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 Manulife Financial, the Jackman Humanities Institute, the University of Toronto Faculty of Information, the Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva and Elizabeth and the University of Toronto Art Centre.
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.
Above Right: Robert Giard, Darryl Hine, negative 1993, print 1997, gelatin silver print, 40.64 x 50 .8 cm. Gift of Jonathan Silin, 2010, UC768.
Above: Robert Giard, Ana Marie Simo, 1990, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches. © Estate of Robert Giard / Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery