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Just as You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard

Just as You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard
15 King's College Circle, UTAC Gallery
Time: May 1st, 5:00 pm End: Jun 30th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Visual Studies (UTM), Urban, United States Studies, Sexual Diversity, Political Science, Law, Faculty of , English (FAS), Critical Theory, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 1950-2000
Exhibition of photographs by Robert Giard

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present

Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard


Curated by Diana Gore, Renée van der Avoird, and Julia Cyr
A Featured Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, in conjunction with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute, the Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva and Elizabeth and the University of Toronto Art Centre.
Opening: Friday 4 May 6:00–8:30 p.m.


Exhibition Dates: 28 April-30 June 2012

Location:  University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle, in the UTAC Art Lounge

The exhibition is free and open to the public during operating hours of the University of Toronto Art Centre.  For further information, please contact Dr. Laimh O'Laoghaire, Director at (416) 946-7015.

Between 1985 and his death in 2002, Robert Giard took nearly 600 black and white portraits of gay and lesbian literary figures, spending nearly two decades crossing the continent to photograph writers in their homes, surrounded by the things they loved.  The project was born of the urgency of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, seeking to document the burgeoning of gay and lesbian fiction, poetry and playwriting.  His work captures an extraordinary cultural moment.


Opening Reception: Friday 4 May, 6:00 -- 8:30 p.m.

6:00 – 6:30 Reception
6:30 – 7:30 Art with Insight Panel, Generously supported by Peter Allen
Through the Lens of Psychoanalysis: The Photographic Portraiture of Robert Giard 

  • Ken Corbett Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
  • Muriel Dimen Ph.D., Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychology, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Lehman College (CUNY)
  • Virginia Gouldner Ph.D., Faculty Member at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and the Stephen A. Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis;
  • Adrienne Harris Ph.D., Faculty Member and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California.

Moderated by Hazel Ipp, Founding Member, Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

7:30 – 8:30 Opening Reception

Location: UTAC art lounge 15 King’s College Circle

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.  Please call 416-978-1838 or email  utac.rsvp@utoronto.ca to let us know that you will attend.

You may also be interested in the special panel on this exhibition on Wednesday 20 June, 5-7 pm.



Credit information for thumbnail image: 

Robert Giard (American, 1939-2002)
Michael Lynch, nd
gelatin silver print on paper
40.64 x 50.80 cm
Gift of Jonathan Silin, 2010


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