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2023 Events at RIC


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Winter 2023

Reception for Xin He: Better City, Better Life

Join us to celebrate Xin He: Better City, Better Life in the Student Gallery. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
6–8 pm ET 

(Registration required)

The Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto 

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Curators in Conversation: The "Thoughtography" of Ted Serios

Join IMC Director Paul Roth and Emily Hauver, Guest Curator of Mind’s Eye: The Psychic Photographs of Ted Serios, for a virtual talk exploring the photographic process of Ted Serios, a Chicago bellhop who claimed he could capture his thoughts on film.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
7 pm ET

Curator Talk
(Registration required)

Online via Zoom

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Film Screening: Ward 81 Voices

In her books, exhibitions and editorial work for publications like LIFE, New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, American photographer Mary Ellen Mark (1940–2015) transported her viewers to places rarely seen. To celebrate the new exhibit, Mary Ellen Mark: Ward 81, at The Image Centre (IMC) at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), Hot Docs and the IMC are proud to present Ward 81 Voices, a gripping new documentary about Mark’s time documenting the Oregon State Hospital, a psychiatric facility she first encountered while doing set photography for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Martin Bell (Streetwise), Mark’s husband and longtime collaborator, the film uses audio recordings, archival materials and Mark’s extraordinary photographs to offer a remarkable snapshot of her creative process in action and the humanistic approach and long-term commitment to her subjects that have made Mark’s images landmarks in the field of documentary photography.

Join director Martin Bell and director of The Image Centre Paul Roth for a post-screening conversation exploring the new film and exhibit.

Sunday, March 5, 2023
1:30 PM ET 

Film Screening
(Tickets required)

Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor St. W.

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Book Launch for Ward 81: Voices 

Join us to celebrate the launch of Ward 81: Voices, an expanded edition of the original 1979 book, which features previously unpublished photographs, excerpts from interviews with patients and recorded conversations between Mary Ellen Mark and her collaborator Karen Folger Jacobs, as well as new essays examining the influence of their project, including texts by IMC Director Paul Roth and IMC Curator Gaëlle Morel.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
6–8 pm ET

(Registration required)

Reception for Durga Rajah. I am not the Artist, I am the Photographer: a series of conceptual photo retakes

Join us to celebrate Durga Rajah. I am not the Artist, I am the Photographer: a series of conceptual photo retakes in the Student Gallery. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
6–8 pm ET

(Registration required)

Curators in Conversation: Kaitlin Booher and Gaëlle Morel | Mary Ellen Mark: Ward 81 

Join IMC Exhibitions Curator Gaëlle Morel and Guest Curator Kaitlin Booher for a virtual talk focused on Mary Ellen Mark's groundbreaking approach to documentary photography and her seminal project portraying the lives of female mental health patients in the Oregon State Hospital (1976). Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mary Ellen Mark: Ward 81, on view through April 1 at the IMC.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
7 pm ET

Curator Talk
(Registration required)

Online via Zoom

Zoom Registration