School of Art, Media, and Technology

Fall 2011 Photography Lecture Series: Zoe Leonard

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Aperture Foundation and the Photography Program in the School of Art,
Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design present:

Fall 2011 Photography Lecture Series
Zoe Leonard

Tuesday, October 25th
FREE Admission, seating is on first-come, first serve basis

Aperture Gallery
547 West 27th Street, 4th floor
New York, New York
(212) 505-5555

Aperture and the Photography Program in the School or Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design is pleased to present the second lecture of the Parsons/Aperture Photography 2011-12 Lecture Series with artist Zoe Leonard. Although Leonard is an artist primarily working with photography, she has also produced significant works in film, sculpture and installation. For more than twenty years, her photographs have investigated an extensive range of subjects including the relationship between genders, globalization, the ambivalence between culture and nature, history and the present day, as well as the relation between space and time. Seemingly everyday things photographed in black and white or in color are described and considered in an alternate context. Leonard’s monumental project “Analogue” is not only a meditation on the costs of urban redevelopment, but an exploration of the replacement of local markets by a global economy. As its name suggests, “analogue” is also an elegy to a long-standing tradition of documentary photography, from Atget to Walker Evans, which Leonard sees passing with the onset of digital photography.

Zoe Leonard was born in 1961 in Liberty, New York, and now lives and works in New York City. She has exhibited internationally since 1990, including the 1992 Documenta IX as well as recent solo presentations at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Villa Arson, Nice, France; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City; Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. In 2007, Leonard was the subject of a 20-year career retrospective at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, in Winterthur, Switzerland, which traveled to the Reina Sofía in Madrid in winter 2008. In 2009 she had a solo exhibition titled Derrotero, at the Hispanic Society of America in New York City and a retrospective titled Zoe Leonard Photographs. In 2010, her portfolio, Analogue 1998-2007, which was part of this retrospective, gained her a place as one of the four nominees shortlisted for the £30,000 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize.

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