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Zoe Leonard Lecture


Wednesday, September 11

Lecture by Zoe Leonard
06:00 PM – Lecture
Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago

Since the 1980s, Zoe Leonard (born 1961) has produced provocative installations and photographic works of diverse subjects such as wax anatomical models and aged New York storefronts. For her upcoming lecture, she will discuss her newest work in which she harnesses natural light sources to create black-and-white photographs of the sun and room-sized camera obscura installations. Using the ancient technology of the camera obscura, she creates an immersive environment and asks, as she has over the course of her career, “Is photography a thing, a picture, or a way of seeing?” Many of Leonard’s photographs are distinguished by seemingly unauthorized, awkward viewpoints and a low-tech graininess that reveal what is generally forbidden, forgotten, or, in the case of her sun photographs, something that cannot otherwise be viewed directly.