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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

PAST 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, November 26 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Dispatch: War Photographs in Print, 1854 – 2008 with curator Dr. Thierry Gervais 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Public Studio: Drone Wedding with artist Tamira Sawatzky of Public Studio. RIC Founding Director and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Doina Popescu, will also lead an exhibition tour of Harun Farocki: Serious Games I-IV.

August 13, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility with guest curator Sophie HackettWednesday,

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility with guest curator Sophie Hackett

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas with guest curator Robert Bean

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream with guest curator David Harris and photographer Phil Bergerson. Bergerson will also be signing copies of his new book, American Artifacts (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2014)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Pierre Tremblay – Black Star Subject: Canada with guest curator Don Snyder and artist Pierre Tremblay

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel and photographer Robert Burley

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel and photographer Robert Burley

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour of Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream with guest curator David Harris and photographer Phil Bergerson. Bergerson will also be signing copies of his new book, American Artifacts (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2014)

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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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Edward Burtynsky, Shipbreaking #49, Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2001, chromogenic colour print, IA.2002.0076. The Photographs Collection, Ryerson Image Centre © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy of the Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto.

Paul Roth
Mapping the Unknown: The Visionary Landscapes of Edward Burtynsky

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12pm
RIC Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Second Floor, RIC-241

Born in St. Catherines, Ontario in 1955, Edward Burtynsky is one of the world’s best known and most respected photographers. His images of little known industrial and manufacturing sites, landscapes altered by habitation, and waste products from consumption reveal the world we live in as a post-industrial sublime, at once beautiful and terrifying, in vivid colors and at startling scale. Join Ryerson Image Centre Director Paul Roth, curator of the exhibition Edward Burtynsky: Oil, as he discusses Burtynsky’s debt to his education at Ryerson, his works in the RIC collection, and his place in art and photography history. 

Dominic Nahr, The Daily Gathering, 2007, inkjet print. IA.2008.0125. The Photographs Collection, Ryerson Image Centre.

Kate Addleman-Frankel
Aesthetics and Storytelling in the History of War Photography
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 12pm
RIC Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Second Floor, RIC-241

Join Kate Addleman-Frankel for a discussion about the relationship between the history of the photography and the representation of war. Kate will use various objects from the Ryerson Image Centre's collection to illustrate the ways photographers have responded to the problem of documenting and relaying mass conflicts. Kate is a doctoral student in the University of Toronto's Department of Art and a graduate of Ryerson University's Image Arts Master's program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. She is also assistant curator of DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854 – 2008, currently on view at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Antoinio Beato, Luxor/Les Deux Statue de Ramses [Ramses II, Temple of Thebes] ca. 1860, albumen print. Collection of Ryerson Image Centre. Gift of Harry and Ann Malcolmson, 2005.

The Well Travelled Road of Photography
Harry and Ann Malcolmson
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12pm
RIC Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Second Floor, RIC-241

Toronto collectors Harry and Ann Malcolmson, have been collecting photographic works since the mid 1980s.  Their collecting practices are driven by their travels and a desire to develop a collection representing the history of photography. Their holdings include nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century works by various artists including, among others, Eugène Atget, Tina Modotti, László Moholy-Nagy, Max Dean, Robert Frank and Man Ray, many of which make up their recent donation and corresponding exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and past exhibitions at the University of Toronto Art Centre (2012) and the Presentation House Gallery (2009). Join Harry and Ann as they explore the striking parallels between the themes and content of their 2005 donation to the Ryerson Image Centre, and the totality of their own personal collection.

Charlene Heath: The Memorial Archive of Jo Spence

Charlene Heath: The Memorial Archive of Jo Spence
April 17, 2014 @ 12pm  

Jo Spence was a London-based feminist, activist artist whose career in photography began in the mid 1960s. Working first for already established commercial photographers, Spence eventually opened her own studio specializing in weddings, portraiture, and actors’ portfolios. She is best known, however, for her radical, collaborative documentary work begun in the mid-1970s, forcing her to abandon her commercial work to take up explorations of issues surrounding health, class, self-image, and the family album. The Ryerson Image Centre is home to the Jo Spence Memorial Archive comprised of photographs and textual ephemera that function as the contextual scaffolding of Spence’s practice.

Robert Burley: The Arc of a Career

Robert Burley: The Arc of a Career
March 20, 2014 @ 12pm  

Robert Burley began his study of photography at Ryerson in 1975, and went on to graduate school at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1984. A prolific artist, his many projects include the CCA commissioned exhibition and book Viewing Olmsted: Photographs by Robert Burley, Lee Friedlander and Geoffrey James, 1996; Great Lakes, 2006, an elegant study of the shorelines of Lake Ontario, Superior and Huron, and most recently, The Disappearance of Darkness, 2012, his timely study of the end of analogue photography and the demolition of the massively scaled manufacturing infrastructure that sustained it for more than a century. The Ryerson Image Centre’s holdings include early foundational work by Robert Burley. Commencing with these, he’ll move through later projects to the present.

Stephen Bulger: The Work of Volker Seding

Stephen Bulger: The Work of Volker Seding
February 20, 2014 @ 12pm

Volker Seding (Berlin, 1943 – Toronto, 2007), studied drawing, painting, photography and cinematography in Hannover, Germany before immigrating to Canada in 1966. While working as a cinematographer after arrival, he developed the roots of an artistic direction in photography and in 1976 began working solely as an artist. The Ryerson Image Centre’s holdings contain a number of works from two of Volker Seding’s key projects; Captive, the moving series of animal portraits made in zoo environments, and the Facades Project, his rigorous three-story studies of buildings in New York, Paris, Venice, Havana and Toronto. Volker Seding was one of the first artists to be represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery, which continues to represent his work in Toronto.

Gary Hall: The Gallery TPW Collection

Gary Hall: The Gallery TPW Collection
January 16, 2014 @ 12pm

The Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to announce the 2013 acquisition of the Gallery TPW Collection. The Collection was begun in 1978 through the generosity of a donor and developed over a period of twenty-one years through the further generosities of exhibiting artists. As an artist-run centre, Gallery TPW has supported the development of professional artists and growing audiences since 1977, and is a well established cultural institution in Toronto. Gary Hall, Executive Director, has been a core figure in the gallery’s evolution since its earliest days, and been a source of steadfast continuity through more than three decades of exhibitions and events. Gary will speak about the artists whose work makes up the donation, about Gallery TPW’s enduring role in supporting contemporary art and its plans to establish a permanent facility.

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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Kodak Lecture Series: Stan Douglas

Kodak Lecture Series: Stan Douglas
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street

Acclaimed Vancouver artist Stan Douglas will discuss his most recent work. Douglas is the winner of the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA), Canada’s largest annual peer reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography. The lecture is presented by the Ryerson Image Centre and the School of Image Arts. Admission is FREE. No registration required. Please arrive early to ensure seating.

The lecture will be available for streaming at the following link: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48.aspx

The RIC is also pleased to offer a pre-lecture exhibition preview of Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas from 3pm to 7pm. The exhibition opens officially on May 1 and runs until June 1, 2014.


Kodak Lecture Series: Robert Burley

Kodak Lecture Series: Robert Burley
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street

Robert Burley, who has been working as an artist using photography for over three decades, will discuss his work, as well as the subject of his recent book (Robert Burley et al., The Disappearance of Darkness: Photography at the End of the Analog Era, New York–Toronto: Princeton Architectural Press–Ryerson Image Centre, 2013.) and exhibition: The Disappearance of Darkness.

To view the lecture, please follow this link: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/Page/Home.aspx

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LECTURES
All lectures are FREE. No registration required.
 

Labour in a Single Shot (2013–14), a project by Ehmann and the late Harun Farocki

Public Talk
Antje Ehmann and Detlef Gericke-Schönhagen
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 6:30pm
Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre

Join Antje Ehmann and Detlef Gericke-Schönhagen for a talk on the making of Labour in a Single Shot (2013–14), a project by Ehmann and the late Harun Farocki. Labour in a Single Shot deals with ‘labour’: paid and unpaid, material and immaterial, rich in tradition or altogether new, within a particular cultural context. Through a series of workshops in 15 cities around the world, the project sought to produce videos of 1 to 2 minutes in length, framed only in a single shot. This event is made possible with support from the Goethe-Institut, Toronto. To stream the lecture, follow this link: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/Watch/8269.aspx

Louie Palu in conversation with Dr. Thierry Gervais

Louie Palu in conversation with Dr. Thierry Gervais
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre

Join curator Thierry Gervais in conversation with award-winning documentary photographer Louie Palu, whose work appears in DISPATCH: War Photographs in Print, 1854 – 2008. Palu's work has been featured in the BBC, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Globe and Mail, The Economist, and Wall Street Journal, to name a few. He is currently at work editing a book and a feature documentary film from his multi-year study of the war in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

The event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early to ensure seating. Click here to stream the lecture.

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RIC Lecture: Zanele Muholi

RIC Lecture: Zanele Muholi
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 @ 8pm
Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre

Artist Zanele Muholi will speak about her exhibition Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, May 1 – June 1 and June 18 – August 24, 2014. As a visual activist for the rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people in South Africa and beyond, Muholi endeavours to radically change the conventional perception of lesbian and transgender communities, who suffer from an epidemic of continuous attacks: “corrective” and “curative” rapes, physical and psychological assaults, and hate crimes.

Prior to the lecture, the gallery will be open beginning at 4pm that day for a preview of all summer exhibitions.

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SYMPOSIUM
 

Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Private and Public Collections

Collecting and Curating Photographs: 
Between Private and Public Collections


May 1 – 3, 2014

Eaton Lecture Theatre, RCC-204
Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould Street


Collectors, curators, and scholars will discuss how the photograph has become a collectible item and subject of academic study since the nineteenth century.

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EVENTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE RIC
 

Coded Territories

Book Launch
Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 11am

imagineNATIVE’s first book hits the shelves! Created in partnership with the Ryerson Image Centre, Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art is an anthology of essays written by leading Canadian Indigenous new media artists, edited by Steven Loft and Kerry Swanson, and published by the University of Calgary Press. Light refreshments will be served.

Featuring essays by Jackson 2Bears, Stephen Foster, Candice Hopkins, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Jason Lewis, Steven Loft, & Archer Pechawis.

  

American Artifacts

Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts
Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 7pm

LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street

Ryerson University's School of Image Arts is pleased to present a lecture by Phil Bergerson on his latest book American Artifacts. American Artifacts is published by Black Dog Publishing and produced in association with the Ryerson Image Centre. Bergerson will be signing books at 7pm, followed by a lecture at 7:30pm. The lecture is FREE and open to the public. Please arrive early for guaranteed seating.

The related exhibition, Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream, is on view at the Ryerson Image Centre until April 13, 2014.

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