Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Toronto.com article about the new Ryerson Gallery

Ryerson Gallery: An inner-city university dreams big

"The “Edward Burtynsky: Oil” symposia Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7 at Ryerson University looks to be another high point in an already triumphant year for the Toronto photographer, as well as one of the peaks in the Contact photography festival.

Actually, the stakes are higher than all that.

The lectures, discussions and the May 6 screening of Jennifer Baichwal’s Manufactured Landscapes (2006), a look at Burtynsky looking at China, represent one step in Ryerson’s long march to ramp up interest in its Sept. 2012 opening of its $40.9 million Ryerson Gallery and Research Centre, designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects.

It’s also part of the university’s efforts to define itself as “an international centre for dialogue around the image, from the still image to the moving image,” says Doina Popescu, director of the gallery and centre, who for 25 years created all kinds of programming for Toronto’s Goethe-Institut. “Toronto has matured a lot. It’s now time for us."...." - Peter Goddard

To view the full article: www.toronto.com/article/683698

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