Photographer with Eye for Life's Details to Lecture
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—On Monday, Feb. 12, at Smith College, New York photographer Zoe Leonard will discuss her body of work encompassing more than 350 photographs focused on overlooked details in urban landscapes.
Leonard’s talk, the annual Kixie Denison Fieldman ’53 Lecture, will take place at
4:30 p.m. in Seelye Hall 201 and is free and open to the public.
An array of urban images make up Leonard’s “Analogue” project, so named, she said, because it documents the transition from an analogue world to a digital one. Those images will premiere May 12 in an exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University.
Many of Leonard’s images offer juxtapositions among the commercial displays and hand-lettered signs in worn storefronts in urban areas, settings that are far from the allure of homogeneous shopping malls or the digitally manipulated glamour of mail-order or Internet shopping catalogues.
As Leonard described her work in an interview in the Journal of Contemporary Art, she is most interested in “roles that photography has played outside of the art context: aerial reconnaissance photography, science and medical photography, family snapshots. All the ways in which human beings have documented the world in an attempt to order it, in an attempt to consume it or rule it or hang on to it in some sense.”
Leonard’s photo archive is a walk through cities, chronicling a perspective that she says is needed to understand this moment in history.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Department of Art at Smith, as part of the Kixie Denison Fieldman lectureship. A member of the Smith Class of 1953, Kixie Denison Fieldman was passionately interested in the arts, broadly defined, and all issues related to women’s opportunities and possibilities.
Smith College is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling 2,800 students from nearly every state and 61 other countries, Smith is the largest undergraduate women’s college in the country.
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