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Gallery Exhibit: “Leah Frances: Things Were Never Normal”
August 30 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pmFree
Tues., Aug. 30–Thur., Oct. 6, Freedman Gallery
Gallery Hours: Tues. – Fri., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Canadian photographer, Leah Frances, received her M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and now resides in Easton, PA. Her first photo book, “American Squares,” debuted in September 2019 at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, and a second, “Lunch Poems,” will be released in the fall 2022. The exhibit highlights “third spaces:” components of an area’s social infrastructure, communal spaces outside of home and work such as taverns, church picnics, diners, restaurants and movie theatres. The images of these sites where we once gathered were captured during the pandemic and, for the most part, are devoid of people, adding a surreal quality to what might normally be seen as a bit of nostalgic Americana. Presenting scenes of idealized American mythology, while capturing what is left behind in a declining economy, the artist poses the question what was, is and will be considered normal?
• Artist’s Virtual Lecture, Thur., Sept. 8, 4 p.m.
• Closing Reception, Thur., Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m., Freedman Gallery