Wed, Sept 25, 7 pm — Curators in Conversation: Sandrine Colard and Julie Crooks. 

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A group of people looking at art at the opening of the summer season of exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre in 2019
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Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey (opening party), Ryerson Image Centre, 2019 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

People in an art gallery interacting with a touch screen
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Collaboration. A Potential History of Photography (opening night), Ryerson Image Centre, 2018 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

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Curators in Conversation: Sandrine Colard with Julie Crooks

Join Sandrine Colard, guest curator of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture, and Julie Crooks, Associate Curator at the AGO, for a conversation about the making of the RIC exhibition, which celebrates the viewpoints of women in African photography from the nineteenth-century to today.

Please arrive early, as seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sandrine Colard is an art historian, writer and curator based in New York, United States, and Brussels, Belgium. A specialist of modern and contemporary African arts (PhD Columbia University), Colard is a professor at Rutgers University-Newark, United States, and has been appointed Artistic Director of the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale 2019, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Colard is working on her book about the history of photography in the DRC (awarded 2019–2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship).

Julie Crooks is Associate Curator, Photography at the AGO. Crooks received her PhD in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, England, where her research focused on historical photography in Sierra Leone, West Africa and the diaspora. She has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in Toronto, including Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires at the AGO (2018–2019).

Wednesday, September 25
7 pm

Panel Discussion

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Lodestar: Phil Solomon, in Memoriam

Co-presented by Ad Hoc (Experimental Film Collective) and the Ryerson Image Centre

An elegy and celebration of the life and work of extraordinary experimental filmmaker and masterful optical printer Philip Stewart Solomon (1954-2019), this free program brings together films that were made as gifts by and for Solomon over the last twenty years, and films that he especially treasured.

Featuring a rare screening of the exquisite Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes (1999), a film Solomon made for his wife on the occasion of their marriage, the evening also includes films by Solomon’s friend and colleague David Gatten, former student Joshua Minor, and mentor and collaborator Stan Brakhage. A twilight psalm for the man whose films so elegantly expressed that what’s out tonight is lost. 

Narrow Rivers, Open Seas, & Seventeen Sunsets (Silences for a Merchant Mariner) (David Gatten, 2016, 8 minutes, colour, silent)

Once in a Lullaby (Joshua Minor, 2008, 5 minutes, colour, sound)

Film for Invisible Ink, Case No. 142:  Abbreviation for Dead Winter [Diminished by 1,794] (David Gatten, 2008, 13 minutes, black & white, sound)

Yes I Said Yes I will Yes (Phil Solomon, 1999, 3 minutes, colour, sound)

Stellar (Stan Brakhage, 1993, 2.5 minutes, colour, silent)

Programmed and presented by Melinda Barlow, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts, University of Colorado.

Sunday, October 6
7 pm

Screening

Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave., Toronto

Special Tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture

Join Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator, and Marieme Lo, Associate Professor in Women and Gender Studies & Director of the African Studies Program at the University of Toronto, for a special behind-the-scenes tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture.

Wednesday, October 9
6 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Philippe Depairon

Bombs, Beaches, Bunkers: Looking at Life in a Nuclear Mode, 1945–1990 

Looking at photographs from the Black Star Collection of photojournalism, this talk by Philippe Depairon, recipient of the RIC’s 2018 Howard Tanenbaum Research Fellowship, will examine the evolution of nuclear iconography between 1945 and 1990. Beginning with the nuclear tests undertaken at the Bikini Atolls and on Indigenous soil in Nevada, we will see how pictures of the iconic and infamous nuclear mushroom reached their apogee in the 1960s before atomic bomb testing became illegal, therefore rendering nuclear energy invisible. The talk will likewise discuss the attempts of various photographers to make the atomic complex and its potential consequences visible again.

Thursday, October 24
12 pm

Collection Talk

Opening Party for Grayson James: After Alexandria

Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of Grayson James: After Alexandria in our Student Gallery.

Wednesday, October 30
6–8 pm

Opening Party

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture

Join Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator, and Michèle Pearson Clarke, Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto, for a special behind-the-scenes tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture.

Wednesday, November 13
6 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

After Alexandria: Exhibition Tour and Drop-in Workshop

Join Grayson James for a tour of After Alexandria, starting at 12:15 pm. He will present a brief (15 minute) talk on the project, outlining the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that brought him to the work. Afterwards, viewers are invited to join him as he works on the participatory aspect of this project, reading, intervening in, and documenting the texts in the space.

Saturday, November 16
12–3 pm

Exhibition Tour and Workshop

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Ingrid Mida

Boys in Dresses and Other Fashions of the Victorian Age

Join Dr. Ingrid Mida, author of The Dress Detective, for a talk about Victorian fashions as seen in selected images from the RIC collection. Not long after photography’s invention, the medium allowed families and individuals to stop time, preserving the reflected light of their image for generations to come, and these photographs are embedded with clues related to codes of dress and behaviour that mark them as mirrors of their age. This talk will examine the nuances of late nineteenth-century fashions and give special emphasis to photographs of boys wearing dresses, a little-known facet of Victorian dress codes for children.

Thursday, November 21
12 pm

Collection Talk

Tanenbaum Lecture with Syrus Marcus Ware

Join Toronto-based artist Syrus Marcus Ware for a talk about his work, presented in conjunction with Ancestors, Can You Read Us? (Dispatches From The Future). A core team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto, Ware was the 2012 recipient of the Steinert and Ferreiro Award for LGBTQ+ community leadership and activism, the largest award of its kind in Canada.

Please arrive early, as seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday, November 27
7 pm

Lecture

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

After Alexandria: Exhibition Tour and Drop-in Workshop

Join Grayson James for a tour of After Alexandria, starting at 12:15 pm. He will present a brief (15 minute) talk on the project, outlining the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that brought him to the work. Afterwards, viewers are invited to join him as he works on the participatory aspect of this project, reading, intervening in, and documenting the texts in the space.

Saturday, November 30
12–3 pm

Exhibition Tour and Workshop

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture

Join Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator, and Kenneth Montague, Founding Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects and The Wedge Collection, for a special behind-the-scenes tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture.

Wednesday, December 4
6 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist Talk with Grayson James 

Why I'm a Socialist 

Join Grayson James for an artist talk, where he will discuss how he came to socialist politics, why he thinks they are the correct response to the crises we are experiencing in the world, and how they relate to After Alexandria

Saturday, December 7
1–1:30 pm

Artist Talk

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto