GAËLLE MOREL WITH BLAKE FITZPATRICK AT CATALOGUE LAUNCH OF BERENICE ABBOTT: PHOTOGRAPHS
Gaëlle Morel in conversation with Blake Fitzpatrick at Catalogue launch OF Berenice Abbott: Photographs
Professor Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick interviews exhibition curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel about the practice of curation and the art of seminal American photographer Berenice Abbott. Featuring a book signing and opening remarks by Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre and Marta Gili, Director of the Jeu de Paume.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West
Berenice Abbott: Photographs
Famous for her tireless fight for the recognition of French photographer Eugène Atget, Berenice Abbott is also prominently known for her documentary project Changing New York (1935-1939). This exhibition is the first retrospective of the American photographer, Berenice Abbott, presented in France and Canada.
Berenice Abbott: Photographs explores the different stages of her expansive career through more than 120 photographs. In order to provide a larger context for her œuvre, the exhibition will present her photographic prints alongside a series of never-before-exhibited personal documents (letters, book mock-ups, drawings, magazines, scrapbooks, etc.) and a collection of first edition books. Based on new research and incorporating all of the exhibition photographs, the catalogue brings fresh and exciting perspectives on Abbott’s life and professional career.
Dr. Gaëlle Morel is the Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre. She received her PhD in the History of Contemporary Photography from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and she is a member of the editorial committee of the bilingual refereed journal Études photographiques. Her expertise lies with the artistic and cultural recognition of photography from the 1970s, and photographic modernism in the 1930s. Morel was the guest curator of the Mois de la Photo in Montreal in 2009 (with the theme “The Spaces of the Image”) and she has written essays that have appeared in a number of magazines and books. She has also taught History of Contemporary Art and History of Photography at universities in France and Canada.
Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick is a Professor and Graduate Program Director of the Documentary Media Program (MFA), School of Image Arts. He is an active photographer, curator and writer. His research interests include photographic responses to the nuclear era, documenting the Berlin Wall in North America and visual responses to contemporary militarism. His publications include essays and visual works in the journals The History of Photography, Fuse, Topia, Public (42) and the recently published anthology The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada.
The Ryerson Image Centre will open its doors in September 2012 with dynamic public exhibitions in new gallery spaces, extraordinary research opportunities, and a significant photography collection with the famous Black Star Collection at its core. International in scope, focusing on photography, new media and film, this cutting-edge centre brings an exciting combination of public exhibition of innovative work by professional Canadian and international artists, and inspiring academic research and educational opportunities, to the public and the international arts and academic communities. http://www.ryerson.ca/ric
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