Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Join us at the CLGA for the Curator’s Talk and Tour on June 2 from 1 – 4 pm!

Hi, my name is Jessica Parker and I’m a CLGA curatorial intern and co-curator of Looking Forward/Looking Back: 25 Lives 14 Years Later. The exhibition, a retrospective of the original 25 queer activists inducted in 1998 into the CLGA’s National Portrait Collection for their contribution to “out and proud communities,” updates us on the inductees’ lives and achievements over the past fourteen years. Recent images and personal statements are displayed alongside the original portraits, contextualized by archival material held by the CLGA.

The opening on May 11 was a big success! We had over 100 people visit the exhibition, including 1998 inductees Alec Butler, Lynne Fernie, Richard Fung, Amy Gottlieb, Tim McCaskell, Ken Popert, and Makeda Silvera. Bruce Jones, original co-curator of the 1998 exhibition was there, as well as surprise guest Neil Richards, who brought the original exhibition to the University of Saskatchewan in January of 1999 and was inducted into the NPC in 2000.

This internship has been full of new experiences and exciting discoveries. Please join me at the CLGA on June 2 between 1 and 4 pm for a “talk and tour.” I’ll discuss the curation of the exhibition, and what we’ve learned in the process, at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm, as well as answer any questions about the display. There will also be ample time to visit and read through the exhibition at your own pace.

I look forward to seeing you on June 2! For more information, please visit clga.ca.

Makeda Silvera, Lynne Fernie, Alec Butler, and Amy Gottlieb at the Looking Forward/ Looking Back exhibition opening on May 11.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Calling Older Lesbians!

Love … Work … Play…  What were you doing in the 1950s, 60s and 70s?

Calling Older Lesbians!

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is planning an upcoming exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman’s 1992 documentary, Forbidden Love: Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives.  It will examine the contradictions, tensions and victories of the daily lives of lesbians from 1950 to 1980, so we need your help!

Do you have stories, photographs, clippings, buttons, t-shirts, or other lesbian memorabilia from those years?

We'd love to see them and see you at our older lesbians' get-together.

Join us on Sunday May 27 from 4-6pm at the
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON, M4Y 1N1
The CLGA is wheelchair accessible.

Light refreshments provided. Cash bar.

Please register free here as space is limited: www.eventbrite.ca/event/3473761113

If you are unable to attend but have memorabilia to share please get in touch:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Queer photography anyone? Robert Giard exhibition opens Friday

Above: Robert Giard, Ana Marie Simo, 1990, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches. 
© Estate of Robert Giard / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery
Just as You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard opens this Friday May 4th at the University of Toronto Arts Centre (UTAC).

Robert Giard's black and white portraits of gay and lesbian literary figures capture an extraordinary cultural moment in 80s and 90s America. This exhibition features 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.

The opening reception will begin at 7:30 and it will be preceded by a panel discussion on Giard's work, portraiture, and psychoanalysis (from 6:00 to 7:30). All CLGA friends and supporters are invited to attend the panel and reception, just note that RSVP is required.

Location: UTAC art lounge 15 King’s College Circle (University of Toronto)
RSVP: 416-978-1838 or utac.rsvp@utoronto.ca

Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard April 28 - June 30, 2012
Curated by Diana Gore, Renée van der Avoird, and Julia Cyr.

For more information about UTAC and this exhibition, please visit the UTAC website at: http://www.utac.utoronto.ca