Fall 2019 Exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre

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Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko, Nonkululeko, from the series Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder, 2003, inkjet print © The artist. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture launches with a free public party at the Ryerson Image Centre on September 11, 6–8 pm

Join us for a party to celebrate a new season of exhibitions, including The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture, Syrus Marcus Ware: Ancestors, Can You Read Us? (Dispatches From The Future) and Lucy Lu: Da Pi Yuan. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS

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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Sabelo Mlangeni, Woman and City, from the series Big City, 2012 (printed 2017), gelatin silver print © The artist. Courtesy of the artist and The Walther Collection

UPCOMING EVENTS, TALKS, AND TOURS

Wednesday, September 11, 6–8 pm
Fall Exhibitions Opening Party

Thursday, September 19, 12 pm
A Transformative Acquisition: The Gift of Mira Godard
Noon Time Collection Talk with Peter Higdon
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, Toronto, RIC–241 (second floor)

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, 1945–90
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
Location TBA (check website for details)

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.

Ryerson Image Centre
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Kristen Dobbin, Ryerson Image Centre, kristendobbin@ryerson.ca / T+416 979 5000 x7032