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Artist's talk with photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier + reception

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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6:00 pm
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LaToya Ruby Frazier

A 6pm reception will be followed at 7pm with a talk by rising star LaToya Ruby Frazier, who will discuss her photographic work now on view at CDS, "Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital). The series documents the struggle for economic opportunity and access to health care by marginalized residents in her hometown, Braddock, PA, in the wake of the controversial 2010 demolition of the community's largest employer, Braddock Hospital. Frazier transformed photographs of citizen protests as well as repurposed ads from a campaign by the Levi's company that drew on Braddock's industrial history into black-and-white photolithographs and screenprints that reference early-twentieth century advertising and social documentary. The exhibit also includes a video projection by Frazier and her mother, "Detox," that concerns health issues in the industrial community. The exhibit coincides with Duke University's year-long series of events: Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future: Commemorating 50 Years of Black Students at Duke. The nine-month, campus-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first black undergraduates will celebrate diversity and inclusiveness by illuminating Duke's black history. The university plans to host a range of events and compile a rich archive of feature articles, photos and other visual material to help tell the story of the black experience at Duke. Questions? Email or visit

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