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33 Gould Street, Toronto ON M5B 1X8 (1 block N-E of Yonge & Dundas)
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Spring / Summer 2017 exhibitions ... more
Spring / Summer 2017 exhibitions
Apr 29-Aug 13, 2017 | Spring exhibitions opening party & CONTACT Festival launch party Fri 28 Apr, 7-11pm:
Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake. Main Gallery. Curator: Gaëlle Morel. This exhibition celebrates the career of Canadian artist Suzy Lake, 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, renowned internationally for her work on self-representation, female identity and the aging body. This survey of more than fifty objects, made between 1976 to 2014, brings focus to Lake's artistic process and methodologies. Including never-before-seen photographs, maquettes and working materials, the exhibition examines this important artist's career of experimentation and unwavering efforts through the years to push the boundaries of the photographic medium. Presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre and a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival ... more
Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake.
Main Gallery.
Curator: Gaëlle Morel.
This exhibition celebrates the career of Canadian artist Suzy Lake, 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, renowned internationally for her work on self-representation, female identity and the aging body. This survey of more than fifty objects, made between 1976 to 2014, brings focus to Lake's artistic process and methodologies. Including never-before-seen photographs, maquettes and working materials, the exhibition examines this important artist's career of experimentation and unwavering efforts through the years to push the boundaries of the photographic medium. Presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre and a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Apr 29-Aug 13, 2017 | Spring exhibitions opening party & CONTACT Festival launch party Fri 28 Apr, 7-11pm:
Max Dean: As Yet Untitled. Curator: Gaëlle Morel. Max Dean's As Yet Untitled (1992-1995) explores issues surrounding the viewer's responsibility for culture and memory, through an interactive experience where gallery visitors can instruct a factory automaton to save endangered family photographs. Composed of an industrial arm, conveyer belt, paper shredder, and two silhouetted hands, Dean's mechanized robot is programmed to pick up a 4" x 6" photograph from a hopper and present it to the viewer as a final step before it is discarded – allowing the audience to decide which images will survive, and which will be lost to history. A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival ... more
Max Dean: As Yet Untitled.
Curator: Gaëlle Morel.
Max Dean's As Yet Untitled (1992-1995) explores issues surrounding the viewer's responsibility for culture and memory, through an interactive experience where gallery visitors can instruct a factory automaton to save endangered family photographs. Composed of an industrial arm, conveyer belt, paper shredder, and two silhouetted hands, Dean's mechanized robot is programmed to pick up a 4" x 6" photograph from a hopper and present it to the viewer as a final step before it is discarded – allowing the audience to decide which images will survive, and which will be lost to history. A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Apr 29-Aug 13, 2017 | Spring exhibitions opening party & CONTACT Festival launch party Fri 28 Apr, 7-11pm:
Souvenir: Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby, Michelle Latimer. Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall. Souvenir presents four short films addressing Indigenous identity and representation through reworked material from the National Film Board's archives. Using montage, intercutting and juxtaposition, First Nations and Métis artists Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby, and Michelle Latimer explore and deconstruct cinematic stereotypes and interrogate history. These short collage films, each derived from a distinct artistic vision, explore Canada's complicated past – recasting documentation into critical inquiry and shining a harsh light on official inhumanity, appropriated iconography, and the politics of representation. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival ... more
Souvenir: Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby, Michelle Latimer.
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall.
Souvenir presents four short films addressing Indigenous identity and representation through reworked material from the National Film Board's archives. Using montage, intercutting and juxtaposition, First Nations and Métis artists Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby, and Michelle Latimer explore and deconstruct cinematic stereotypes and interrogate history. These short collage films, each derived from a distinct artistic vision, explore Canada's complicated past – recasting documentation into critical inquiry and shining a harsh light on official inhumanity, appropriated iconography, and the politics of representation. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Apr 29-Aug 13, 2017 | Spring exhibitions opening party & CONTACT Festival launch party Fri 28 Apr, 7pm:
Lori Blondeau: Asiniy Iskwew. Curator: Bonnie Rubenstein. Lake Devo, Gould Street and Victoria Street. In these large-scale self-portraits, Saskatoon-based Cree / Saulteaux / Métis artist Lori Blondeau poses statuesquely on the sites of significant Plains Indigenous rock formations. Adhered to the ancient stones in Devonian Square – imported from the Canadian Shield – the installation is a powerful reminder of Toronto's pre-colonial history and the continuing importance of ancestral gathering places created for sacred ceremonies and for recording histories. Presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival ... more
Lori Blondeau: Asiniy Iskwew.
Curator: Bonnie Rubenstein.
Lake Devo, Gould Street and Victoria Street.
In these large-scale self-portraits, Saskatoon-based Cree / Saulteaux / Métis artist Lori Blondeau poses statuesquely on the sites of significant Plains Indigenous rock formations. Adhered to the ancient stones in Devonian Square – imported from the Canadian Shield – the installation is a powerful reminder of Toronto's pre-colonial history and the continuing importance of ancestral gathering places created for sacred ceremonies and for recording histories. Presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Apr 29-Aug 13, 2017 | Spring exhibitions opening party & CONTACT Festival launch party Fri 28 Apr, 7-11pm:
Shelley Niro: Battlefields of My Ancestors. Curator: Bonnie Rubinstein. Flower bed alongside Egerton Ryerson statue, Gould Street at Bond Street. In her ongoing photographic series, Shelley Niro (Mohawk, Turtle Clan) documents the historic battlefields that hold significance for her people. Following the migration route of the Six Nations from upstate New York to southern Ontario – which began during the American Revolutionary War – she captures signs, memorials and landscapes. Situated alongside pre-existing plaques that describe Ryerson University's origins, her images offer a complex perspective on "official" histories. A two-venue installation presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Fort York National Historic Site ... more
Shelley Niro: Battlefields of My Ancestors.
Curator: Bonnie Rubinstein.
Flower bed alongside Egerton Ryerson statue, Gould Street at Bond Street.
In her ongoing photographic series, Shelley Niro (Mohawk, Turtle Clan) documents the historic battlefields that hold significance for her people. Following the migration route of the Six Nations from upstate New York to southern Ontario – which began during the American Revolutionary War – she captures signs, memorials and landscapes. Situated alongside pre-existing plaques that describe Ryerson University's origins, her images offer a complex perspective on "official" histories. A two-venue installation presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Fort York National Historic Site.
Spring exhibitions opening party & CONTACT Festival launch party Fri 28 Apr, 7-11pm ongoing:
Spotlight Canada: Faces That Shaped a Nation. North and west façades of Ryerson Image Centre.
On the occasion of Canada's sesquicentennial, the RIC honours the country's culture with this photographic mural highlighting key figures who helped establish our national identity through their endeavours and resilience. These 14 portraits, arrayed across the RIC's west and north façades, mark the arrival of a new promised gift to Ryerson University – nearly 25,000 photographs of Canadian personalities and events from the 20th century, preserved in The New York Times Photo Archive. Acquired by real estate entrepreneur Chris Bratty and donated as an act of cultural repatriation, the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection further establishes the RIC as an important destination for the study of press photography.
This historical panorama (including images of Margaret Atwood, John Candy, Leonard Cohen, Viola Desmond, Chief Dan George, Wayne Gretzky, Yousuf Karsh, k. d. lang, Marshall McLuhan, Oscar Peterson, Mary Pickford, Buffy Sainte-Marie, David Suzuki, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau) symbolizes the diverse generations who have exemplified Canadian achievement. When the RIC first opened in September 2012, the building's façade depicted important North American and European cultural icons. These portraits were drawn from the Black Star Collection of photojournalism, which, despite its rich representation of 20th-century history, includes few images of Canada. The recent arrival of these Canadian photographs from The New York Times Photo Archive provides an ideal opportunity to exchange the first mural for a new one – a glass vista that celebrates the primacy and eminence of our nation's own history and culture. Curated by the Ryerson Image Centre, designed by Kelsey Blackwell and presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Ryerson University ... more
Spotlight Canada: Faces That Shaped a Nation. North and west façades of Ryerson Image Centre.
On the occasion of Canada's sesquicentennial, the RIC honours the country's culture with this photographic mural highlighting key figures who helped establish our national identity through their endeavours and resilience. These 14 portraits, arrayed across the RIC's west and north façades, mark the arrival of a new promised gift to Ryerson University – nearly 25,000 photographs of Canadian personalities and events from the 20th century, preserved in The New York Times Photo Archive. Acquired by real estate entrepreneur Chris Bratty and donated as an act of cultural repatriation, the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection further establishes the RIC as an important destination for the study of press photography.
This historical panorama (including images of Margaret Atwood, John Candy, Leonard Cohen, Viola Desmond, Chief Dan George, Wayne Gretzky, Yousuf Karsh, k. d. lang, Marshall McLuhan, Oscar Peterson, Mary Pickford, Buffy Sainte-Marie, David Suzuki, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau) symbolizes the diverse generations who have exemplified Canadian achievement. When the RIC first opened in September 2012, the building's façade depicted important North American and European cultural icons. These portraits were drawn from the Black Star Collection of photojournalism, which, despite its rich representation of 20th-century history, includes few images of Canada. The recent arrival of these Canadian photographs from The New York Times Photo Archive provides an ideal opportunity to exchange the first mural for a new one – a glass vista that celebrates the primacy and eminence of our nation's own history and culture. Curated by the Ryerson Image Centre, designed by Kelsey Blackwell and presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Ryerson University.
Jul 12-Aug 13, 2017 | opening Wed 12 Jul, 6-8pm:
Jordan Browne: Sweet Dreams, Francis. Student Gallery ... more
Jordan Browne: Sweet Dreams, Francis. Student Gallery.
Fall 2017 exhibitions... more
Fall 2017 exhibitions
Sep 13-Dec 10, 2017 | Fall exhibitions opening party Wed 13 Sep, 6-8pm:
The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive. Curators: Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer. Featuring photographs of Canadian subject matter from The New York Times Photo Archive, The Faraway Nearby examines a century of Canada's history and its representation in the leading American "newspaper of record." Taking an expansive view of the many stories that have shaped our national experience, the exhibition highlights images of major political events and conflicts, iconic landscapes across the nation, sports heroes, candid reportage on the lives of diverse communities, and portraits of notable Canadians. The exhibition draws from nearly 25,000 photographs preserved in The New York Times Photo Archive, known henceforth as The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection. This extraordinary new promised gift, made by Toronto entrepreneur Chris Bratty in honour of Canada 150, joins the renowned Black Star Collection to further establish the Ryerson Image Centre as a key international resource for the study of press photography. The Faraway Nearby is accompanied by a heavily-illustrated book, to be distributed worldwide by Black Dog Publishing. Texts by an international team of authors explore how Canada's visual identity in the 20h century was constructed – from within and without – through the dissemination of images in this influential media outlet ... more
The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Times Photo Archive.
Curators: Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer.
Featuring photographs of Canadian subject matter from The New York Times Photo Archive, The Faraway Nearby examines a century of Canada's history and its representation in the leading American "newspaper of record." Taking an expansive view of the many stories that have shaped our national experience, the exhibition highlights images of major political events and conflicts, iconic landscapes across the nation, sports heroes, candid reportage on the lives of diverse communities, and portraits of notable Canadians. The exhibition draws from nearly 25,000 photographs preserved in The New York Times Photo Archive, known henceforth as The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection. This extraordinary new promised gift, made by Toronto entrepreneur Chris Bratty in honour of Canada 150, joins the renowned Black Star Collection to further establish the Ryerson Image Centre as a key international resource for the study of press photography.
The Faraway Nearby is accompanied by a heavily-illustrated book, to be distributed worldwide by Black Dog Publishing. Texts by an international team of authors explore how Canada's visual identity in the 20h century was constructed – from within and without – through the dissemination of images in this influential media outlet.
Sep 13-Dec 10, 2017 | Fall exhibitions opening party Wed 13 Sep, 6-8pm:
The Notman Studio 1858-1915. Guest curator: Emily McKibbon. This exhibition surveys the diverse production of celebrated photographer William Notman's bustling enterprise, from studio portraiture, to topographical landscapes, to genre scenes of prototypically “Canadian” pastimes. Emigrating from Scotland, Notman opened his first photography studio in Montreal in 1856 and found quick success. Expanding his business to various satellite locations, Notman employed and trained generations of photographers, studio assistants and retouchers. Together they presented a vision of Canada as energetic, young, sublimely beautiful, and deeply wintry, capturing the public's imagination in the years preceding and following Confederation ... more
The Notman Studio 1858-1915.
Guest curator: Emily McKibbon.
This exhibition surveys the diverse production of celebrated photographer William Notman's bustling enterprise, from studio portraiture, to topographical landscapes, to genre scenes of prototypically “Canadian” pastimes. Emigrating from Scotland, Notman opened his first photography studio in Montreal in 1856 and found quick success. Expanding his business to various satellite locations, Notman employed and trained generations of photographers, studio assistants and retouchers. Together they presented a vision of Canada as energetic, young, sublimely beautiful, and deeply wintry, capturing the public's imagination in the years preceding and following Confederation.
Sep 13-Dec 10, 2017 | Fall exhibitions opening party Wed 13 Sep, 6-8pm:
Zacharias Kunuk: Dog Team. Guest curator: Jesse Wente. Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall. In nearly thirty-five years of video making, Inuk director and producer Zacharias Kunuk has used art to combat the encroachment of colonialism, chronicling his culture's history while reviving and maintaining many aspects of its customs in the production of his works. In Dog Team, a new commission for the RIC's Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Kunuk captures a traditional way of being from a distinctly contemporary perspective – offering a unique vantage point of perseverance and resistance ... more
Zacharias Kunuk: Dog Team.
Guest curator: Jesse Wente.
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall.
In nearly thirty-five years of video making, Inuk director and producer Zacharias Kunuk has used art to combat the encroachment of colonialism, chronicling his culture's history while reviving and maintaining many aspects of its customs in the production of his works. In Dog Team, a new commission for the RIC's Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Kunuk captures a traditional way of being from a distinctly contemporary perspective – offering a unique vantage point of perseverance and resistance.
Sep 13-Oct 15, 2017 | Fall exhibitions opening party Wed 13 Sep, 6-8pm:
Paul Swanson: Air of Uncertainty. Student Gallery ... more
Paul Swanson: Air of Uncertainty. Student Gallery.
Oct 25-Dec 10, 2017 | Student Gallery opening party Wed 25 Oct, 6-8pm:
Camille Rojas: System of a Gesture. Student Gallery ... more
Camille Rojas: System of a Gesture. Student Gallery.
Wednesdays open late:
Ryerson Image Centre is open late every Wednesday, until 8pm, and admission is always FREE! ... more
Ryerson Image Centre is open late every Wednesday, until 8pm, and admission is always FREE!
PUBLIC RECEPTIONS ... more
PUBLIC RECEPTIONS –
Wed 13 Sep 2017, 6-8pm:
Fall exhibitions opening party ... more
Fall exhibitions opening party.
Wed 25 Oct 2017, 6-8pm:
Student Gallery opening party ... more
Student Gallery opening party.
EXHIBITION TOURS ... more
EXHIBITION TOURS –
Wednesdays 6pm, Aug 2, Sep 27, Nov 1:
Exhibition tours.
Aug 2: Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake, with Georgiana Uhlyarik.
Sep 27: The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Time Photo Archive, with curators Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer.
Nov 1: The Notman Studio: 1858-1915, with guest curator Emily McKibbon ... more
Exhibition tours.
Aug 2: Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake, with Georgiana Uhlyarik.
Sep 27: The Faraway Nearby: Photographs of Canada from The New York Time Photo Archive, with curators Gerald McMaster and Denise Birkhofer.
Nov 1: The Notman Studio: 1858-1915, with guest curator Emily McKibbon.
NOON-TIME COLLECTION TALKS ... more
NOON-TIME COLLECTION TALKS.
Each academic calendar, we're pleased to present intimate conversations focusing on our vast photography collections. All Noon-Time Collection Talks are FREE and take place at the Peter Higdon Research Centre (122 Bond Street, 2nd floor, RIC-241) –
Thursdays 12noon, Sep 21, Oct 5, Nov 30, 2017:
Noon-Time Collection Talks.
Sep 21: Denise Birkhofer.
Oct 5: Justine Kohleal.
Nov 30: Laura Margaret Ramsey.
All Noon-Time Collection Talks are FREE and take place at the Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, 2nd floor (RIC-241) ... more
Noon-Time Collection Talks.
Sep 21: Denise Birkhofer.
Oct 5: Justine Kohleal.
Nov 30: Laura Margaret Ramsey.
All Noon-Time Collection Talks are FREE and take place at the Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, 2nd floor (RIC-241).
OTHER EVENTS ... more
OTHER EVENTS –
Sat 30 Sep 2017, sunset - sunrise:
Nuit Blanche Toronto at the RIC. Special program, 7-11pm ... more
Nuit Blanche Toronto at the RIC. Special program,7-11pm.
Tues 17 Oct 2017, 7pm:
Tanenbaum Lecture. Dana Claxton. Location TBA (check website for details) ... more
Tanenbaum Lecture. Dana Claxton. Location TBA (check website for details).
Wed 15 Nov 2017, 7pm:
Curators in Conversation. Gerald McMaster and Jesse Wente. Location TBA (check website for details) ... more
Curators in Conversation. Gerald McMaster and Jesse Wente. Location TBA (check website for details).
DAILY TOURS ... more
DAILY TOURS –
Daily 2:30pm:
Docent-led Exhibition Tours. The RIC is pleased to offer daily guided walking-tours of all current exhibitions by trained docents. Tours begin inside the Great Hall and run for approximately 45 minutes, including time for questions and comments. Registration is not required and all tours are FREE to the public! For more information or to inquire about special requests, group bookings or accessibility accommodations, please contact ric@ryerson.ca or call 416 979 5164 ... more
Docent-led Exhibition Tours. The RIC is pleased to offer daily guided walking-tours of all current exhibitions by trained docents. Tours begin inside the Great Hall and run for approximately 45 minutes, including time for questions and comments. Registration is not required and all tours are FREE to the public! For more information or to inquire about special requests, group bookings or accessibility accommodations, please contact ric@ryerson.ca or call 416 979 5164.
The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) is dedicated to the public exhibition, research, study and teaching of photography and related disciplines, including new media, installation art and film ... more
The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) is dedicated to the public exhibition, research, study and teaching of photography and related disciplines, including new media, installation art and film. International in scope, the Ryerson Image Centre features three interrelated areas of activity: an exciting program of public exhibitions where innovative work by professional Canadian and international artists addresses social, cultural, historical and aesthetic issues; a world-class research centre that conducts research into the history of photography and documentary media, and offers an array of workshops, conferences and publication programs; and the collection, which is home to the acclaimed Black Star Collection of black and white photojournalistic prints, as well as important fine art photographic holdings and artist archives.
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