Suzy Lake: ScotiaBank Photography Award at Ryerson Image Centre

•June 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Posted by Dorothy Lander

This exhibition celebrates the career of Canadian artist Suzy Lake, 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, renowned internationally for her work on self-representation, female identity and the aging body. This survey of more than fifty objects, made between 1976 to 2014, brings focus to Lake’s artistic process and methodologies. Including never-before-seen photographs, maquettes and working materials, the exhibition examines this important artist’s career of experimentation and unwavering efforts through the years to push the boundaries of the photographic medium.

Suzy Lake RYERSON 2017


Suzy Lake was a participant at the 2009 Toronto Whistlestop, which Paula Cameron facilitated.  Suzy showed us some of the photographs of the unplucked woman’s face — her own — some of which are featured in her 2017 exhibition.  We learned about humour and aging from Suzy.

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Martha Wilson and the Franklin Furnace Archive in its 40th year

•April 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Posted by Dorothy Lander, excerpt from Hyperallergenic blog posting by Edward M. Gómez.

Of particular interest to Canadian readers, Martha Wilson made her mark in the avant-garde art scene in Nova Scotia in the 1970s.

“Wilson studied at a small college in Ohio and then earned a master’s degree in English literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She stayed in Canada following her graduation and, in the early 1970s, taught English at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. With so-called second-wave feminism (which linked the social-cultural and political inequality of women) and the sexual revolution well under way, Wilson became inspired by the language-based conceptual art for which NSCAD had become a laboratory, with artists and critics associated with the new “idea art” passing through Halifax to present their work at the school.”

Martha Wilson Franklin Furnace Archive 40 years 1976

Franklin Furnace at 40: Still Radical After All These Years

For Martha Wilson and her collaborators at the Franklin Furnace Archive in New York, the avant-garde spirit is alive and well, and as relevant as ever.

Letter to the Electors

•December 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Who among those philosophers are women?

Feminist Philosophers

It’s signatories include eight philosophers:

Esteemed Electors:

We, a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens write to you in the spirit of fellowship, out of our sense of patriotism, and with great urgency.

There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Now is a such time, and your courage and leadership are required.

Never in our Republic’s history has there been a President-apparent comparable to Donald Trump. His inauguration would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to domestic tranquility, and to international stability:

  • He has threatened the freedom of speech by condoning violence at public events, and suggesting criminal penalties and even revocation of citizenship to punish political expression;
  • He has threatened the freedom of press by vowing to revoke First Amendment protections for journalists;
  • He has threatened the freedom of religion by…

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The Long History of Subversive Women Artists

•September 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Posted by Dorothy Lander

Jonathan Jones in The Guardian 2014 on 10 women artists who took on patriarchy and won.


Georgia O’Keeffe adjusts a canvas from her Pelvis Series- Red With Yellow in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1960. Photograph: Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images