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A City of Toronto Archives Exhibit

Picturing Immigrants in the Ward


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Image Credit: William James, Agnes Street Poulterer's Establishment, 1910. City of Toronto Archives: Fonds 1244, Item 73.49

Opening June 21, 2012 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm and continues to May 2013.

Featuring historical photographs of the Ward, an area in the downtown core, this exhibition looks at how photography shaped ideas about Central and Eastern European immigrants in early 20th-century Toronto. By juxtaposing the historical photographs with new work by contemporary photographer Susan Dobson, the exhibition also reflects on how this area of the city has changed over the course of a century.

About the Curators:
Sarah Bassnett is associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. Her research focuses on the history and theory of photography.

Patrick Mahon is professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University and a visual artist. His print-based work, which engages with historical and contemporary aspects of printmaking, has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

About the Artist:
Susan Dobson is a visual artist and associate professor in the School of Fine Art and Music at The University of Guelph. Her photographs and video work, which explore urban planning, landscape, and automobile culture, have been exhibited in Canada and abroad.

Funding for the exhibition was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The City of Toronto Archives is a program of the City Clerk's Office. The City of Toronto Archives is wheelchair accessible and is easy to get to by public transit. Exit the University subway line at Dupont Station and walk north. There is limited free parking.


City of Toronto Archives
255 Spadina Road (between Dupont St. and Davenport Rd.)
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2V3
Research Hall: (416) 397-0778
toronto.ca/archives

Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturdays: (October to April) 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Media contact: Gillian Reddyhoff
(416) 392-6748
greddyh@toronto.ca


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