Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections
Photographs from local private collections brought into public view
May 6–July 30, 2016
Curated by Jessica Bradley
This exhibition is organized in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
University of Toronto Art Centre
The Art Museum is proud to present Counterpoints, a major exhibition that reveals the remarkable breadth and depth of interest in photography in this city. The exhibition has evolved through the generosity of passionately committed collectors who granted the loan of their works, allowing them to be seen by the public – many for the first time in Toronto.
Highlighting a broad spectrum of private collections, Counterpoints proposes an experience of looking at photography that is ultimately heterogeneous and non-linear. Spanning nearly two centuries, the exhibition comprises 19th century singular images captured on metal and glass plates, through to artists’ works that acknowledge photography’s endlessly reproducible, ubiquitous presence in a vast and ephemeral digital world.
Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7-9pm
University College Quadrangle
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2pm
Meet at University of Toronto Art Centre
Artists on Photography
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7pm
Featuring Kotama Bouabane, Robert Burley, and Meera Margaret Singh
Moderated by Sarah Parsons
Debates Room, Hart House
Collectors and Photography
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 7pm
Featuring Debra Campbell, Ann Malcolmson, Dr. Kenneth Montague, and Maia-Mari Sutnik
Moderated by Sara Angel
Music Room, Hart House
Carol and David Appel, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Bailey Collection, Fred W. Budnik, Debra and Barry Campbell, Shelli Cassidy-McIntosh and Mike McIntosh, Beverly and Jack Creed, Sarah Dinnick and Colin Webster, David and Yvonne Fleck, Kate and Steve Foley, Hart House Collection, Ydessa Hendeles, Phil Lind, Brenda Hebert and Brent Lisowski, Ann and Harry Malcolmson, Dr. Paul Marks, Liza Mauer and Andrew Sheiner, Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau, Pamela Meredith and Jamie McDonald, Michael Mitchell, Robert Mitchell and York Lethbridge, Dr. Kenneth Montague | The Wedge Collection, National Gallery of Canada, Elisa Nuyten and David Dime, Marwan H. Osseiran, Julia and Gilles Ouellette, Carol and Morton Rapp, Laura Rapp and Jay Smith, Peter Ross, Alison and Alan Schwartz, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., Sandra Simpson, Carole and Howard Tanenbaum, Timothy Thompson, University of Toronto Collection, The Shlesinger-Walbohm Family, Ann and Marshall Webb, Steven Wilson and Michael Simmonds, and other private collections
We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with support from Individual Lead Sponsor W. Bruce C. Bailey, and additional project support from Manulife, TD Insurance, and MBNA.
Title Image: Christopher Williams, Cutaway model Switar 25mm f1.4 AR. Glass, wood and brass. Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Glendale, California, November, 17, 2007–November 30, 2007, 2008. Gelatin silver print. Collection of Phil Lind.