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Alex Prager, Touch of Evil (Mia Wasikowska), 2011, digital video still. Originally produced by The New York Times Magazine. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Burn with Desire at the Ryerson Image Centre, January 21 – April 5, 2015

Jan. 20, 2015

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) plays with ideas of glamour and female representation in two exhibitions on view January – April 2015.

From Edward Steichen’s iconic portrait of silent film star Gloria Swanson (1924) to Annie Leibovitz’s influential gatefold covers for Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue (1995-2014), Burn with Desire: Photography and Glamour offers a sweeping yet considered view of photography’s role in defining glamour since the 1920s. Approaching female identity from a different angle, Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women seeks to challenge stereotypes, while claiming an alternative presence for women in the public sphere. Works by Marie Le Mounier, Katherine Lannin, Rebecca Belmore, Ange Leccia, Gunilla Josephson, Jo Spence and Leila Zahiri offer a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional standards that have shaped female identity.

Both exhibitions open with a reception on January 21, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will be on view at the Ryerson Image Centre from January 21 to April 5, 2015. The Ryerson Image Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of our media sponsors for Burn with Desire: Toronto Life, FASHION Magazine and Toronto Star.

WHAT: The Ryerson Image Centre presents Burn with Desire: Photography and Glamour and Anti-Glamour: Portraits of Women

WHEN: January 21 – April 5, 2015 

Ryerson Image Centre 33 Gould Street Toronto, ON