Winter 2024 Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Image Centre

Public Opening Party
Tuesday, January 16, 2024 | 7:30–9:30pm

Exhibitions On View
January 17 – April 6, 2024

The Image Centre
33 Gould St., Toronto

Celebrate the launch of a new season at The Image Centre’s Winter Exhibitions Opening Party on Tuesday, January 16, 7:30–9:30 pm.

Take in the dreamlike images of the fashion photographer widely credited with evolving the editorial genre of fashion photography into an art form in Otherworldly: Deborah Turbeville Photographs; absorb the intimate personal photographs of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war in Alexis Cordesse’s video composition Talashi; contemplate Brittany Newlove’s timeless photographic observations of the self in What Should I Say?; plus, enjoy the reopening of Stories from the Picture Press, which chronicles the 20th century through the eyes of photojournalists and photo agencies.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Exhibitions on View

Deborah Turbeville, Asser Levy Public Bathhouse, New York, for Vogue (New York), 1975, black and white chromogenic print. The Image Centre, Gift of Eric Berthold, 2017 © Deborah Turbeville/MUUS Collection

Otherworldly: Deborah Turbeville Photographs

This exhibition from The Image Centre collection presents more than 40 photographic works spanning the innovative career of American photographer Deborah Turbeville (1932–2013), from her major fashion commissions of the 1970s to the more personal projects of her later years. Widely credited with evolving the editorial genre of fashion photography into an art form, Turbeville de-emphasized the clothed figure in her pioneering compositions, whose often-decaying settings reinforce their dreamlike atmosphere. Experimental techniques such as soft focus, the use of printing papers with varied tones and textures, distressing or tearing of the print, and the application of masking tape or other collage elements contribute to the photographs’ otherworldly aesthetic. Learn more

Alexis Cordesse, Talashi (still), 2018–2021, multi-channel video © Alexis Cordesse

Alexis Cordesse: Talashi

Talashi (Arabic for fragmentation, erosion, disappearance) is a video composition made up of personal photographs entrusted to French artist Alexis Cordesse by refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war, ongoing since 2011. Cordesse’s long, patient process of amassing intimate snapshots of family celebrations and quotidian activities challenges the never-ending flood of tragic and violent images produced and widely disseminated by the mainstream media. Learn more

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques (France). Public program supported by the Consulate General of France in Toronto and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Left: Griffith J. “Griff” Davis, Untitled [Children parading, Liberia] (detail), 1950, gelatin silver print. The Black Star Collection, The Image Centre; Right: Francis Fuerst, Untitled [Unidentified airplanes, Europe] (detail), ca. 1914, gelatin silver print. The Black Star Collection, The Image Centre

Stories from the Picture Press: Black Star Publishing Co. & The Canadian Press

Featuring more than thirty-five stories about historic events and personalities, this exhibition explores the important role of photo agencies during the heyday of print photojournalism. Drawing from The Image Centre’s famous Black Star press photography collection as well as the archive of Canada’s national news agency, The Canadian Press, the selection spans the twentieth century—from the British movement for women’s right to vote, through the Watts riots in Los Angeles, to the Oka Crisis in Quebec. Each story illuminates a different aspect of how photojournalists have worked to document the news and distribute their photographs for publication. Learn more

Media Sponsors: The Toronto Star and blogTO

Brittany Newlove: What Should I Say?

In the exhibition What Should I Say?, Brittany Newlove presents a body of work that expresses an existential journey precipitated by the epidemic lockdown, one she continues to explore to the present day. As the period of solitude stretched on, her images reveal the sense of timelessness which set in, and the emerging of a deep sense of inner observation. Using photographs of herself, shadows, and objects in her apartment Newlove’s pictures deeply dissects the relationship with herself. Acutely observing the quality of the changing light in the space around her, the pictures express a consciousness of her body in the passing of time. Learn more

Public Programs

Winter Exhibitions Opening Party
Tuesday, January 16 | 7:30–9:30pm

Alexis Cordesse: Talashi
Alexis Cordesse and Jérémie Molho
Wednesday, January 17 | 6 pm

Round Table
Working Through Black Star
Denise Birkhofer, Valérie Matteau, Gaëlle Morel, Chantal Wilson (moderated by Paul Roth)
Tuesday, February 6 | 6 pm

Special Exhibition Tour
Otherworldly: Deborah Turbeville Photographs
Denise Birkhofer and Eve Townsend
Wednesday, February 21 | 6 pm

Opening Reception
Peyton Keeler-Cox: Questions Nobody Asked Me
Wednesday, March 6 | 6–8 pm

Tanenbaum Lecture
Deborah Turbeville: Beyond Fashion

Nathalie Herschdorfer
Thursday, March 21 | 6 pm

Special Exhibition Tour
Stories from the Picture Press

Gaëlle Morel and Rachel Verbin
Wednesday, March 27 | 6pm

All events take place at The Image Centre (33 Gould St., Toronto) unless otherwise noted.

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