WITNESS WORKS BY VANGUARD TORONTO-BASED VIDEO ARTISTS SPRING HURLBUT AND IZABELLA PRUSKA-OLDENHOF AT THE RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE
A still from Spring Hurlbut’s 2008 video installation, Airborne (photo © Spring Hurlbut, courtest of Georgia Scherman Projects)
JANUARY 20 TO APRIL 10 A pair of particularly mesmerizing video works encourage quiet contemplation at the Ryerson Image Centre. Commissioned by the gallery, The Relics of Lumen, by experimental filmmaker and Ryerson faculty member Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, juxtaposes astronomical photos and images of transit and locomotion to comment on the displacement of people. Spring Hurlbut’s Airborne looks, in a way, at another kind of displacement: in slow motion, the Toronto artist ritualistically opens six urns, the cremated contents of which ascend, swirl and delicately disperse, poignantly visualizing life’s evanescence. —Craig Moy
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© Estate of Arnaud Maggs, Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery
Photo: After Nadar: Pierrot Turning (detail), 2012
Artist: Arnaud Maggs
Exhibition: From May 1 to June 2, the Ryerson Image Centre presents a retrospective of Maggs’s works in honour of his 2012 Scotiabank Photography Award win.
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Among the Black Star Collection photographs on display at the Ryerson Image Centre is Bob Fitch’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Birmingham, Alabama, December 1965 (photo: Ryerson Image Centre)
JANUARY 23 TO APRIL 14 Few art forms offer such unfettered insight into the human condition as photojournalism. The Ryerson Image Centre makes this clear in its latest exhibition, Human Rights Human Wrongs, which draws on the famed Black Star Collection to present a compelling view of the endless struggle for equality. Capturing events as dichotomous as Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, the display considers some of humanity’s great moments of triumph alongside our most terrible offences. It also addresses important questions about photojournalism’s ethics and efficacy, and the legacy that such images leave behind. —Craig Moy
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SEPTEMBER 29 TO DECEMBER 16 Ryerson University has long been recognized as one of Canada’s premier nurturers of the “image arts,” with degree programs in film, photography, and even photographic preservation and collections management. It’s fitting, then, that the school’s newest marquee site should be the Ryerson Image Centre. Among other things, the downtown destination houses the nearly 300,000-print-strong Black Star collection of 20th-century photojournalism, as well as a 4,500-square-foot gallery for the display of contemporary visuals. The centre’s debut exhibition, titled Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection, features new works interpreting that famous assemblage of imagery by such leading Canadian artists as David Rokeby, Vera Frenkel and Michael Snow.