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Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard

Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard

April 28–June 30, 2012

Curated by Diana Gore, Renée van der Avoird, and Julia Cyr

University of Toronto Art Centre

Robert Giard’s black and white portraits of gay and lesbian literary figures capture an extraordinary cultural moment in 80s and 90s America. This Featured Exhibition Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and Affiliate Event of Pride Toronto is presented in conjunction with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies is comprised of forty vintage prints from the Estate of Robert Giard (1939-2002). It also includes eight portraits of gay and lesbian Canadian writers recently donated to the University College collection by Jonathan Silin.

Art with Insight Panel Talk

Through the Lens of Psychoanalysis: The Photographic Portraiture of Robert Giard
Friday May 4, 2012, 6–8:30pm
Featuring Ken Corbett, Muriel Dimen, Virginia Goldner, Adrienne Harris
Moderated by Hazel Ipp
Video Documentation
University of Toronto Art Centre
Reception to follow

Art with Insight Panel Talk

(Image)ning Queerness: a photographer, writers and readers
Wednesday June 20, 2012, 5-7pm
Co-presented with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies
Featuring Kamal Al-Solaylee, Wayson Choy, Sky Gilbert, Sarah Schulman and Zoe Whittall
University of Toronto Art Centre
Reception to follow

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the project support from the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, the Jackman Humanities Institute, the University of Toronto Faculty of Information, Manulife Financial, and the Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva and Elizabeth, and Pride Toronto.The Art with Insight Program is generously supported by Peter Allen.

Title Image: Robert Giard, Mary Meigs, 1992/1999. Gelatin silver print. 41 x 51 cm. Gift of Jonathan Silin, 2010.

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