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Winter 2018

Winter Exhibitions Opening Party

Join us to celebrate a new season of exhibitions. Light refreshments and cash bar provided.

Wednesday, January 24
6:00–8:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Collabrorate With Us

Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography is accompanied by an active and extensive program of special events curated by Ilana Shamoon with Christine McLean, and in partnership with organizations across Toronto. View the entire list.

Panels, workshops, lectures and more
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Special Tour of Soon we were en route again...The Margaret Corry Albums (1947–1963)

Join co-instructors Gaëlle Morel and Sophie Hackett on a guided tour of the exhibition 

Wednesday, February 7
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Parker Kay

Join Parker Kay (New Media '15), winner of the Ryerson Image Centre's first open call for Noon Time Collection Talk proposals from Ryerson students and recent alumni. This talk will examine works by contemporary Canadian photographers such as Phil Bergerson, Robert Burley, Rob Gooblar, Jessica McDonald, and Elizabeth Siegfried to unpack the power of "the archive" and how it can shift the ontology of the photographs within it. 

Parker aims to explore the past and present criteria for how and why these works—outliers amongst the RIC's best-known collections, including the Black Star Collection and individual artist archives—have been acquired.

Thursday, February 15
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Tanenbaum Lecture with Jim Goldberg

Join celebrated photographer Jim Goldberg for a wide-ranging talk about his work, in conjunction with his seminal series Rich and Poor now on view at the Ryerson Image Centre, as part of Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography.

From 1977 to 1985, Goldberg worked with both impoverished and affluent residents of California’s San Francisco Bay area to realize the series Rich and Poor. His powerful portraits, inscribed with revealing self-observations by the people he photographed, captured the rising social and economic divide in the United States, one that has only intensified today.

Wednesday, February 28
7:00 pm

Ticketed Lecture
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Opening Party for Petrija Dos Santos: A Labour of Love

Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of Petrija Dos Santos: A Labour of Love in our student gallery

Wednesday, March 7
6:00–8:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

In Conversation with Dayna Danger

In partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, artist Dayna Danger will discuss her practice with 6 of her ongoing collaborators featured in the series Masks

Indigenous peoples’ sexualities are frequently equated to histories of sexual violence, commodified and institutionalized by settlers seeking to dominate, discipline, and control Indigenous bodies. 

Danger’s use of the leather BDSM mask references the kink community as a space to explore complicated dynamics of sexuality, gender, and power in a consensual and feminist manner. Danger engages with her own medicine, beading, in order to mark kink as a space for healing colonial trauma. There is no shame in this action. Here the models’ gender expressions and sensual lives are integral to their resurgent identities as Indigenous peoples.
— Quoted from Lindsay Nixon, “Visual Cultures of Indigenous Futurism” in GUTS Magazine, Issue 6, 2016.

Sunday, March 11
3:00 – 4:30 pm

Collaboration special event
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Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist talk with Alia Youssef

In partnership with Gallery 44, Youssef will present her talk "Can I have a say in this narrative"

In her presentation Alia Youssef will discuss the representation of Muslim women from pre-9/11 to present in western media. Specifically, the role of Muslim women in that narrative, and the steps Muslim women are now taking to change that image through artistic collaboration. 

She will focus on her involvement in the 2017 Muslim Girl x Getty photography campaign and her personal photographic, video, and text series titled The Sisters Project. The series counters negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing the inspiring stories of women across Canada.

Wednesday, March 14
6:00 pm

Collaboration special event
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Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Photography: The Black Box of History

A symposium presented by the Ryerson Image Centre in partnership with the University of Delaware
Keynote speaker: Prof. Elizabeth Edwards

The academic study of photography remains, some eighty years into its development, a nascent and unsettled scholarly enterprise.

This symposium will investigate how photography is conceptualized as a problem in history today, and how recent technological and epistemological transformations have engendered new approaches. Photography: The Black Box of History will bring together researchers whose methods and subjects exemplify new ways of thinking about photography that revisit history and encourage alternatives.

Free admission. No RSVP or registration required. Learn more and view the schedule.

Friday, March 16–Saturday March 17

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

RUDE Collective Panel Discussion moderated by Hana Jama

Photography As Collaboration

Hana Jama of The Rude Collective will be joined by panelists photographer Riya Jama, Staff writer/critic at Canadian Art Merray Gerges, and Director of Programming at Whippersnapper Gallery Joshua Vettivelu to discuss images, the internet, ownership, photography as inherently collaborative, whether it is intentional or unintentional, and the Western history of photography. 

Topics will include how marginalized photographers, image creators, and collaborators can navigate the art and internet world as well as exploring who really owns and can benefit from an image. What does it mean to ask for representation without control over images? Should data be thought of as currency? Should subjects ask to co-own the rights to a photographers image? Should photography always be thought of as collaborative?

Wednesday, March 21
6:00 pm

Collaboration special event
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Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Sara Knelman

Icons and Activists: Images of Motherhood

What does motherhood look like? Long upheld as symbols of love and protection, how have images of mothers shaped social, political and cultural expectations of this responsibility?

This talk by Sara Knelman will consider photographs in the RIC collection from the nineteenth century to the 1970s, including Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother and work by the British activist and feminist Jo Spence.

Thursday, March 22
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Spring/Summer 2018

BAND Panel Discussion Part II at the RIC

A Great Day for Blacktography

While looking through the Collaboration archive we will reflect on photography by and for Black people. We will dissect the white gaze as it pertains to the telling of Black history and Black stories through photography. 

Featuring the voices of Al Peabody, Jim Russell + Jules Elder, they will speak to the inherent collaborative engagement conducted by Black communities when creating imagery. Expect engaging live critique and bouts of collaboration during this interactive meeting of minds.

Wednesday, April 4
6:00 – 7:30 pm

Collaboration special event
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Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Zoe Lepiano

Wendy Snyder MacNeil: Album Pages

Join Zoë Lepiano, recipient of the RIC’s Howard Tanenbaum Research Fellowship in 2017, as she discusses the series Biographies and Album Pages from the Wendy Snyder MacNeil Archive. 

The talk will consider vernacular, utilitarian and posed photographs, and audio interviews collected by MacNeil throughout the creation of these projects; the ways these objects extend our understanding of MacNeil's practice; and, in turn, how her practice expands and challenges the photographic album in relation to representations of the self. 

Thursday, April 5
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Exhibitions Opening Party & CONTACT Festival Launch

Please join us at the Ryerson Image Centre for the launch of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Like all of our programming, this event is free and open to the public! 

Exhibitions and installations on view:
Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro
Nadia Myre: Acts that Fade Away
Ryan Walker: Voices in the Wilderness
Scott Benesiinaabandan: newlandia: debaabaminaagwad
Maximum Exposure 23

Friday, April 27
7:00–11:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist Talk with Shelley Niro

Join 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award winner Shelley Niro for a talk about her celebrated career. A member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan, Niro combines beadwork designs, archival images, family pictures, videos, and installation to question traditional representations of Indigenous peoples, with a particular focus on womanhood.

Wednesday, May 9
7:00 pm

Artist Talk
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Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf

The RIC is once again pleased to participate in Doors Open. One weekend every year, Doors Open Toronto provides an opportunity to explore some of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city – many of which are not usually open to the public.

Saturday, May 25–Sunday, May 26
12:00–5:00 pm

Doors Open

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Curator Talk with Ryan Rice

How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?

In this guest lecture, Rice will speak from his experience as a curator, critic and cultural mediator in relation to Indigenous presence across the field of contemporary art and culture. With the CONTACT Festival as the current site of contemplation, issues around curatorial practice, photography and lens-based media will be a focal point to usurp spaces of agency primed for decolonization. Following the event, the RIC will remain open until 9:00 pm to allow for viewing after the lecture.

Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator and the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto, ON). His curatorial career spans over 20 years in museums and galleries.

Wednesday, May 30
7:00 pm

Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro

Join artist Shelley Niro on a tour of her Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition. Niro will be joined by Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Wednesday, June 13
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Student Gallery Opening Party and Artist Talk

Join us for a party and artist talk with Cynthia Johnston to celebrate the opening of her exhibition Ceydie in the RIC's Student Gallery. The exhibition is co-presented with the DOCNOW Festival. Johnston will speak with Toronto-based photographer Nancy Friedland about her work and process. Friedland is an artist investigating narrative, the family album, landscape and loss in her work.

Wednesday, June 20
6:00–8:00 pm

Opening Night & Artist Talk

Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

The Making of a Photographic Book with Ruth Kaplan

Join Toronto-based photographer Ruth Kaplan for a workshop about the making of her recent publication, Bathers. In her book, Kaplan explores the social theatre of communal bathing, a ritual that is both private and public. The event will include an artist talk followed by an interactive workshop where audience members are invited to share book projects of their own with the artist and fellow attendees. There will also be a book sale and signing. As part of the RIC's rotating series From the Collection, select photographs from Bathers will be on view. 

Kaplan is an instructor at Ryerson University, OCAD University and University of Toronto Scarborough. 

Wednesday, July 11
6:00 pm

Artist Workshop

Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro

Join artist Shelley Niro on a tour of her Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition. Niro will be joined by Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Wednesday, July 18
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Main Gallery & University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Fall 2018

Fall Exhibitions Opening Party

Join us to celebrate a new season of exhibitions. Light refreshments and cash bar provided.

Wednesday, September 12
6:00–8:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics

The Berlin Wall: Two Histories in Photographs

Want to learn more about the RIC's collection? Join Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics, artists and professors at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts, for a talk on the history of the Berlin Wall using photographs from the Black Star Collection and their collaborative project Freedom Rocks (www.freedomrocks.ca), which documents the post-1989 Wall in Berlin today.

Thursday, September 20
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Curators in Conversation: Philip Brookman and Deborah Willis with Paul Roth

Gordon Parks in History
Co-presented with Black Artists Networks Dialogue (BAND)

In 1997, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC presented the only complete retrospective of Gordon Parks' career as a photographer, filmmaker, composer and author, Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks. This panel discussion reunites three of the people who collaborated to realize that show: exhibition co-curators Philip Brookman and Deborah Willis, and their then-curatorial assistant Paul Roth. 

Twenty-one years later, Brookman, Willis and Roth all continue their engagement with Parks and his work: Roth in the current RIC exhibition Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story, which he co-organized with Amanda Maddox of the J. Paul Getty Museum; and Brookman and Willis in the upcoming National Gallery of Art exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950, which Brookman curated and to which Willis contributed a catalogue essay. 

For this evening, Roth will moderate a discussion about Brookman's and Willis' experiences working with Gordon Parks, and their new project together, the first to look at Parks' early career. Together, the three will consider why Parks' life and work continue to be so influential and important in art and cultural histories. 

Philip Brookman is a consulting curator at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

Deborah Willis is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, and director of the Institute of African American Affairs, both at New York University.

Paul Roth is director of the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto.

Wednesday, September 26
7:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Alia Youssef: The Sisters Project

Join Alia Youssef for an informal talk and tour of her exhibition The Sisters Project, on view in the RIC's student gallery until October 14. Alia will discuss all aspects of the project: from how it was created, to her 12-city, cross-country tour, to the creation of her exhibition. She will also be happy to answer questions from the audience, including those related to her practice.

Sunday, September 30
1:00 pm 

Artist Talk

Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Artist and Curator in Conversation: Claudia Joskowicz with Ilana Shamoon

Join guest curator Ilana Shamoon for a conversation with artist Claudia Joskowicz on her exhibition, Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte—After Ruscha. 

Wednesday, October 3
7:00 pm

Artist Talk

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story

Join curator Paul Roth on a behind-the-scenes tour of Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story, along with Julie Crooks, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

Wednesday, October 17
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Vanessa F. Lakewood

Want to learn more about the RIC's collection? Join Vanessa F. Lakewood, Ryerson Image Centre Research Fellow, for a discussion on historical and cultural memory, community love, and freedom acts in New York after 1964.

The Black Star Collection documents the years in which New York faced a fiscal crisis, deteriorating public services, and the effects of deindustrialization on its marginal communities. In a rapidly-transforming urban field, the city was also rife with potential: how did photojournalists participate in creating alternative visions of social life, inhabitation, and everyday radicality?

Vanessa is a Ph.D candidate and Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in Art History and Visual Culture at York University in Toronto (Canada). She has researched photographic collections and worked on exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada), the Art Museum at the University of Toronto (Canada), Georgian College Campus Gallery (Canada), and the J. Paul Getty Museum (United States). She is completing her dissertation on Martha Cooper, a photojournalist who quit her job at the New York Post in 1980 to pursue documentary projects on youth culture, street life, and the subversive underground art movements of graffiti and Hip Hop.

Thursday, October 18
12:00 pm

Collection Talk

Opening Party for Jason Perreault: Bien dans sa peau

Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of Jason Perreault: Bien dans sa peau in our student gallery.

Wednesday, October 24
6:00–8:00 pm

Opening Night

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Special Tour of TERREMOTO: Mexico, 1985

Join curator Denise Birkhofer on a behind-the-scenes tour of TERREMOTO: Mexico City, 1985.

Wednesday, November 7 
6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Jamel Shabazz: Vision and Purpose

Presented by the Tanenbaum Lecture Series and the International Issues Discussion Series

Jamel Shabazz is a documentary photographer whose socially-conscious practice was shaped by images of the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. For over forty years, both in the United States and abroad, Shabazz has recorded a wide range of topics, from the birth of Hip-Hop to the effects of the crack epidemic, war veterans, and everyday life. Please arrive early, seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture Series is co-presented biannually by the Ryerson Image Centre and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

Founded in 2005, the IID is a non-partisan, student-led forum designed to engage all members of the Ryerson University community on major events and issues in contemporary global affairs through reasoned, objective, and scholarly discourse. iid.kislenko.com

Wednesday, November 14
7:00 pm

Tanenbaum Lecture

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