Panel on October 18 at the School of Visual Arts, New York City

The Robert Giard Foundation presents The Nude Portrait and the Nude Self-Portrait: The Psychology of Exposure, a panel discussion October 18, School of Visual Arts, New York City You are invited to join us for this free panel discussion on October 18 at SVA organized by The Robert Giard Foundation and inspired by topics in this summer's release of Studies in Gender and Sexuality: Psychoanalysis Cultural Studies Practice Research, Volume 15 Issue #2, which focused on Robert Giard's work with the nude...

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Alison Bechdel: September Portrait of the Month

Alison Bechdel, Grand Isle, VT, 1995  Cartoonist Alison Bechdel was born in 1960 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, to Roman Catholic parents who were both teachers. She attended Simon’s Rock College, and then transferred to Oberlin, graduating in 1981 with a BA in studio art and art history. She moved to New York, where the feminist newspaper WomaNews published her first work in its June 1983 issue. This drawing represented the beginning of her long-running comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For,...

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Mark Doty: August Portrait of the Month

Mark Doty, Provincetown, MA, 1992 Born in 1953 in Maryville, Tennessee, Mark Doty is an award-winning poet and memoirist. He holds a BA from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. His first book of poetry, titled Turtle, Swan, was published in 1987. When his partner Wally Roberts tested positive for HIV in 1989, Doty’s writing changed dramatically. My Alexandria, Doty’s 1993 book, is largely informed by the AIDS epidemic;...

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Exhibitions on view

“We Are Continually Exposed to the Flashbulb of Death”: AA Bronson, Robert Giard and Allen Ginsberg

The University of Toronto Art Centre’s fall program comprises three exhibitions concerned with photographic portraiture and its role in conjuring visibility of queer subjectivity and community. They encompass Allen Ginsberg’s photographic poetics, Robert Giard’s documentary project, and AA Bronson’s mirrored selfies and staging as shamanistic healer. Following on the heels of Toronto’s World Pride 2014, the exhibitions offer a glimpse of the revolutionary, homo-erotic poetics of visibility from the 1950s to the present.     Robert Giard: Towards the Particular Disarming in their unadorned, straightforward style, the portraits featured in this exhibition are drawn from a multi-year gift of 53 works of American photographer Robert Giard to the University of Toronto. In this series, Giard ambitiously set out to create a portrait archive celebrating American and Canadian lesbian and gay literary figures in the wake of the AIDS crisis. The Robert Giard photography collection was generously donated by Jonathan Silin.   Curated by Scott Rayter. Fall opening reception, September 18: 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition is made possible with support from The Rossy Family Foundation, the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto and Manulife Financial.   CURATOR'S TOUR Saturday, September 27 – 2:00-2:45 pm Curator's tour of Robert Giard: Towards the Particular with Scott Rayter Join Scott Rayter, Associate Director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies and lecturer in English and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, as he gives a tour of his curated exhibition Robert Giard: Towards the Particular. YORUBA RICHEN SCREENING Wednesday, October 15 - 6:00 - 7:00 pm Screening of The New Black A screening of The New Black (2013, 30 mins), a documentary by Yoruba Richen, the 2011-2012 Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship recipient. The New Black explores the intersections of gay rights and civil rights in the recent political landscape of the United States.

September 02, 2014 through December 06, 2014

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7