Monday, 30 March 2015

BURN WITH DESIRE

MUSEUM MONDAYS

BY ALEXANDRA JEFFERY

Hey y'all!

For the last Museum Monday I'll write, unless I get gainful employment writing semi-interesting blog posts exclusively on Mondays I thought I would talk about an exhibit I just saw.

On until April 5 (quick act now, one day only, SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY) is Burn with Desire: Photography and Glamour, curated by Gaelle Morel, at the Ryerson Image Centre. The exhibition uses a variety of media to demonstrate the role of photography in defining celebrity and glamour since the early 20th century.


Burn with Desire Exhibit at RIC. Photograph from Carole's Tips.

The show features uses photographs from Ryerson's Black Star Collection:

"Assembled over a period of eighty years at the Black Star photo agency in New York City, the photographs in the Black Star Collection describe the personalities, events and conflicts of the twentieth century[...]The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University includes more than a quarter of a million photographs created by more than 6,000 different image-makers, many of them acknowledged as individuals who helped define picture journalism as it evolved throughout the twentieth century."

I was actually a little bit more interested in the history of the Black Star collection than I was the exhibition... though I thought the exhibition was really good.

Manfred Linus, Untitled [Marilyn Monroe], date and location unknown.
The Black Star Collection, Ryerson Image Centre.

 The Image centre also linked the other exhibitions in the centre with Burn with Desire, currently there is an exhibit titled Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women, a case of 20th century costume jewellery from the collection of Carole Tanenbaum, a video installation of Alex Prager's short films commissioned by the New York  Times titled A Touch of Evil.

Selection of pieces from Fabulous Fakes by Carole Tanenbaum, from the 50's and early 60's.
Photograph from Carole's Tips

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