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Events, talks and tours

A lone man looks at art at the opening of the summer season of exhibitions at The Image Centre in 2019
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Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey (opening party), The Image Centre, 2019 © Clifton Li, The Image Centre

People in an art gallery interacting with a touch screen - at The Image Centre
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Soon We Were on Route Again (opening night), The Image Centre, 2018 © Clifton Li, The Image Centre

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Daily Drop-in Tours

Learn more on a guided tour! Participate in a free guided walkthrough of our current exhibitions and have an insightful exchange with one of our knowledgeable docents. Tours meet in the Great Hall of the IMC.

Free, no registration required.

Wednesday–Friday
1:30 pm

Daily Tours

The Image Centre
33 Gould St.
Toronto

Upcoming

Artist Talk — Louie Palu: Cage Call

Delve into Canadian photojournalist Louie Palu’s series, Cage Call, documenting the living and working conditions of miners in Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec and the formidable industrial architecture of the pits. 

Free. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
7 pm

Artist Talk

Online via Zoom
Register now

Facing Black Star: Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Join moderator Elspeth Brown, editors Thierry Gervais and Vincent Lavoie, and contributors Bénédicte Ramade and Reilley Bishop-Stall, for a panel discussion about Facing Black Star, the sixth installment in the IMC Books series, co-published with MIT Press. Bringing together local, national, and international researchers, Facing Black Star illuminates the staggering range of The Image Centre’s Black Star Collection and explores the expectations, challenges, and results of a decade of research in a key photo agency's print archive.

6–7 pm — Meet the speakers, book signing, visit IMC exhibitions
7–8:30 pm — Panel talk and Q&A 

No registration required for in-person event; seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Reilley Bishop-Stall, PhD, is a settler-Canadian art historian whose research centres on Indigenous and settler representational histories, with specific focus on historical and contemporary photography and anti-colonial and activist art. Dr. Bishop-Stall is Assistant Professor of Canadian Art and Visual Culture in the Department of Art History at McGill University, Montreal.

Elspeth H. Brown is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her research concerns queer and trans history; the history and theory of photography; the history of US capitalism; and oral history. She is the author of Work! A Queer History of Modeling (Duke, 2019) and The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, 1884-1929 (2005). She is the Director of the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, and Faculty Lead for the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative. Professor Brown is an active volunteer and former President of the Board for The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives.

Thierry Gervais is an associate professor at Toronto Metropolitan University and head of research at The Image Centre, Toronto. He was the editor-in-chief of Études photographiques from 2007 to 2013 and is the author of numerous articles on photojournalism in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly publications. He is the author (with Gaëlle Morel) of The Making of Visual News. A History of Photography in the Press (Bloomsbury, 2017) and the editor of The “Public” Life of Photographs (2016), the first volume of the academic IMC Books series, published in partnership with MIT Press. His current research focuses on retouched press photographs.

Vincent Lavoie is a professor in the Department of Art History, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and a member of the university’s Figura research centre. He is the principal investigator of a SSHRC-funded research team dedicated to studying the visualities of animal welfare. He is also a member of the SSHRC-funded international and interdisciplinary research group Archiverle present, dedicated to the analysis and valorization of contemporary artistic and literary practices that problematize the hoarding, classification, and recording of information flows.

Bénédicte Ramade is an art historian, critic, and independent curator specializing in environmental issues. Since 2016 she has focused on the growing entanglement of knowledge and artworks with/in the Anthropocene and has developed research on animal points of view and botanical agency. Vers un art anthropocène: L’art écologique américain pour prototype, her monograph published in 2022 by Les Presses du réel, updates her doctoral dissertation about ecological art from an Anthropocene perspective. 

Monday, October 16, 2023
6–8:30 pm

Panel discussion begins at 7 pm 

Book Launch + Panel Discussion

The Image Centre
33 Gould St., Toronto

Online via Zoom
Register now
 

Unfinished Business: Collecting Canadian Photography 

Noon Time Collection Talk with Christopher Varley and Paul Roth

Join local collector and former curator Christopher Varley in conversation with IMC Director Paul Roth, as they discuss a transformative acquisition of Canadian photography. In 2019, Varley generously donated over 500 photographs from his personal collection to the IMC. Created by various Canadian makers from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, these photographs document a wide range of subjects across the nation. This Noon Time Collection talk will explore how Varley acquired pictures over time, as well as the complexities of building a comprehensive collection of historical Canadian photography. 

Free, no registration required. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Thursday, October 26, 2023
12 pm

Collection Talk

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto
Second floor, room RIC-241 / IMC-241

Opening Reception—Hannah Somers: The Music Sang 'Lean on Me'

Join us to celebrate the opening of Hannah Somers' new exhibition, The Music Sang 'Lean on Me' in the IMC Student Gallery.

Somers creates visual conversations between her mother and aunt, biracial twin sisters adopted into a white family in the 1960s. Through photographs and video, the exhibition recounts the circumstances of the sisters’ upbringing and its effect on their racial and social identities.

Free, no registration required. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2023
6–8 pm

Opening Reception

The Image Centre
33 Gould St.
Toronto

Special Exhibition Tour: Stories from the Picture Press

Explore more than thirty-five stories about historic events and personalities, while learning how photojournalists and press agencies worked together to document the news and distribute images for publication. Led by co-curators Rachel Verbin and Paul Roth. 

Free, no registration required. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
6 pm

Special Exhibition Tour

The Image Centre
33 Gould St.
Toronto

Special Exhibition Tour: Stories from the Picture Press

Explore more than thirty-five stories about historic events and personalities, while learning how photojournalists and press agencies worked together to document the news and distribute images for publication. Led by co-curators Rachel Verbin and Gaëlle Morel. 

Free, no registration required. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
6 pm

Special Exhibition Tour

The Image Centre
33 Gould St.
Toronto

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