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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

THE LIGHT INSIDE: WENDY SNYDER MACNEIL, PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILMS
January 20 – April 10, 2016
Guest curated by Don Snyder
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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WEEGEE: MURDER IS MY BUSINESS

Image caption: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Andrew Ruvido and Robyn Wessner, from the series Hands, 1981; printed 1982, platinum-palladium print on tracing vellum. IA.2007.0165. Wendy Synder MacNeil Archive, Ryerson Image Centre

This exhibition brings renewed attention to the art and influence of pioneering American photographer and educator Wendy Snyder MacNeil (b. 1943), whose archive is preserved in the collection of the Ryerson Image Centre. MacNeil’s austere, compelling images contributed significantly to the North American photography scene during a period of great experimentalism in the 1970s and 1980s. Her early documentary projects include a photo/text project chronicling the vendors of Boston’s Haymarket district and searing images of Irish itinerants. MacNeil’s expressive portraits often pushed formal boundaries, portraying identity through composite arrangements of imagery or seeking a more direct engagement between subject and viewer through the creation of unique, hand-made prints. An accompanying catalogue presents MacNeil’s work in the context of essays by curator Don Snyder, the artist’s brother and longtime collaborator, as well as art historian Eugenia Parry and others. 

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Related events:

Wednesday, January 20, 6 – 8 pm: Join us for the exhibitions opening party, and a chance to tour our new exhibitions

Thursday, January 21, 6:30 pm: World premiere of When The Ice Goes Out (2016), a film by Jeremy Leach and Wendy Snyder MacNeil

Wednesday, February 3, 6 pm & Wednesday, March 23, 6pm: Tour the exhibition with guest curator, Don Snyder

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

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