Theater of the Streets: Social Landscapes Through the Lens of Jill Freedman

Curated by Yelana Sims

January 24 - March 11
Curators Talk: Monday, January 31, 6 p.m., Zoom
Closing Reception: Friday, March 4, 5-7 p.m.

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Street photographer Jill Freedman (1939 – 2019) spent her life with her lens towards the fringes, where she felt a deep affinity with the marginalized and the downtrodden. Though her most popular works focus on social and political movements such as the Gay Liberation Movement and the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968, Freedman’s work is inclusive and wide-ranging. As a street photographer, Freedman was closely connected to her subjects and her setting. This exhibit will take you through these “scapes,” focusing on representations of power, time and change, sound and movement, and Jill herself. In doing so, this exhibit will show viewers Freedman’s undeniable artistry in documenting scenes of struggle, heartbreak, justice, and triumph.

Theater of the Streets is student-curated and borne out of collaborative exhibit design amongst graduate students from the Public History program, the Department of History, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.