Grand Opening

Grand Opening

Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University

August 27, 2012
Grand Opening

Sept 29, 7pm–Sept 30, 7am
Part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Archival Dialogues:
Reading the Black Star Collection
September 29–December 16, 2012

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street (one block
northeast of Yonge and Dundas)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Admission is free.

New public gallery to open in the heart of downtown Toronto
Ryerson University is transforming downtown Toronto. The opening of the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), a new public gallery in the heart of the city, heralds the transformation of Gould Street into a public cultural destination and a pedestrian-friendly environment, complete with the Ryerson Image Centre art gallery, adjacent park with pond and rock garden, Balzac’s café, outdoor patio, trees, and a car-free street. The RIC is part of Ryerson University’s major city-building initiative in the core of downtown Toronto—Canada’s economic, academic, research and cultural capital.

The RIC is located in the new Image Arts Building, designed by Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects, one of the world’s top ten design firms for the cultural building sector. The Image Arts Building is a rare example of a building that is digitally programmable, making the structure itself a work of art as the public and artists can program the illuminated glass walls transforming Toronto’s night time skyline. The building also features the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, a unique grid of arts-dedicated LED screens that are visible from the street.

“The Ryerson Image Centre is an international academic facility for teaching, research and exhibitions, but it is also a terrific opportunity to make so many of Ryerson’s holdings—amazing images and works of art—accessible to the public,” said Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University. “We are thrilled to be opening this new gallery in the heart of our campus, in the heart of our city.”

The Ryerson Image Centre public grand opening will take place September 29, 2012 (7pm–7am) as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. The inaugural exhibition, Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection, co-curated by Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre, and Peggy Gale, features new work by eight of Canada’s foremost artists. Internationally-renowned Canadian contemporary artists Stephen Andrews, Christina Battle, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Stan Douglas, Vera Frenkel, Vid Ingelevics, David Rokeby and Michael Snow have each created new work, commissioned for the grand opening of the Ryerson Image Centre and inspired by the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University. The RIC grand opening also features an exhibition of works by current students and recent alumni of the School of Image Arts, entitled The Art of the Archive, curated by Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre.

The Ryerson Image Centre brings an exciting new voice to the arts dialogue in Toronto and across the country. Exhibitions and public programs that reflect highly relevant contemporary themes speak to and welcome people from many different walks of life, part of a growing trend toward creative inclusion and openness that will bring the world to Toronto.

Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection is made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ryerson University, the Goethe-Institut Toronto, Partners in Art, The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation, and The Paul J. Ruhnke Memorial Fund.

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