Doina Popescu is the inaugural Director of the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC). She oversees its academic, administrative, exhibition and outreach functions, and is responsible for maintaining its national and international profile. She is engaged in developing and executing a vision for the new Centre that addresses its three major interrelated areas of activity: exhibitions, research and collections. Each of these areas is being developed to interact with the multidisciplinary academic communities across campus, to dialogue with the arts in Toronto and across the country, as well as to engage in international partnerships. After bringing Edward Burtynsky: OIL and Berenice Abbott: Photographs to Toronto, she has co-curated the RIC’s launch exhibition entitled Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection.
Popescu was previously the Deputy Director of the Goethe-Institut Toronto, where she managed the Gallery and Kinowelt Hall, organising international photography, video and new media-based exhibitions and film events. For more than 25 years she has been deeply involved with both Canadian and international artists and scholars in the visual arts, film, literature, music, cultural theory, history and philosophy. She is a co-founder of the European Union Film Festival and the International Experimental Film/Media Congress. She has served on multiple juries, has spearheaded numerous publications and has guest curated arts programs for galleries and international festivals in Canada and abroad
Peggy Gale is an independent curator and writer whose texts on contemporary art, especially video art, have become artistic benchmarks. Born in Guyana in 1944, Gale studied at the University of Toronto and the Universita degli Studi in Florence. She has published extensively, with essays in Video By Artists (1976, 1986), Mirror Machine: Video and Identity (1995) and Lectures obliques (1999), and texts in many museum catalogues. She was editor, among others, of Museums by Artists (with AA Bronson, 1983) and Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists? Video (with Lisa Steele, 1996). Videotexts, a selection of her essays, was published in 1995. She has organized many exhibitions including: Videoscape (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1974-1975); XIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1977); Electronic Landscapes (National Gallery of Canada, 1989); the Biennale of the Moving Image (Madrid, 1990) and Tout le temps / Every Time (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000). Peggy Gale lives in Toronto.
Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection
Editor: Peggy Gale
This catalogue is a complementary piece to the exhibition Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection. It includes eight individual artist projects that share with us the respective artist's process of "reading" the Black Star Collection. Each of these sections begins with the reproduction of a Black Star image which played a key role in the individual artist's research. Just as each installation in the exhibition, each artist project in this book allows the viewer to experience the artist's dialogical relationship to the Black Star photographs, thus bringing these important historical objects into new focus within the multiple contexts of contemporary discourse.
This exhibition is made possible with generous funding from Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Goethe-Institut, the Paul J. Ruhnke Memorial Fund, and The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Charitable Foundation Fund.