FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Love Poem for New York
JILL FREEDMAN MEMORIAL EXHIBITION
November 30 – December 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 30, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Ki Smith Gallery is honored to host A Love Poem for New York, a memorial exhibition to celebrate the work and life of photographer Jill Freedman, who passed away last month.
This collection, curated by her longtime friend and neighbor Sade Akin Boyewa El, focuses on Freedman’s time in New York City and Washington D.C., pulling from three of her most renowned series: Resurrection City, Street Cops, and Firehouse. These documentary photographs are a powerful expression of the tumultuous decades from the from the 1960s to 80s. Freedman directly tackled the political circumstances that surrounded her, embedding herself amongst the people she would present in her work. Freedman’s commitment to experiencing the vibrancy, unrest, and noise of the city led her to create iconic works that have shaped our understanding of the era.
A Love Poem for New York displays, above all, heartbeats of intimacy that withstand the changing weather of time. A young boy pivots on his skateboard behind a cop embracing his girlfriend on the sidewalk. A family stands together on their stoop in Harlem beside portraits of Martin Luther King Jr. shortly after his assassination. Handwritten messages adorn makeshift walls and protest signs.
Freedman’s innumerable variations of love entwine this collection of photographs, offering an emotional perspective on her most ambitious bodies of work. We invite you to join us at the opening reception of A Love Poem for New York on Saturday, November 30th, from 6:00–10:00 p.m.
JILL FREEDMAN (1939–2019) was a documentary photographer who took to the streets and the roads to shed light on vibrant
yet marginalized communities around the world. Her work is featured in the collections of the International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, among others.