The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) public art gallery will be opening in downtown Toronto on September 29. Its focus is the “exhibition, research, study and teaching of photography and related disciplines, including new media, installation art and film.” The RIC is home to the visual archive of one of the most significant collections of photojournalism, the Black Star Collection, with about 292,000 black-and-white images of New York’s Black Star Agency. The Black Star Agency worked with some of the most prominent photographers of the 20th century and commissioned work for major publications like Time, Life, The New York Times and Newsweek.
The first exhibition will be Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection, which features new work by Canadian artists Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics, David Rokeby and Michael Snow. This show runs from September 29 through December 16.