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Winter 2017

Guest Lecture with Professor Heather Ann Thompson

Join Professor Heather Ann Thompson for lecture titled Attica! The Prison Rebellion Watched Around the World and its Legacy.

Co-presented with the Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies, University of Toronto.

Wednesday, February 1
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

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

Katherine Minich in Conversation with Alex Robichaud

Join Katherine Minich in conversation with Alex Robichaud as part of The Darkroom Project: Taloyoak, 1972–1973.

Wednesday, February 8
6:30 pm

Lecture

Ryerson Image Centre (Student Gallery)
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Emily McKibbon

Join Emily McKibbon, Associate Curator and Collections Manager at the McLaren Art Centre, as she discusses the different aspects of Notman's portraiture as well as the multiple points of entry into this unusual group of family photographs.

William Notman's photographs of the Montreal based Frothingham family are among his most experimental studio portraits. These compositions often featured many props and various poses that defied traditional studio formats prevalent in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Thursday, February 26
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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

Artist Talk with Adam Pendleton

Join Adam Pendleton for a talk on his exhibition My Education, A Portrait of David Hilliard, which takes viewers to the site of a fatal 1968 gun battle between Black Panther Party activists and the police of Oakland, California.

Co-hosted by: TIFF

Wednesday, March 15
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

Noon Time Collection Talk with Thierry Gervais

Join Thierry Gervais, Associate Professor and RIC Head of Research, for an interactive discussion on his long-term research project, which examines how the practice of retouching was an integral part of publishing news images in the analogue era.

The development of software like Photoshop during the 1990s, along with the recent digital revolution have raised questions among viewers and readers regarding the integrity of the photographer and the credibility of photojournalism. However, news photographs, before reaching publication, have always been retouched or altered by the human hand. As Gervais proposes, a new approach to photojournalism must addresses photographic credibility as a multifaceted creation, not as a mechanical recording of reality.

Thursday, March 16
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

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

Tanenbaum Lecture with Dawoud Bey

Join us for a lecture with artist Dawoud Bey, best known for his innovative portraiture practice. On view at the Ryerson Image Centre until April 9, 2017, Birmingham, Alabama, 1963 features Bey’s portraits commemorating the victims of the 1963 bombing of the city’s 16th Street Baptist Church, alongside photojournalistic prints from the RIC’s Black Star Collection.

The Tanenbaum Lecture Series is presented by the Ryerson Image Centre in partnership with the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

Wednesday, March 22
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

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

Spring/Summer 2017

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Launch Party

Join us for the official launch party of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and our season of exhibitions and installations.

Including:
Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake
Max Dean: As Yet Untitled (1992-1995)
Souvenir: Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby, Michelle Latimer
Spotlight Canada: Faces That Shaped a Nation
Alexa Phillips: Cyborg Clones
Shelley Niro: Battlefields of my Ancestors
Lori Blondeau: Asiniy Iskwew
Maximum Exposure 22

Friday, April 28
7:00-11:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist Talk with Suzy Lake

Join artist Suzy Lake for a talk on her work, in conjunction with the exhibition Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake, on view until August 13, 2017 at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Missed the lecture? Watch it here: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/Watch/11447.aspx

Wednesday, May 24
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, room LIB-72

Artist Talk with Max Dean

Join artist Max Dean for a talk on his work, in conjunction with the exhibition Max Dean: As Yet Untitled, on view until August 13, 2017 at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Following the event, the RIC will remain open until 9:00 pm to allow for viewing after the lecture.

Wednesday, June 21
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

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

Fall 2017

Fall Exhibitions Opening Party

Wednesday, September 13
6:00–8:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Paul Swanson: Air of Uncertainty

The exhibition provides a photographic glimpse of the landscape and people of rural western Ukraine.  

September 13–October 15

Exhibition

Ryerson Image Centre (Student Gallery)
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Denise Birkhofer

Join Denise Birkhofer, the RIC's Collections Curator and the co-curator of The Faraway Nearby, as she discusses photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive that did not quite make it into the exhibition.

The talk with offer a behind-the-scenes look at the curatorial process and a chance to view images of Canadian people, places and events from our newest major acquisition, The Rudolph P. Bratty Gamily Collection.

Thursday, September 21
12:00–1:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-241

Special Tour of The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archives

Join curators Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer on a guided tour of the exhibition 

Wednesday, September 27
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Nuit Blanche Toronto at the RIC

To celebrate the RIC’s fifth anniversary, we’ll be participating in Nuit Blanche Toronto this September–5 years to the day since opening its doors in Fall 2012.

For one-night only, the RIC teams up with the Magenta Foundation to present past and current winners of the Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Competition as they present a slideshow of their work in rapid fire rotation, in conjunction with the launch of the 2017 Flash Forward publication. Alongside this event, the RIC also presents four new exhibitions, including The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive.

Flash Forward/Flash Back artists include: Ali Bosworth, Nathaniel Brunt, Laurence Butet-Roch, Kitra Cahana, Saman Deilamani, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Chloe Ellingson, Maya Fuhr, Kiana Hayeri, Marta Iwanek, Nick Kozak, Lodoe Laura, Peter Andrew Lusztyk, Jen Osborne, Katie Sadie, Talia Shipman, Michelle Siu, Justin Somjen, Jessica Thalman, Ryan Van Der Hout, Ryan Walker, Ian Willms, Arden Wray, Eliot Wright and Kyler Zeleny. Learn More

Saturday, September 30
Sunset – Sunrise (with special program 7–11 pm)

Special Event

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Justine Kohleal

Pierre Elliott Trudeau: Regime of Representation
In the decade leading up to Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s 1968 election campaign, innovations in the field of communications technology altered the ways in which print publications disseminated information to the public, particularly in terms of photographic presentation.

In this talk, Justine Kohleal, curatorial assistant to The Faraway Nearby exhibition, will explore how documentary-style photographs of Trudeau from the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection reflected the changing media landscape, shifting the pictorial language associated with the Canadian government towards the everyday and familiar. Images of the prime minister riding motorcycles, line dancing in cowboy boots, and wooing beautiful women tapped into the vernacular of celebrity culture to privilege whiteness, conventional gender roles, and the middle-class, producing an updated, but no less fervent, brand of nationalism.

Thursday, October 5
12:00–1:00 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-241

Tanenbaum Lecture with Dana Claxton

Contributing to Consciousness Through a Lens Based Praxis
Join artist Dana Claxton for a talk as part of the Ryerson Image Centre’s Tanenbaum Lecture Series. This talk will unpack Claxton’s artistic practice/praxis and locate her work within ideas of consciousness.  

Dana Claxton is an award-winning artist working in film, video, performance and photography. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia. Investigating indigenous beauty, spirit and the socio/cultural political, Claxton’s work has been shown and collected internationally. Her family reserve is Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations.

Tuesday, October 17
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture
Reserve your free seat

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

Opening Reception for Camille Rojas: System of a Gesture

Join us to celebrate the opening of Camille Rojas: System of a Gesture in our student gallery.

Wednesday, October 25
6:00-8:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre (Student Gallery)
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist Talk with Spring Hurlbut

Join acclaimed Canadian artist Spring Hurlbut for a talk on her video installation, Airborne. Captured in slow motion, Hurlbut opens the urns of six individuals, including her own beloved father James. The piece explores loss, the process of mourning, the essence of being, and the relationship between the animate and inanimate.

Wednesday, March 2
6:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture

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

Special Tour of The Notman Studio: 1858-1915

Join guest curator Emily McKibbon on a special tour of The Notman Studio: 1858–1915.

Wednesday, November 1
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Curators in Conversation: Gerald McMaster and Jesse Wente

Join distinguished guest curators Gerald McMaster and Jesse Wente for an enlightening discussion of their respective exhibitions on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, their experience and background in the visual arts, and their curatorial motivations.

McMaster is co-curator (with Denise Birkhofer) of The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive.  He is Plains Cree and lives and works in Toronto. He is also an artist, author, and Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, Toronto.

Wente is the curator of Zacharias Kunuk: Dog Team, on view on the RIC’s Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall. Wente is Ojibwe and lives and works in Toronto. A broadcaster, public speaker and curator, he has appeared on CBC Radio's Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years, and is formerly Director of Film Programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Wednesday, November 15
7:00pm

Ticketed Lecture
Reserve your free seat here

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