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Winter 2014

Noon Time Collection Talk with Gary Hall

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.

Thursday, January 16
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-41

Kodak Lecture Series: Robert Burley

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

Thursday, January 30
7:30 pm

Kodak Lecture

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, room LIB-72, Toronto

Special Tour of Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream

Join curator David Harris and photographer Phil Bergerson for an exhibition tour of Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream. Bergerson will also be signing copies of his new book, American Artifacts (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2014).

Wednesday, February 12
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Stephen Bulger

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.

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.

Thursday, February 20
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-41

Special Tour of Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

Join curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel and photographer Robert Burley for an exhibition tour of Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness.

Wednesday, February 26
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist Talk with Phil Bergerson

Join photographer Phil Bergerson for a lecture 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.

Friday, February 28
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, room LIB-72, Toronto

Special Tour of Pierre Tremblay - Black Star Subject: Canada

Join guest curator Don Snyder and artist Pierre Tremblay for an exhibition tour of Pierre Tremblay - Black Star Subject: Canada.

Wednesday, March 12
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Robert Burley

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.

Thursday, March 20
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-41

Special Tour of Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness

Join curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel and photographer Robert Burley for an exhibition tour of Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness.

Wednesday, March 26
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Spring/Summer 2014

Special Tour of Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream

Join guest curator David Harris and photographer Phil Bergerson for an exhibition tour of Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream. Bergerson will also be signing copies of his new book, American Artifacts (London: Black Dog Publishing, 2014).

Wednesday, April 9
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Charlene Heath

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.

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.

Thursday, April 17
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-41

Kodak Lecture Series: Stan Douglas

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.

Wednesday, April 30
7:30 pm

Kodak Lecture

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, room LIB-72, Toronto

Ryerson Image Centre Symposium - Collecting and Curating Photographs: Between Private and Public Collections

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

Thursday, May 1 -
Saturday, May 3

Special Event

Rogers Communication Centre
80 Gould Street, room RCC-204, Toronto

Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas

Join guest curator Robert Bean for an exhibition tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Stan Douglas.

Wednesday, May 14
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases

Join curator Gaëlle Morel for an exhibition tour of Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases.

Wednesday, May 28
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist Talk with Zanele Muholi

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.

Tuesday, June 17
8:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility

Join guest curator Sophie Hackett for an exhibition tour of What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility.

Wednesday, June 25
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases

Join curator Gaëlle Morel for an exhibition tour of Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases.

Wednesday, August 13
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Fall 2014

Noon Time Collection Talk with Harry and Ann Malcolmson

Join Harry and Ann Malcolmson 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.

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).

Thursday, September 11
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-41

Louie Palu in Conversation with Dr. Thierry Gervais

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.

Wednesday, October 1
6:30 pm

Ticketed Lecture

Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Kate Addleman-Frankel

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.

Thursday, October 2
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-41

Special Tour of Public Studio: Drone Wedding

Join artist Tamira Sawatzky of Public Studio for an exhibition tour of Public Studio: Drone Wedding.

Wednesday, October 22
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Harun Farocki: Serious Games I-IV

Join RIC Founding Director and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Doina Popescu, for an exhibition tour of Harun Farocki: Serious Games I-IV.

Wednesday, October 22
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

imagineNATIVE Book Launch

Join us to celebrate the launch of imagineNATIVE’s first book. 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.

Friday, October 24
11:00 am

Special Event

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Public Talk with Antje Ehmann and Detlef Gericke-Schönhagen

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

Tuesday, November 11
6:30 pm

Ticketed Lecture

Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Dispatch: War Photographs in Print, 1854-2008

Join curator Dr. Thierry Gervais for an exhibition tour of Dispatch: War Photographs in Print, 1854-2008.

Wednesday, November 26
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Paul Roth

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.

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.

Thursday, November 27
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-41