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Winter 2016

Noon Time Collection Talk with Julie Crooks

Please join Julie Crooks for a talk on the inclusion and representation of West African subjects in the vast holdings of the Black Star Collection of twentieth-century photoreportage, with a particular focus on the documentary photographs of Mayola Amici, the "Jungle Photographer."

Julie received a PhD in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), at the University of London in 2014. Her research focuses on historical photography in Sierra Leone, West Africa and the diaspora. She has taught numerous courses in these fields at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, and York University. Currently, Julie is a Rebanks Postdoctoral Fellow at the Royal Ontario Museum researching the various engagements of black/African audiences with the African Gallery and the photographic history of Blacks in Canada.

Thursday, January 28

12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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

Special Tour of The Light Inside: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Photographs and Films

Join Guest Curator Don Snyder for a tour of The Light Inside: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Photographs and Films.

Wednesday, February 3
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist Talk with Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof

Join artist Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof for a talk on her exhibition, The Relics of Lumen. Weaving together source material from the RIC’s Black Star Collection of photo-reportage and astronomical photographs from the US government agency NASA, this immersive video installation links the displacement of people to celestial passages through space.

Wednesday, February 24
6:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, third floor, room IMA-307

Noon Time Collection Talk with Doina Popescu

Join Doina Popescu, Founding Director of the RIC, for a discussion on the complexities that arise when institutions, artists and researchers begin to unpack an archive in order to produce new work.

Using the RIC’s inaugural exhibition, Archival Dialogues, as a case-study, Doina will illustrate both the artistic and research methodologies employed when working with archival collections. Doina will also be joined by an artist from this exhibition, who will share what it’s like to create new work using an archive, in this case, the RIC’s Black Star Collection. Seating is limited; please arrive early. Everyone attending the talk will be going home with a copy of our publication, Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection.

Thursday, February 25
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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

Learning through the Lens: Representations of Race in the Black Star Collection

Presented by the Ryerson Black Faculty and Staff Community Network, in collaboration with the Office of the President and the Ryerson Image Centre.

This digital projection features over 45 works from the prestigious Black Star Collection of twentieth-century photo-reportage of the struggle for racial equality, mainly during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Featuring dozens of renowned image-makers, including Bob Fitch, W. Eugene Smith and Werner Wolff, this project also highlights the important role photographers played in the visual representation of this period of history. This three-day celebration begins at the RIC on March 22, with a reception from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The presentation travels to the Student Learning Centre (SLC) on March 23 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) on March 24 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Tuesday, March 22
4:00-6:00pm

Wednesday, March 23
9:00-4:00pm

Thursday, March 24
9:00-5:00pm

Exhibition

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of The Light Inside: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Photographs and Films

Join Guest Curator Don Snyder for a tour of The Light Inside: Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Photographs and Films.

Wednesday, March 23
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Tanenbaum Lecture with Susan Meiselas

Join renowned Magnum photos legend Susan Meiselas for a discussion on her recent project combining the role of historian and photographer in recovering a historical record of Kurdistan.

The Tanenbaum Lecture Series and the International Issues Discussion Series present: Susan Meiselas
Photographer/Magnum Photos
Kurdistan In the Shadow of History
Gathering Photographs from the Frontlines

Join renowned Magnum photos legend Susan Meiselas for a discussion on her recent project combining the role of historian and photographer in recovering a historical record of Kurdistan. When we go out into the world, the “field” – it’s much like being in an archive; you don’t know what you will find, how long you will be drawn to stay or how often you’ll return. My journey to Kurdistan began in 1991 when history pulled me to cross the Iran-Iraq border, the same road on which the Kurds had just fled. The process of my discovery and engagement with the Kurdish people had a number of defining stages, as both ideas and frameworks evolved. First documenting the Anfal campaign, then gathering archival material, creating a book and exhibition, and finally developing akaKurdistan.com as a virtual place for collective memory and exchange.

Digging became my metaphor, documenting the present to reveal the past. Skeletons lack the muscle and membrane, much like photographs, without the stories that surround them. It was when people appeared holding pictures of loved ones that had disappeared, that the concept to gather a visual history of the Kurds was conceived. – Susan Meiselas

Wednesday, March 30
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre
245 Church Street, room ENG-103, Toronto

Spring/Summer 2016

Noon Time Collection Talk with Noa Bronstein

Join Noa Bronstein, Executive Director of Gallery 44, for a Noon Time Collection Talk about the representation of medicine, health and the body through examples from our photographic collection. Noa will highlight imagery that has been pervasive in the last half century including photographs of anatomy, medical innovations, as well as depictions of the social and political effects of disease.

Thursday, April 7
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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

Artist Talk with Annie MacDonell

Join multidisciplinary artist Annie MacDonell for a talk on her exhibition Holding Still // Holding Together

The exhibition originates in images of passive political resistance gathered from the RIC’s Black Star Collection and other sources. At times deceptively peaceful, the photographs express an imbalance and struggle between the police officers and the limp bodies of protestors being forced to move.

Wednesday, May 18
6:30 pm

Ticketed Lecture

School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, room IMA-307, Toronto

Artist Talk with Angela Grauerholz

Join us for a lecture with Angela Grauerholz, winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award. 

Scotiabank Photography Award: Angela Grauerholz presents more than seventy works, spanning the 1980s to the present, of this celebrated artist, whose photographs have consistently explored the persistence yet unreliability of cultural memory through representation of archives, libraries and museums.

Wednesday, June 22
6:30 pm

Ticketed Lecture

School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, room IMA-307, Toronto

Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Angela Grauerholz

Join Exhibitions Curator Gaëlle Morel for a tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Angela Grauerholz.

Wednesday, July 6
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Angela Grauerholz

Join RIC Director Paul Roth for a tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Angela Grauerholz.

Wednesday, August 10
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Fall 2016

Noon Time Collection Talk with Rafael Goldchain

Join artist Rafael Goldchain for a discussion on the evolution and process of his project, I Am My Family.

I Am My Family: Photographic Memories and Fictions is a family album of traditional portrait photographs with an unconventional twist: the only subject being Goldchain himself. In an elaborate process involving genealogical research, the use of makeup, hair styling, costumes, and props, Goldchain transforms himself into his ancestors and captures their personifications on camera. These constructed self-portraits trace the evolution of Jewish culture from tradition to modernity and invite viewers to engage in the narrative of both family history and memory.

Thursday, September 22
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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

Special Tour of The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video

Join RIC Exhibitions Curator, Gaëlle Morel, on a tour of The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video.

Wednesday, September 28
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Film Screening: Fractured Land

Co-presented with the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

What would it be like to live alongside one of the shapers of human events, in their youth, before they transformed history? In Fractured Land, we follow Caleb Behn, a young Dene lawyer who may become one of this generation’s great leaders, if he can discover how to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community and the world around him, blending modern tools of the law with ancient wisdom. As 350.org founder, Bill McKibben, puts it, "Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with."

Thursday, October 6
7:00 pm

Screening

School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, room IMA-307, Toronto

Tanenbaum Lecture with Isabella Hayeur

Join us for a Tanenbaum lecture with Isabelle Hayeur, whose work is featured alongside more than 20 artists as part of The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video. Hayeur is best known for her photographs and experimental videos, situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and social conditions.

The event is free. Arrive early to grab a seat. The Tanenbaum Lecture series is presented by the RIC in partnership with the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

Can't make it to the lecture? Stream it at https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/1/live/1459.aspx

Thursday, October 20
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, room IMA-307, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Anne Cibola

Join photography historian Anne Cibola as she explores this acquisition and the role of the grid as a function in Arnaud Maggs’ practice.

André Kertész, 144 Views (1980) is an important example of Arnaud Maggs' early black and white sequential portraiture of artists and other cultural figures, and puts viewers face-to-face with a seminal figure of the 20th century. We recently acquired three sets of contact prints (one with working notes) of this seminal work.

Thursday, October 27
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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

Special Tour of The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video

Join Guest Curator, Dr. Bénédicte Ramade, on a tour of The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video.

Wednesday, November 16
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Mona Filip

Thursday, November 24
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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