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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

PAST EXHIBITIONS - 2016

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THE LIGHT INSIDE: WENDY SNYDER MACNEIL, PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILMS


THE LIGHT INSIDE: WENDY SNYDER MACNEIL, PHOTOGRAPHS AND FILMS   

January 20 – April 10, 2016
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


This exhibition brings renewed attention to the compelling portraiture of pioneering American photographer and educator Wendy Snyder MacNeil (b. 1943), whose archive is preserved at the Ryerson Image Centre. 

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SPRING HURLBUT: AIRBORNE


SPRING HURLBUT: AIRBORNE

January 20 – April 10, 2016
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


This video by acclaimed Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut documents the release of cremated remains entrusted to the artist, offering a silent meditative reflection on mortality and the physical presence of death. 

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IZABELLA PRUSKA-OLDENHOF: THE RELICS OF LUMEN


IZABELLA PRUSKA-OLDENHOF: THE RELICS OF LUMEN

January 20 – April 10, 2016
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre


This newly-commissioned video by Canadian experimental filmmaker Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof explores different representations of stars, captured in still and moving images over the last century. 

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CHRISTOPHER MANSON: LIVING WITH DIABETES IN MOOSE FACTORY


CHRISTOPHER MANSON: LIVING WITH DIABETES IN MOOSE FACTORY

March 9 – April 10, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


This long-term photo-documentary project explores the unique challenges faced by diabetics living in the remote Cree community of Moose Factory, Ontario, an island where historical events have led to unusually high rates of the disease. Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and Ryerson University Magazine.    

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Ways of Seeing: Building the RIC Collection


WAYS OF SEEING: BUILDING THE RIC COLLECTION

January 20 – February 28, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


Students from Ryerson University’s Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management program present this exhibition drawn from the RIC’s photographs collection, including original works by a variety of practitioners from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. 

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FROM THE COLLECTION: ELAINE LING


FROM THE COLLECTION: ELAINE LING

January 20 – February 28, 2016
Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre


Toronto-based photographer Elaine Ling has documented ancient stone formations, fragmented statuary figures, giant trees surviving for millennia, abandoned architectural structures, and indigenous families and groups during her wide-ranging travels. 

From the Collection is a rotating display highlighting works from the Ryerson Image Centre’s permanent collection.

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LOCRIN STEWART: TIMED DECAY


LOCRIN STEWART: TIMED DECAY

May 4 – 29, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


The photochemical arts all touch on aspects of time and space. Regardless of the method of photographic capture, the subject matter, or reasoning behind the image, the dialogue between time and the space of the photograph is one of the medium’s defining features. Timed Decay directly addresses the inevitable and ongoing progression of these elements through a series of analogue, black and white fiber-based prints using an unstable developer. 

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SOPHIE SABET: SINCE WE LAST SPOKE


SOPHIE SABET: SINCE WE LAST SPOKE

June 8 – July 10, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


Since We Last Spoke is an autobiographical three-channel video installation exploring the intricacies and tribulations of a modern Iranian-Canadian home. This project is a personal exploration of the impact of displacement on my family due to migration, and the consequent interpersonal and cultural frictions. 

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SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD: ANGELA GRAUERHOLZ


SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD: ANGELA GRAUERHOLZ

May 4 – August 21, 2016
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


This survey of more than seventy works, spanning the 1980s to the present, celebrates the career of acclaimed Canadian artist Angela Grauerholz, whose photographs have consistently explored the persistence yet unreliability of cultural memory through representation of archives, libraries and museums. The exhibition is presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, and is a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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ANNIE MACDONELL: HOLDING STILL // HOLDING TOGETHER


ANNIE MACDONELL: HOLDING STILL // HOLDING TOGETHER

May 4 – August 21, 2016
University Gallery & Sallah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre


Holding Still // Holding Together originates in images of passive political resistance gathered from the RIC’s Black Star Collection and other sources. At times deceptively peaceful, the photographs express an imbalance and struggle between the police officers and the limp bodies of protestors being forced to move. This is a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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JULIA HENDRICKSON: AS SHE, REHEARSES DISAPPEARANCE


JULIA HENDRICKSON: AS SHE, REHEARSES DISAPPEARANCE

July 20 – August 21, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


Fragmented images of a female dancer are projected onto a gallery wall, drawing attention to the instability of photographs, performance, and human memory. As the dancer turns, a string coils around her body and leaves ephemeral imprints on her skin. 

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ELISA GONZALEZ & DANIEL FROIDEVAUX: THE QUIET ZONE


ELISA GONZALEZ & DANIEL FROIDEVAUX: THE QUIET ZONE

September 14 – October 23, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

This two-channel video installation calls attention to the visible and audible evidence of both the electro-sensitive and scientific communities’ attempts to control, mitigate and record the radio environment. 

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THE EDGE OF THE EARTH: CLIMATE CHANGE IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO


THE EDGE OF THE EARTH: CLIMATE CHANGE IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO

September 14 – December 4, 2016

Increasingly and forebodingly, artists are turning their attention to the subject of climate change, in poignant and often confrontational ways. The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video features recent and historic work by a range of pioneering and visionary artists. 

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SIMONE ESTRIN: A SHIFT IN LANDSCAPE


SIMONE ESTRIN: A SHIFT IN THE LANDSCAPE

November 2 – December 4, 2016
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

This documentary film investigates the battle to protect celebrated American sculptor Richard Serra’s seminal work Shift (1970-1972).

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In winter 2017, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) and Black Artist's Networks Dialogue (BAND) team up to present a season of exhibitions exploring historical and ongoing struggles for justice between people of colour and police forces representing the state. Attica USA 1971: Images and Sounds of a Rebellion; Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star; Adam Pendleton: My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard; and From the Collection: Sister(s) in the Struggle will be on view at the RIC from January 18 to April 9. BAND presents No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto at the Gladstone Hotel from February 2 to 26. 

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ATTICA, USA 1971: IMAGES AND SOUNDS OF A REBELLION


ATTICA, USA 1971: IMAGES AND SOUNDS OF A REBELLION

January 18 – April 9, 2017
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Co-produced by: Le Point du Jour (Cherbourg, France)
With generous support from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Including extraordinary photo-reportage alongside a range of popular art, this exhibition recounts the notorious 1971 insurrection at Attica Correctional Facility in western New York State, and the multivalent cultural response that followed.

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BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, 1963: DAWOUD BEY / BLACK STAR


BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, 1963: DAWOUD BEY / BLACK STAR    

January 18 – April 9, 2017
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


Dawoud Bey’s photographic portraits commemorating the victims of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, are contextualized alongside photojournalistic prints from the RIC’s Black Star Collection.

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ADAM PENDLETON: MY EDUCATION, A PORTRAIT OF DAVID HILLIARD


ADAM PENDLETON: MY EDUCATION, A PORTRAIT OF DAVID HILLIARD

January 18 – April 9, 2017
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre


Revisiting a 1968 gun battle between California police and America’s Black Panther Party, Adam Pendleton’s video draws on eyewitness accounts to raise questions about an event that continues to reverberate deeply today.  

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SISTER(S) IN THE STRUGGLE: ANGELA DAVIS AND KATHLEEN CLEAVER


FROM THE COLLECTION
SISTER(S) IN THE STRUGGLE: ANGELA DAVIS AND KATHLEEN CLEAVER

January 18 – April 9, 2017
Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre
Guest Curator: Julie Crooks


This edition of From the Collection features photographs culled from the RIC’s Black Star Collection of photojournalism, showing Angela Davis and Kathleen Cleaver, leading female figures of the Black Panther Party. 

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THE DARKROOM PROJECT: TALOYOAK, 1972–1973


THE DARKROOM PROJECT: TALOYOAK, 1972–1973 

January 18 – February 26, 2017
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Co-organized with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) 


In 1972, American-Canadian photographer Pamela Harris first visited ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ (Taloyoak), Nunavut (then Spence Bay, Northwest Territories), and started to conceive of a space where the community could develop film and print photographs without the help of distant photo labs. 

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NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE: FROM FERGUSON TO TORONTO


NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE: FROM FERGUSON TO TORONTO

February 2 – 26, 2017
BAND pop-up gallery at the Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor


No Justice, No Peace: From Ferguson to Toronto positions photography at the forefront during an era of heightened global protests against systemic violence by police.

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BENJAMIN FREEDMAN: OBSERVATIONS OF FOREIGN OBJECTS IN A REMOTE TOWN


BENJAMIN FREEDMAN: OBSERVATIONS OF FOREIGN OBJECTS IN A REMOTE TOWN

March 8 – April 9, 2017
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


The exhibition presents a series of photographs and a wall-mounted vinyl image produced by artist Ben Freedman while in residence at the NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

 

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