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Gordon Parks, Flávio Feeds Zacarias, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1961, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

Please join us on Wednesday, September 12, 6:00–8:00 pm to celebrate a new season of exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre

This fall, the RIC is pleased to present four shows, including:

Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story
An exhibition centred around a seminal photo essay by pioneering African-American photojournalist Gordon Parks—and the extraordinary chain of events it prompted. Published in Life magazine in June 1961, Parks’ piece profiled the da Silva family, living in a hillside favela near a wealthy enclave of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Focused on the eldest son, Flávio, a resourceful twelve-year-old suffering from crippling asthma, the story elicited thousands of letters and nearly $30,000 USD (more than $250,000 today) in donations from Life readers. This exhibition is organized by the Ryerson Image Centre, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Gordon Parks Foundation, in partnership with Instituto Moreira Salles, and generously supported by media sponsors The Walrus and the Toronto Star, with assistance from Instituto Sacatar.

TERREMOTO: Mexico, 1985
This exhibition explores Mexico City’s massive 1985 earthquake from the multiple perspectives of local and international photographers who documented the tragedy, depicting the city’s destruction, the efforts of rescue brigades, the experiences of grieving survivors, and persistent homelessness in the aftermath.

Claudia Joskowicz: Every Building on Avenida Alfonso Ugarte – After Ruscha
Focusing on a major boulevard in the Bolivian city of El Alto, the site of violent 2003 protests against foreign exploitation of national petroleum reserves, this two-channel video poetically conflates staged actions with everyday life, exploring the lingering impacts of political upheaval.

Alia Youssef: The Sisters Project
On view in the RIC Student Gallery, this photographic series of Canadian Muslim women subverts labels and false associations, counters incorrect narratives around voicelessness and lack of agency, and shows women who are in control of their lives.

Paulo Muniz, Untitled, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1961. Courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation

Events, talks and tours

Wednesday, September 12, 6:00–8:00 pm
Exhibitions Opening Party

Thursday, September 20, 12:00 pm
Noon Time Collection Talk with Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics

Wednesday, September 26, 7:00 pm
Curators in Conversation: Philip Brookman and Deborah Willis with Paul Roth

Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 pm
Artist and Curator in Conversation: Claudia Joskowicz with Ilana Shamoon

Thursday, October 18, 12:00 pm
Noon Time Collection Talk with Vanessa Lakewood

Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 pm
Special tour of Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story with curator (and RIC Director) Paul Roth and Julie Crooks, Assistant Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Wednesday, October 24, 6:00–8:00 pm
Opening party for Jason Perreault: Bien dans sa peau in the RIC Student Gallery

Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 pm
Special tour of TERREMOTO: Mexico, 1985 with curator Denise Birkhofer

Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm*
Tanenbaum Lecture with Jamel Shabazz
Location TBA

Wednesday, November 21, 6:00 pm
Special tour of Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story with curator (and RIC Director) Paul Roth

Thursday, November 29, 12:00 pm
Noon Time Collection Talk with Jorge Ayala

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street) unless otherwise noted. The RIC is an accessible space.

* Events marked with asterisks require registration via

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30pm
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Media Contact
Erin Warner, Ryerson Image Centre, / T+416 979 5000 x7032





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