Shel Hershorn, Kennedy
Assassination [Lee Harvey Oswald in police custody], Dallas, Texas,
November 22, 1963 (Verso shown).
Reading The Black Star Collection
September 29–December 16, 2012
33 Gould Street
(one block northeast of Yonge and
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Admission is free.
New works by Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle,
Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stan Douglas,
Vera Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics, David Rokeby and
Michael Snow inspired by the Black Star Collection at Ryerson
Curated by Doina Popescu and Peggy Gale.
Internationally acclaimed Canadian artists premiere new
Toronto's newest art gallery, the Ryerson Image Centre, opens
on September 29th with an exhibition showcasing a first rate selection of
leading of Canadian contemporary artists: Stephen Andrews, Christina
Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics,
David Rokeby and Michael Snow.
Reading the Black Star Collection features new work from eight
extraordinary artists, commissioned and created for the grand opening of
the Ryerson Image Centre. Each artist has interacted with the legendary
Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, a world-renowned archive of
historic black and white photojournalism and one of the most valuable
repositories of collective global memory captured in visual form.
By commissioning new works for the grand opening of the Ryerson Image
Centre, curators Doina Popescu and Peggy Gale have facilitated vibrant
examinations and exciting contemporary reinterpretations of the historic
"It's not often Canadian artists of this stature have
their work curated in one exhibition, let alone an exhibition using such
extraordinary source material," says Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson
University. "The depth of talent and the international stature of these
artists makes the opening of the Ryerson Image Centre doubly exciting."
There is a tremendous range of scope in the multi-disciplinary work
presented in Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star
- Vera Frenkel's video-photo-text piece, The Blue Train, was
inspired by Frenkel's mother's escape from Europe at the outbreak of World
- Michael Snow's TAUT features a video projection of
extraordinary crowd scenes on a classroom setting;
- David Rokeby's installation, Shrouded, on the Salah J. Bachir
New Media Wall, reconstructs the way our eye passes over an image and
selectively reveals details;
- Stephen Andrews presents cinema as a forensic tool;
- Christina Battle's multi-media examination of photographs of
disastrous events takes us into the realm of science fiction;
- Stan Douglas's Midcentury Studio chronicles a photographer in
the postwar years;
- Marie-Hélène Cousineau's work is inspired by portraits
and snapshots taken in Baker Lake during the 1960s; and
- Vid Ingelevics explores the contradictions inherent in the archiving
process and the preservation of "original" photographic images.
"The opportunity to examine and re-contextualize diverse aspects of the
historical material in the Black Star Collection has been a remarkable
journey for both the artists and the curators," says Doina Popescu,
Director of the Ryerson Image Centre, who co-curated the exhibition with
Peggy Gale. "These commissioned works offer the public the chance to
witness the coming together of one of the world's most important photo
historical archives with the analytical and creative subtleties at the core
of eight unique contemporary art practices."
The Black Star
Collection was the single largest donation of cultural property ever made
to a Canadian university. Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star
Collection is a gift to its viewers, allowing us to see the past
through the eyes of some of Canada's most exceptional artists.
Ryerson Image Centre Grand Opening
29, 7 pm–Sunday, September 30, 7am
Part of Scotiabank Nuit