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Major Collections of Allen Ginsberg and Robert Giard Photos Donated to University of Toronto 

TORONTO – The University of Toronto is home to the world’s largest collection of photographs by the late beat poet Allen Ginsberg thanks to a donation by the Larry & Cookie Rossy Family Foundation. The 7,686 photographs housed in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and 236 silver gelatin prints at the University of Toronto Art Centre include portraits of figures as prominent as John Cage,Bob Dylan, William de Kooning, Paul McCartney and Iggy Pop.  


TORONTO – The University of Toronto Art Centre is excited to announce the acquisition of a multi-year gift of 53 works of the famed American photographer, Robert Giard (1939-2002) donated by Jonathan Silin, Robert Giard’s partner of thirty years.

Giard first picked up a camera in 1972 and began photographing landscapes, portraits of friends, and the nude figure. By 1985, his passion for photography evolved into the creation of an extensive archive of gay and lesbian literary figures, both iconic and emerging: an ambitious project to celebrate queer histories and literature in the wake of the AIDS crisis.



Collections Online 

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You may perform simple searches by artist, title, date, medium and keyword. You may search by collection (Malcove, University College and University of Toronto), and also perform advanced searches.

Note: the online collections while comprehensive, are a work in process, and updated regularly.

The UTAC Collections Online project has been made possible by a generous grant from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage and by the support of Margaret [Peg] McKelvey.


Current Exhibitions  


The Art of Devotion

Byzantine and Post Byzantine Icons from the Malcove Collection

This is an ongoing exhibition.

This exhibition, drawn from the University of Toronto’s Malcove Collection, is organized around two central themes: icons dedicated to Mary and the Christ Child, and icons representing Christ and important saints in the Christian tradition. 

The 17th Annual Janet E. Hutchison Lecture

Exhibitionism: The Art of Curating
Thursday 19 September 2013

Katharine Lochnan, Senior Curator, Special Exhibitions and The R. Fraser Elliott Curator of Prints and

Art with Insight Conversation

Andrew Wright in conversation with Bonnie Rubenstein and Mark Cheetham
Friday 3 May 2013

Malcove Collection Videos

Sheila Campbell, Former Curator of the Malcove Collection introduces an 18th and 19th Century Triptych with Virgin, Pantocrator and Winged St. John.


Art with Insight Talks

Sites and Scenes of Orthodox Baptism
Linda Safran
Wednesday 15 February 2012