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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

2013 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

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Curator and Artist Walk-Throughs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. with guest curator Steve Loft

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. with Guest Curator Steve Loft and artist Alan Michelson

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. with guest curator Steve Loft and special guest(s)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. with guest curator Steve Loft and special guest(s)

Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 6pm
Exhibition curators Blake Fitzpatrick and John Bentley Mays, will lead a tour of Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days. 

Wednesday July 24, 2013 @ 6pm
Exhibition curator, David Harris, will lead a tour of Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 @ 6pm
Exhibition curators Blake Fitzpatrick and John Bentley Mays, will lead a tour of Arthur S. Goss: Works and Days. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 6pm
Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre and Dr. Gaëlle Morel, curator of Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images and Clive Holden: UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS, will lead tours of the exhibitions.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 @ 6pm
Artist Clive Holden will speak about his work UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS, which draws from the Black Star Collection and is presented on the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall in the Ryerson Image Centre.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @ 6pm
Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre and Dr. Gaëlle Morel, curator of Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images and Clive Holden: UNAMERICAN UNFAMOUS, will lead tours of the exhibitions.

NOON TIME COLLECTION TALKS
All Noon Time Collection Talks are open to the public and take place at the Research Centre, located on the second floor of 122 Bond Street.

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Valérie Matteau: Bringing “Old News” into the Twenty-First Century

Valérie Matteau: Bringing “Old News” into the Twenty-First Century
November 14, 2013 @ 12pm

Valérie Matteau, the RIC’s Curatorial Associate + Exhibitions Coordinator, will speak about two current projects whose aims are to deepen our knowledge of the Black Star Collection − the first being an oral history documentary film project, and the second, a crowd-sourced ‘keywording’ initiative that offers a new point of access into the holdings. Drawing from the Black Star Collection’s photographs of the American Civil Rights Movement, Valérie will show original prints in conjunction with excerpts from film interviews where the photographers recount their experiences documenting these historic events, animating their own photographs, and enhancing our understanding of the images. Valérie will then discuss the RIC’s “tagging” project with Tagasauris, an approach that uses crowdsourcing to describe subjects in photographs from the Collections, with the result of allowing contemporary terms to be used when searching the Collections Database. Please join us for a presentation on how these current projects at the RIC are enriching our understanding of the Black Star Collection.

Marcus Schubert: Visionary Environments

Marcus Schubert: Visionary Environments
October 17, 2013 @ 12pm

The RIC is pleased to have a strong representative selection of prints from photographer Marcus Schubert’s seminal body of work, Visionary Environments. A gift of the artist, the works were produced over the period of 1985 – 1990 in Europe, the United States and Canada. Schubert’s deep interest in Outsider Art led him to both document and interpret a diverse range of extraordinary architectural and sculptural creations constructed by untrained practitioners. Marcus Schubert’s work is a testament to these artists’ fantastical and often obsessive visions, which flow from rich imaginations unimpeded by the limitations of traditional artistic convention. Please join us for a presentation and discussion of the work by the artist.

 

A Collection Comes Full Circle: Mark Wolfson’s Gift to the RIC

A Collection Comes Full Circle: Mark Wolfson’s Gift to the RIC
September 19, 2013 @ 12pm

Peter Higdon, Collections Curator, will speak about Toronto collector Mark Wolfson’s important 2010 gift of thirty-two photographs to the RIC. The donation includes works by Peter Henry Emerson, Edward Muybridge, W. Eugene Smith and Jacques-Henri Lartigue, as well as rare panoramic prints by H. O. Dodge that document the celebrative pageantry that took place during Quebec City’s Tercentenary in 1908. Peter will show and discuss a selection of prints from the donation. Mark Wolfson will be present for questions and commentary on his collecting practice. Please join us for this introduction to an important addition to the holdings.

Ruth Kaplan: Bathers

Ruth Kaplan: Bathers
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 @ 12pm

Beginning in 1991, Bathers is a series of work that Toronto-based photographer, Ruth Kaplan, pursued for more than a decade. It is a seminal body of work in Kaplan’s practice and the Ryerson Image Centre is proud that it is well represented in the collection. In exploring the universality and cultural variety of the human connection to water, Bathers takes the viewer through contexts as varied as California’s Esalen, a centre of spiritual seeking, to the Czech Republic and other Eastern European settings where water is used as medical treatment. Later works include public baths in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and hot springs in Iceland. Kaplan will also speak about her current projects.

Ruth Kaplan’s work is held by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the CMCP, the Canada Council Art Bank and numerous private collections. She is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

Phil Bergerson: “Shards of America,” and Beyond

Phil Bergerson: “Shards of America,” and Beyond
Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 12pm

Phil Bergerson is a photographer whose fascination with the ironic detritus of North American culture is longstanding. His remarkable book, Shards of America, is a rich and tumbling index of cultural expression as seen in the architecture, the streets and the signage – commercial, anarchic, eccentric and imploring – of small towns across the continent. The Ryerson Image Centre has been the fortunate recipient of a range of prints from the project, and is pleased to announce a talk by the artist on this work. He will speak as well about its continuation and the development of a second book.

Phil Bergerson’s work is held by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the CMCP and the National Gallery of Canada. He is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

Photographic Expeditions in the 19th Century

Photographic Expeditions in the 19th Century
Thursday, February 14, 2013 @ 12pm

Steven Evans, photographer, collector and specialist in 19th century photography has emerged as an important player internationally on the collecting scene and in the photography marketplace. His holdings include works by many significant figures in 19th and early 20th century photography, and he has discovered and brought long lost practitioners back into the light. Steven is the generous donor of a range of 19th century albumen prints to the RIC Collection by figures important in the history of photography. Using these original prints he will speak about their place in the revolution in visual culture delivered by photography in the decades after the announcement of its invention in 1839.

Wendy MacNeil: Pictures and Portraits

Wendy MacNeil: Pictures and Portraits
Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 12pm

The Ryerson Image Centre has acquired the archive of the celebrated New England-based photographer Wendy MacNeil, whose introduction of vernacular photography into her fine art practice in the early 1970s was groundbreaking. It was an era of experimentation, and resuscitation of early photographic processes, and MacNeil chose the exquisite platinum-palladium on vellum as her primary medium. Her portraits are exploratory, deeply engaging, and ask the perpetual question: is it possible to genuinely portray another? Don Snyder, photographer, critical writer and professor in the School of Image Arts, is an expert on the work of Wendy MacNeil. He will show a range of her original preparatory and final prints and discuss her impact on photography at a time when a number of significant women photographers emerged in the field.

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KODAK LECTURE SERIES
Presented by the Ryerson Image Centre and the School of Image Arts
350 Victoria Street, Library, Room LIB-72
All lectures are FREE. No registation required.

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Alfredo Jaar: It Is Difficult

Alfredo Jaar: It Is Difficult 
October 2, 2013 @ 7:30pm

LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street

The artist will discuss his most recent projects realized around the world. To watch the lecture, please follow this link: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/watch/5056.aspx

An Evening with Gabor Szilasi

An Evening with Gabor Szilasi. Moderated and introduced by David Harris.
March 14, 2013 @ 7pm
LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street

In the summer of 2013, the Ryerson Image Centre will show Gabor Szilasi: The Eloquence of the Everyday, a retrospective of one of Canada’s pre-eminent social documentary photographers. Over the course of more than fifty years, Szilasi has created remarkable images of Quebec and Europe — townscapes and cityscapes, views of domestic and commercial architecture, and, pre-eminently, environmental portraits. In a dialogue with Professor David Harris, the curator of the exhibition, Gabor Szilasi will present an overview of his work, illuminating his approach to photography through a selection of images.

Mark Sealy: The Organ that Weeps. Photography and Violence.

Mark Sealy: The Organ that Weeps. Photography and Violence.
January 24, 2013 @ 7pm
LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street

The discovery and announcement of early photographic processes in 1839 represent a defining moment in the history of Western visual culture. This is especially significant when we consider the dominant European ideologies of the mid-nineteenth century and the impact of Enlightenment thought on cultural difference at the time. Sealy argues that the early use of photography across race by those who adhered to ideologies founded on these ideals, helped establish a hierarchical world-view that shrouded ‘otherness’ in violence.  It also created the conditions for photographic practices that normalised the violent and debasing treatment of those who were seen as inferior and outside of Western history.      

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SYMPOSIUM

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The 'Public Life' of Photographs

The 'Public Life' of Photographs
Symposium, May 9-11, 2013

Eaton Lecture Theatre (RCC204)
Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould Street

The lead sponsor of the symposium is Partners in Art. The conference is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (expected), the Institut français and the Consulat Général de France à Toronto as part of Paris-Toronto and is co-presented with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

The Ryerson Image Centre’s symposium entitled “The ‘Public Life’ of Photographs” will analyze the dissemination of photographic images from the nineteenth century to the present. The reproducibility of a photograph largely determines how it is used, shared, and made accessible. Photography can perform a wide range of functions: it can be a vehicle of information, an instrument of ideology, a means of scientific exploration, and an artistic medium. The flexible nature of photography and its use within many different contexts demand a wide scholarly approach. The conference will bring together experts in the history of photography, art history, philosophy, and visual culture, including 15 internationally renowned scholars and curators, from Canada, the United States, France, Germany, England, and New Zealand, for a three-day symposium (May 9 to 11, 2013) at the Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University.

To access a broadcast of the symposium, please click on the corresponding links below.

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013

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BOOK LAUNCH

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Black Star

Black Star
May 8, 2013 @ 7pm

Please join us at the Ryerson Image Centre on for the launch of Black Star. A limited edition, handmade book, produced by Lumiere Press in Toronto, Black Star is edited and designed by publisher, photographer and author, Michael Torosian. An introduction by RIC Collections Curator Peter Higdon honours the longstanding collecting activity practiced by the School of Image Arts, and now by the Ryerson Image Centre, in developing its historically significant holdings of photography.

The central essay written by Michael Torosian addresses the European origins of the New York-based Black Star photo agency and its relationship to the rise of the picture magazine in North America. The remarkable character of the agency’s founders and their role in transplanting the picture magazine to North American culture in 1936 is examined in depth. Their successors, one of whom continues to direct the Black Star photo agency today, are profiled, and photographers, both recognized figures from the history of photography and those lesser known, are discussed and represented in a selection of powerful images from the collection.

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EVENTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE RIC

Spring & Arnaud

Spring & Arnaud

November 1 - 5, 2013
Co-presented by the Ryerson Image Centre and the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema
Hot Docs Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

Cinematically gorgeous and beautifully crafted, Spring & Arnaud is a breathtakingly tender and intelligent love story about acclaimed Canadian artists Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs. Arnaud, turning 85, embarks on a series of self-portraits that wryly depict his life’s work. At 60, Spring is creating haunting works that evoke mortality while harboring the certainty that Arnaud’s time is limited. The couple’s devotion to each other as they face the reality of Arnaud’s illness is matched only by their dedication to their own work. Together and alone, each grapples with the nature of an artist’s creativity where the drive for invention and discovery resists life’s finite reality.

To watch the trailer and find a full schedule of dates and times, including info on special guests and post-screening Q&As, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/17Ehkf7

Tour, Film Screening & Artist Talk

Tour, Film Screening & Artist Talk
Friday, October 18 @ 11:00am - 1:30pm

Join guest curator Steve Loft on a personal guided tour of the Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art., beginning at 11am outside the exhibition entrance.

Following the tour, the expanded full-series of Skawennati's ground-breaking Second Life series Time Traveller will be screened, followed by a talk with the artist herself.

This special event is presented in partnership with the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

 

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto
May 25 & 26, 2013

The Ryerson Image Centre will be open and participating in Doors Open Toronto from 12pm to 5pm. Special tours will be offered to the public at the following times on both days: 

12:30pm – Exhibition tour led by RIC Director, Doina Popescu

2:00pm – Architectural tour led by Diamond Schmitt Associate Architect, Peggy Theodore

3:30pm – Exhibition tour led by RIC Director, Doina Popescu

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