AGO's Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s - 1980s Exhibition ReviewPeople watching is one of my favourite past times, I think it's all the traveling I did when I was younger. I used to sit in the middle of a foreign city, grab a coffee and just watch the locals going about their daily lives and making up stories in my head about them (since I usually couldn't understand a single word they were saying:) Coming up with stories for your fellow passengers is also a great way to pass the time when waiting for yet another short turned streetcar here in Toronto. I think that's why I loved Outsiders: American Photography and Film 1950s -1980s so much.
|Danny Lyon, Cal, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 1966. Gelatin silver print, 40.6 × 50.8 cm (sheet). Promised gift, James Lahey and Brian Lahey, in honour of our mother Ellen Lahey. © 2015 Danny Lyon/Magnum Photos|
The exhibition features collections from renowned photographers Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Danny Winogrand, and Gordon Parks, who was the first African-American to work for Life magazine. The photos capture, albeit briefly, a small glimpse into the lives and events that helped shaped modern-day American society, as well as people who pushed the boundaries of 'social-norms'. There are also five films running throughout the exhibit, so make sure you put plenty of time aside, if you plan on watching all the films in their entirety.
|Nan Goldin, Picnic on the Esplanade, Boston, 1973. Cibachrome print, 57.2 x 77.5 cm. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery. © 2016 Nan Goldin|
P.s!: There are several screenings and talks taking place about the exhibit and the artists. Please visit AGO for events times and schedule.