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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

2012 LECTURES & EVENTS

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Each exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre is accompanied by public opening receptions, curator and artist walk-throughs, lectures, conferences, symposia, screenings and more. The Research Centre also presents Noon Time Collection Talks, intimate conversations focusing on the Ryerson Image Centre’s vast photography collections.

All public programs are free admission and open to the public.


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CURATOR AND ARTIST WALK-THROUGHS

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 6pm
Doina Popescu, co-curator of Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection and Dr. Gaëlle Morel, curator of The Art of the Archive will give tours of both exhibitions.

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The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era - Book Launch
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West
December 5, 2012
5:00-8:00pm

Opening Remarks by Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC). A public conversation between Robert Burley and Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator at the RIC will begin at 6:00pm. This will be the first opportunity for Robert Burley to sign copies of his book in Toronto. The exhibition Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness organized by the Ryerson Image Centre and curated by Dr. Morel will be on display at the RIC, January 22 to April 13, 2014. This book is co-published with Princeton Architectural Press.

 

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Panel Discussion

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection 

Saturday, November 10, 2012 @ 1pm


Peggy Gale, co-curator of Archival Dialogues
, Dot Tuer, writer, cultural theorist, historian, and professor at OCADU
, Jennifer Allen, art critic and editor of Frieze d/e


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Noon Time Collection Talks


Thursday, September 20, 2012 @ 12pm: Landing the Black Star Collection

Peter Higdon, Ryerson Image Centre Collections Curator

Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 12pm: The Black Star Agency and Life Magazine

Dr. Thierry Gervais, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, and Ryerson Image Centre Head of Research

Thursday, November 22, 2012 @ 12pm: Berenice Abbott: Paris and New York

Dr. Gaëlle Morel, Ryerson Image Centre Exhibitions Curator

Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 2pm
Doina Popescu and Peggy Gale, co-curators of Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection
 artists from the exhibition will be in attendance


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Berenice Abbott: Photographs – Conference
Ryerson University, Rogers Communication Centre,
80 Gould Street, Eaton Theatre, RCC-204 (Second Floor)
Saturday, May 26, 2012  1:00-4:30pm


To accompany the exhibition Berenice Abbott: Photographs the Ryerson Image Centre and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival are pleased to present a one-day conference addressing the work of Berenice Abbott. This conference will be open to the public and free to attend.

1:00pm Introductions
Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre,
Marta Gili, Director of the Jeu de Paume (Paris),
Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

1:30pm Keynote Address
Ron Kurtz, Owner of Commerce Graphics
A graduate of MIT, Kurtz had a long career in the high tech materials industry as owner of Kulite Tungsten Corp.  In 1961, a lifelong interest in photography led him to begin collecting fine art photographs. In 1985, he acquired the Berenice Abbott archive.  After donating a large portion of the archive to various museums and institutions, he established Commerce Graphics to administer the commercial aspects of Abbott’s work.  Since the sale of Kulite in 1997, Kurtz is involved full time with Commerce Graphics.

2:45pm Panel Discussion
Gaëlle Morel, Sarah Miller, Terri Weissman, Moderator: Sophie Hackett

Gaëlle Morel is Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre. She received her PhD in the history of contemporary art from Université Panthéon-Sorbonne, and she is a member of the editorial committee of the bilingual refereed journal Études photographiques. Morel was the guest curator of the Mois de la Photo in Montreal in 2009 and she has written essays that have appeared in a number of books and catalogues.

Sarah Miller is the Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in American Art at the University of Chicago. She is writing a book on the diverse inventions and iterations of the concept “documentary” across theories, practices, and institutions of photography during the American 1930s. Her work has been supported by the Whiting Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Center for Creative Photography, Council on Library and Information Resources, and University of Chicago.

Terri Weissman is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her book, The Realisms of Berenice Abbott: Documentary Photography and Political Action, was published by the University of California Press in 2011. She also co-curated (with Sharon Corwin and Jessica May) the exhibition American Modern: Abbott, Evans and Bourke-White. Her current project investigates the visual culture of protest movements; it is tentatively titled, This is What Democracy Looks Like: Freedom, Action and Revolutionary Dreams.

Moderator:
Sophie Hackett is the Assistant Curator, Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University’s Masters program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Over the last decade, she has contributed to several Canadian art magazines and international journals and curated many shows independently. Recently, in her role at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she commissioned Barbara Kruger to create a new work for the front façade of the AGO, Untitled (It), for the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


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Berenice Abbott: Photographs – Opening reception
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
May 23, 2012
6:00-8:30pm

Opening remarks:
Sheldon Levy (Ryerson University), Doina Popescu (Ryerson Image Centre), Marta Gili (Jeu de Paume), Darcy Killeen or Bonnie Rubenstein (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival).



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Berenice Abbott: Photographs – Catalogue launch
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen Street West
May 22, 2012
5:00-7:00pm


Opening Remarks by Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre and Marta Gigi, Director of the Jeu de Paume Interview of Gaëlle Morel, curator of Berenice Abbott: Photographs exhibition and the Ryerson Image Centre conducted by Professor Blake Fitzpatrick, Graduate Program Director, Documentary Media (MFA) Program, School of Image Arts, at Ryerson University.

Dr. Morel will speak to Prof. Fitzpatrick about the art and practice of seminal American photographer Berenice Abbott. She will share insights into Abbott’s work and illuminate her own curatorial practice.

This will be the first opportunity for Dr. Morel to sign copies of her book on Berenice Abbott in Toronto.

Co-Organized with This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS).




Co-Presented with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and the Stephen Bulger Gallery.




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Close Encounters – Catalogue launch
The Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West
April 16, 2012
Doors open at 7:00pm


Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years

The Toronto Celebration and Catalogue Launch

What will happen to Indigenous culture tomorrow? Through the cultural practices of today, we can begin to formulate what the future will bring. Join us for a lively evening of art, storytelling, performance and film.

Featuring:

  • the art of Kent Monkman,
  • the storytelling of Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
  • the films of Rebecca Belmore, Maria Thereza Alves and Tracy Moffat
  • a Manifesto performance by Steve Loft
  • and the curatorial presence of Lee-Ann Martin, Steve Loft and Candice Hopkins

Steve Loft is the National Visiting Trudeau Fellow at Ryerson University and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ryerson Image Centre

Co-Organized with This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS).


Co-Presented with the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and the Trudeau Foundation.



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Toronto Convention. ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIONS: Definitions, Descriptions, Access.
January 19- January 21, 2012
Ryerson University



Photographic collections and photographic objects are questioning and challenging curators, collectors and photographic dealers in their daily work.

Art historians have long been faced with having to identify the hand of the master painter or sculptor among those of his/her students; in the same regard, photographic historians are now working with portraits from Nadar’s studio and images by Man Ray printed long after his death. This issue of authorship raises the question of object/image-dating: How does one write a proper caption?

Photography questions the idea of the original, which is very important to the process of collecting: Should one collect negatives or prints? Which prints should be collected?

In the last two decades, questions related to this multifaceted aspect of the photographic object have generated extensive research about the appropriate vocabulary used to describe photographs: a vocabulary that would evade photographic ubiquities and which would facilitate knowledge exchanges; a vocabulary that would precisely describe photographic objects and would aid curators and collectors with their collections; a vocabulary that would better facilitate access to the general public, not only to the image but also to the picture – the original print.

The ‘Toronto Convention: About Photographic Collections, Definitions, Descriptions and Access’ aims to share this research, to engage in new discussions and to contribute to the establishment of a precise photographic vocabulary. Curators, collectors, conservators, photographic dealers and scholars will present lectures and will take part in panel discussions from Thursday, January 19th, 2012 to Saturday, January 21st, 2012.  A publication gathering important definitions is planned as a follow-up to the symposium.

The full program can be downloaded here.

Watch the symposium online:
Thursday, January 19
Friday, January 20 
Saturday, January 21

The symposium has been made possible through the generous support of:
 Les Amis de la Bibliothèque Clémentine, 
the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation,
 the Consulat Général de France à Toronto.

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