on Brown’s influential choreographic practice.

Grants & Grantees

Anthony Smyrski works with Dan Murphy as the artist duo Megawords. They are well known throughout Philadelphia for installations that are equal parts gathering space, artist studio, and storefront.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Christoph Cox is Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College. He is the author of Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (California, 1999), and co-editor of Realism Materialism Art (Sternberg, 2015) and Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004).

Collaborators & Colleagues

Robert Storr has been a professor of painting and dean of the School of Art at Yale University since 2006.

Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.

Organized in conjunction with the ongoing Center-funded project reFORM, Temple Contemporary hosts a conversation with Pedro Noguera and his son Joaquin Noguera.

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in North America.

Grants & Grantees

Named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James A. Michener, this museum was founded in 1988 with a regional focus, housing a collection of Pennsylvania impressionist paintings.

Grants & Grantees

Tanya Hamilton is a filmmaker and a 2004 Pew Fellow in media.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1827, dedicated to creating beauty and building community through gardening, greening, and learning.

Grants & Grantees

Charlotte Blake Alston is a storyteller, a singer, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.