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Gaelle Morel appointed first Curator of Toronto's Ryerson Image Centre

Nov. 1, 2011

The Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gaelle Morel as the gallery’s first curator. Dr. Morel’s exhibition history to date has been international in scope, including numerous shows in Paris, Montreal and Toronto. Her exhibition projects and publications bring together a solid understanding of historical and contemporary art practices, with a strong focus on photography and photojournalism, while developing thematic approaches that speak to modern audiences in new and exciting ways.Gaelle Morel’s role as curator will significantly influence the development of the Ryerson Image Centre (formerly known as the Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre), scheduled to open in September 2012.

Gaelle Morel will share the responsibility for developing a challenging and relevant long term exhibition plan with Ryerson Image Centre Director, Doina Popescu. In addition to developing and executing exhibitions, installations and educational programs, Ms. Morel will curate and co-curate exhibitions, and collaborate with organizers, guest curators, and a variety of local, national and international institutions. Gaelle Morel is currently curating an exhibition that takes a fresh look at the work of renowned American photographer Berenice Abbott for the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France, and the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive catalogue.

“A curator is a link between the artist and the audience,” Gaelle Morel said. “It's important to help people to understand the images; their creation and dissemination; and the links between archival material and contemporary art. The role of curator at the Ryerson Image Centre presents an opportunity to show materials that are rarely exhibited, to take curatorial risks, and to experiment. I am looking forward to doing things that have not been done before or not done in this way before, and creating something new in the city of Toronto.”