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  • Zoe Strauss, Mom Were OK, 2005, color photograph, 12 x 18".

    Zoe Strauss, Mom Were OK, 2005, color photograph, 12 x 18".

    “Zoe Strauss: Ten Years”

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
    26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    July 23, 2013–April 22, 2012

    Curated by Peter Barberie

    From 2000 (when she bought herself a camera for her thirtieth birthday) until 2010, untrained photographer Zoe Strauss documented the strangers and architecture she encountered in her hometown of Philadelphia and in her travels. The resultant bracing images reflect the harsh realities of late capitalism and at the same time capture glimpses of love. Each May, Strauss would hang the prints and sell color photocopies of them for five dollars in a one-day-only exhibition under an I-95 overpass. This show, the artist’s first major retrospective, revisits that decadelong project, presenting approximately 170 prints, a group of slide shows assembled by the artist, and thirty-nine billboards placed throughout the city that return her pictures from those years to the streets in which she took them. A catalogue features essays by Barberie and Sally Stein, and a conversational text by Strauss herself, who is, as the artist might say, the real deal.