Review: Black Star Collection

Doina Popescu of the Ryerson Image Centre. Photo by Joseph Hammond

[L]it up on the corner of Gould and Bond St., Ryerson Image Centre welcomed over hundreds of visitors to its grand opening and first exhibition for this year’s Nuit Blanche. Curated by Doina Popescu and Peggy Gale, the exhibition, Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection showcased eight Canadian artists interpretation of the collection.

In 2005, the collection was given to the RIC containing 291,049 black and white pieces of renown photojournalism. From the Kennedy assassination, to yellow press, and to World War II, the collection highlights major events from the 20th century.

The artists, Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle, Marie-Helene Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, Stan Douglas, Vid Inglevic, David Rokbey, and Michael Snow use multi-media to create their own responses to each segment of the Collection. The RIC provided a 20-minute walk-through of the installations allowing 75 people at a time.

“I found this exhibit to be very engaging, especially the works of Marie-Helene Cousineau,” an onlooker attested.

Cousineau’s installation was based on both her experience of living in Iglooik, Nunavut, and photographs taken in Baker Lake in the 1960’s. Her installation reveals encounters in the North, of a life not many are exposed to.

Along with the Archival Dialogues, The Art of the Archive was up for display. The project created by current students and recent alumni from the School of Image Arts at Ryerson showcased several concepts pertaining to the United States and archival repositions.

Archival Dialogues and the Black Star Collection will be available for public viewing from Sept. 29th to Dec. 16th 2012.