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Zoe Strauss on what matters, on Artblog Radio

Roberta and Libby interview Zoe Strauss in this 15-minute podcast for Artblog Radio.


Artist Zoe Strauss was preparing for her important mid-career retrospective, Zoe Strauss: Ten Years, when we talked to her at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  The exhibit opens at the PMA Jan. 14, 2012, but Strauss was hard at work in August, getting ready. As excited as she was about the upcoming show, she was even more excited about the part of the show that was going to go up on billboards around Philadelphia, where the general public could see the photos. Her populist spirit and loyalty to community is behind all of her work and behind her fabled series of self-produced art shows under I-95. That spirit comes through loud and clear in this podcast as well as on Strauss’ blog. One more thing we thought you’d like to know–Strauss said she used an ordinary little point-and-shoot for some of the earlier digital images in the under-I-95 project. Picture them projected on the wall in the 2006 Whitney Biennial!

Zoe Strauss

This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The music is by Eric Biondo. Thanks to the Knight Foundation for helping us get the ball rolling on this project. Thanks also to J-Lab‘s Enterprise Reporting Fund and William Penn Foundation for additional support and to our partner WHYY NewsWorks for their ongoing support. You can listen to Artblog Radio on Apple and Spotify.