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Since January 2007, Nato Thompson has organized major projects for Creative Time including the annual Creative Time Summit, Living as Form (2011), Paul Ramirez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie (2009), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), Paul Chan’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007) and Mike Nelson’s A Psychic Vacuum with curator Peter Eleey. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004) with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including BookForum,Frieze, Art Journal, Art Forum, Parkett, Cabinet and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. The College Art Association awarded him for distinguished writing in Art Journal in 2004. He curated the exhibition for Independent Curators International titled Experimental Geography with a book available by Melville House Publishing. His bookSeeing Power: Socially Engaged Art in the Age of Cultural Production was published by Melville House in January 2012.
Zoe Strauss is a photographer of the social landscape. She produces ambitious, large-scale public projects, notably her annual May 1st exhibition under I-95, in which hundreds of photographs of the surrounding community are marshaled to activate a two-block area. She just completed the fourth year of this ongoing ten-year project, which is free and open to the public. Strauss has had her work included in exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Arcadia University Art Gallery, and the Indianapolis Installation Festival. She has served as a Leeway Foundation Advisory Committee member, and a teaching artist at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. She was the subject of a feature article in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work is included in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.