“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.


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.

You can watch the tour here on vimeo https://vimeo.com/109848103


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 Canada