AGO Presents Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s

Outsiders on Screen

On Saturday March 12, 2016 the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), as part of their Year of Photography celebrations, will be launching the new exhibition Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s.

Featuring works by American filmmakers Kenneth Anger, Shirley Clarke, Marie Menken, Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, and photographers Diane Arbus, Gordon Parks, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Garry Winogrand and those who attended Casa Susanna, Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s presents a startling vision of post-war America. Capturing individuals and communities outside of the mainstream, these works not only challenged conventional views of society, but give us an opportunity to see ourselves more clearly.

Running from March 12, 2016 through to May 29, 2016 this special exhibition is co-curated by the AGO’s own Associate Curator of Photography Sophie Hackett and the AGO’s Manager of Publications, Jim Shedden. As an extension of the Outsiders exhibition, the AGO will also be presenting a seven-part film series entitled Strangers, Relatives and Flaming Creatures: Outsiders on Screen featuring intimate and transgressive portraits of subjects who, in wildly diverse ways, challenge systems of authority and normative notions of cultural and personal identity. The screening series launches in Jackman Hall on March 11 and runs through May 27.

Films screening as part of Strangers, Relatives and Flaming Creatures: Outsiders on Screen:
Grey Gardens – Friday, March 11, 2016, 7pm, Jackman Hall
True Confessions – Friday March 18, 2016, 7pm, Jackman Hall
Portrait of Jason – Friday, April 1, 2016, 6pm, Jackman Hall
Jason and Shirley – Friday, April 1, 2016, 8pm, Jackman Hall
Flaming Creatures & Little Stabs at Happiness – Friday April 8, 2016, 7pm, Jackman Hall
Streetwise– Friday April 29, 2016, 7pm, Jackman Hall
1989 – Friday, May 27, 2016, 7pm, Jackman Hall

For more information about either Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s or Strangers, Relatives and Flaming Creatures: Outsiders on Screen, please visit the AGO website.