A Transformative Acquisition: The Gift of Mira Godard

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Wynn Bullock, Landscape with Nude, ca. 1950, gelatin silver print. Ryerson Image Centre, Gift of Mira Godard, 1994

A Transformative Acquisition: The Gift of Mira Godard

Noon Time Collection Talk with Peter Higdon
Thursday, September 19, 12 pm
122 Bond Street, Toronto, room RIC-241

Join the Ryerson Image Centre’s Founding Collections Curator Peter Higdon for a talk on Toronto gallerist Mira Godard’s generous 1994 gift of fifty-seven works from her personal collection to Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. Photographs by Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Bill Brandt, Wynn Bullock and Maurice Tabard, each a significant figure in the history of photography, make up the donation now held by the Ryerson Image Centre. Higdon will show and discuss a selection of the works and speak about the backstory of this important acquisition.

Noon Time Collection Talks take place in the RIC’s Peter Higdon Research Centre, located at 122 Bond Street, room RIC-241, on the second floor just above the gallery.

Free and open to the public.

imageBerenice Abbott, Princess Eugène Murat, 1930, gelatin silver print. Ryerson Image Centre, Gift of Mira Godard, 1994

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS, TALKS AND TOURS:

Wednesday, September 25, 7 pm
Curators in Conversation: Sandrine Colard with Julie Crooks

Wednesday, October 9, 6 pm
Special exhibition tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture with Gaëlle Morel and Marieme Lo

Thursday, October 24, 12 pm
Bombs, Beaches, Bunkers: Looking at Life in a Nuclear Mode, 1945–1990
Noon Time Collection Talk with Philippe Depairon
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, Toronto, RIC–241 (second floor)

Wednesday, October 30, 6–8 pm
Student Gallery Opening Party for Grayson James: After Alexandria

Wednesday, November 13, 6 pm
Special exhibition tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture with Gaëlle Morel and Michèle Pearson Clarke

Thursday, November 21, 12 pm
Boys in Dresses and Other Fashions of the Victorian Age
Noon Time Collection Talk with Ingrid Mida
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, Toronto, RIC–241 (second floor)

Wednesday, November 27, 7 pm
Tanenbaum Lecture with Syrus Marcus Ware
Ryerson University School of Image Arts, 122 Bond Street, Toronto, IMA-307 (third floor)

Wednesday, December 4, 6 pm
Special exhibition tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture with Gaëlle Morel and Kenneth Montague

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street) unless otherwise noted.

EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW:

The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture.
Photographs from The Walther Collection
Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of The Walther Collection, The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture revisits the history of African photographic portraiture through the perspectives of women, both as sitters and photographers. Spanning the beginnings of colonial photography on the continent to the present day, the exhibition features contemporary works by female artists, including Yto Barrada, Jodi Bieber, Lebohang Kganye, Zanele Muholi, Grace Ndiritu, and Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko alongside 1950s studio portraits by such important historical figures as Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta, and nineteenth-century prints, cartes de visite, postcards, and albums. The Way She Looks is organized in collaboration with The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany and New York, USA. The exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, ByBlacks.com, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and Allan Slaight and Emmanuelle Gattuso.

Syrus Marcus Ware: Ancestors, Can You Read Us? (Dispatches From The Future)
Toronto-based artist Syrus Marcus Ware imagines a world where racialized people have survived the “Black death spectacle” writ large on the nightly news; survived the catastrophic impact of the Anthropocene; and survived the crushing effects of white supremacy. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art and the RIC, the artist draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism to transform the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall into a portal through which the next generation of racialized activists communicate with us, their ancestors, and offer us insights into the future.

Lucy Lu: Da Pi Yuan
In Da Pi Yuan, artist Lucy Lu explores the complexities of growing up with a mixed identity. Returning to her childhood home in Xi’an, China, to the gated apartment community where her grandparents still live, Lu documents the places and people that have remained vivid in her memories in order to understand what it means to be Chinese-Canadian. Through images and words, Da Pi Yuan examines notions of home, belonging, and the fragmented nature of memory.

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