Current Exhibition

Two Girls-GRY-1000
Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1964.

Joel Katz
And I Said No Lord: A Twenty-One-Year-Old in Mississippi in 1964
Photographed and written nearly 50 years ago, this book recounts Joel Katz’s experiences in Mississippi during seven weeks of “Freedom Summer.” Published by the University of Alabama Press.

Joel Katz—designer, photographer, and teacher—is widely known for his information and graphic design and for his wayfinding projects. Cursed with a hopeless sense of direction, his maps and signs reflect a combination of innate survival instinct, professionalism, and passion. Walk!Philadelphia and Ride!Philadelphia are among his most notable wayfinding works.

In 2002, Katz won the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and was elected a Fellow of AIGA Philadelphia. His work can be viewed on his websites: and

And I Said No Lord: A Twenty-One-Year-Old in Mississippi in 1964 was photographed as Katz’s Scholar of the House Project at Yale University. The project focused on the daily lives of ordinary people while confronting the racial tensions of the civil rights era. His senior academic year was spent writing, selecting and printing photographs, and designing and assembling the book. He met regularly with Walker Evans during that year. The project won the Strong Prize for American Literature.

Currently, he teaches Design for Understanding at The University of the Arts. He taught photography at John Cabot University in Rome in 2010. His photographs have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Photo Review, and 1:1 Photo Magazine, and exhibited at Temple University Rome, Moore College of Art & Design, The Print Center, and the Philadelphia Free Library.

His other books include Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design, published by John Wiley & Sons in 2012, and Brand Atlas, co-authored with Alina Wheeler, in 2011.

Katz’s designs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.

First Friday reception — August 1, 6-9pm
Exhibition runs from July 15–August 31

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