Winter 2020 exhibitions opening party at the Ryerson Image Centre


Louise Oates, Notes on Hydraulic Fracturing: The Desolate North-East, 2, 2014, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist

Join us for a free party on Wednesday, January 22, 6–8 pm, to celebrate the launch of the RIC’s winter exhibition season. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.


A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic
Guest Curator: David Campany

A Handful of Dust features a selection of modern and contemporary images from the last 100 years, focusing on the visual representation of dust in photography, both as an element of the everyday and as poetic allegory. Demonstrating photography’s ability to highlight quotidian details of life through the unlikeliest imagery, the exhibition touches on a wide range of subjects, including aerial reconnaissance, the American dustbowl, Mussolini’s final car journey, and the wars in Iraq. A Handful of Dust showcases photographic works by renowned artists Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Sophie Ristelhueber, Xavier Ribas, Jeff Wall, and many others, alongside anonymous press photographs, postcards, magazine spreads, and films.

Extending the Frame: 40 Years of Gallery TPW

Extending the Frame: 40 Years of Gallery TPW celebrates 40 years of exhibitions and programs at Gallery TPW, the artist-run centre founded in 1977 as a platform for contemporary photography in Toronto. Drawing on archival materials from the Art Gallery of Ontario and artworks from the collection of the Ryerson Image Centre, the exhibition and accompanying publication highlight the gallery’s role in advocating for the cultural recognition of the medium in Canada.

Nir Evron: A Free Moment
Guest Curator: Brian Sholis

Israeli artist Nir Evron’s film A Free Moment (2011) draws together political history and formal exploration. Shot in the abandoned shell of the never-completed Jordanian Summer Palace in East Jerusalem, this four-minute film reveals a dizzying perspective on the structure’s concrete bulk and the city sprawling beneath it. Though silent and restrained, A Free Moment suggests that long-ago political conflicts can have persistent influence, disorienting lives and altering the meaning of public spaces far into the future.

Clea Christakos-Gee: A piece A seed A spread

A piece A seed A spread interprets the conceptual poetry of Yoko Ono through photography. The images are prompted by a selection of instructional texts sourced from Ono’s 1964 book and artwork Grapefruit. The poems draw connections between nature and our bodies, private and social consciousness, breathing and the senses. Following her lead, Christakos-Gee’s photographs are personal and intuitive, bringing into relationship available subject matter and people important to her environment. Ono’s instructions are translated through visualization, active collaboration, and the chance element of film photography. With this text–image exchange, A piece A seed A spread reflects the interplay and reciprocity that can exist across the production of both mediums.


Unidentified photographer, [Woman writes in dust, Kansas], 1935, gelatin silver print. Private collection


Wednesday, January 22, 6–8 pm
Winter Exhibitions Opening Party

Thursday, February 6, 12 pm
The Making of an Exhibition. Stories from the Picture Press: Black Star Publishing Co. & The Canadian Press
Noon Time Collection Talk with Paul Roth and Gaëlle Morel
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street (RIC–241)

Wednesday, February 12, 6 pm
Exhibition Tour of Extending the Frame: 40 Years of Gallery TPW with Gaëlle Morel, Gary Hall and Nina Levitt

Wednesday, March 4, 6–8 pm
Student Gallery Opening Party for Shaun Fernandes: Getting the Most from Your Hammer

Thursday, March 12, 12 pm
Labour photographs in the Black Star Collection
Noon Time Collection Talk with Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street (RIC–241)

Wednesday, March 18, 6 pm
Exhibition Tour of A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic with Paul Roth

Wednesday, March 25, 7 pm
Tanenbaum Lecture: Sophie Ristelhueber in conversation with Marc Mayer
Location TBA (check website for details)

*NEW DATE* Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm
Curators in Conversation: David Campany with Sara Knelman

Thursday, April 2, 12 pm
Unfinished Business: Collecting Canadian Photography
Noon Time Collection Talk with Christopher Varley and Paul Roth
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street (RIC–241)

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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