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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

ATTICA, USA 1971: IMAGES AND SOUNDS OF A REBELLION
January 18 – April 9, 2017
Curated by Philippe Artières with Le Point du Jour (Cherbourg, France)    
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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ATTICA, USA 1971: IMAGES AND SOUNDS OF A REBELLION

Image caption: Inmates of Attica state prison negotiate with state prisons Commissioner Russell Oswald at the facility in Attica, NY, USA, September 10, 1971. Courtesy of the Associated Press    

This exhibition recounts the story and cultural impact of the notorious Attica prison riots in western New York State. In a context of great political unrest in the United States, including repression of the Black Panther Party and mass opposition to the Vietnam War, 2200 inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility rebelled in demand of civil rights and better living conditions. Following failed negotiations, New York state police violently regained control of the prison, resulting in the deaths of 42 detainees and correctional officers. The still and moving images emerging from journalists permitted inside the prison were unlike any photo-reportage seen before, offering extraordinary insight into American incarceration, conditions within the US prison system, and the country’s fraught politics of race and power. This exhibition contextualizes imagery of the events within a broader expressive framework, including photography and documentary film alongside artwork, music, agitprop ephemera, and popular cinema to explore the multivalent cultural response to this extraordinary news event. 

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With generous support from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Related events:

Wednesday, January 18, 6 – 8 pm: Join us for the exhibitions opening party, and a chance to tour our new exhibitions

February 1, 7 pm: Guest Lecture with Professor Heather Ann Thompson
Attica! The Prison Rebellion Watched Around the World and its Legacy
Co-presented with the Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies, University of Toronto
Location TBA

February 22, 6 pm: Exhibition tour Paul Roth and Julie Crooks

All events take place at the RIC (33 Gould Street), unless otherwise noted. Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including  Weegee: Murder Is My Business , J orge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life  and  William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form .
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including  Weegee: Murder Is My Business , J orge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life  and  William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form .
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including  Weegee: Murder Is My Business , J orge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life  and  William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form .
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including  Weegee: Murder Is My Business , J orge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life  and  William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form .

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