Lead Photo: Ellen Montague and her son Christopher; her sister Ruth Brown; and her husband Spurgeon Montague beside the Christmas tree. Unknown photographer, Windsor, ON. Courtesy of Dr. Kenneth Montague.
The Royal Ontario Museum’s The Family Camera exhibition will feature prominently – both inside and outside the Museum – as part of Nuit Blanche, Toronto’s city-wide celebration of art, from 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 30 to 7:00 am on Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Visitors are invited to start their evening early with a special ROM Connects lecture at 6:00 pm in the Museum’s Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre. The free with RSVP lecture titled The Family Camera: Missing Chapters Revisited, features Assistant Curator Jennifer Orpana giving a behind-the-scenes look at The Family Camera and The Family Camera Network. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with researchers, and Network participants, who will explore family photography through stories of loss, absence, and recovery. RSVP is available here.
Beginning at 7:00 pm, visitors can enjoy the full Nuit Blanche experience with 12 consecutive hours of free access to The Family Camera. The ROM’s program includes access to the exhibition in the ROM’s Roloff Beny Gallery, as well as an immersive audio installation and photo projections in the Thorsell Spirit House and Hyacinth Gloria Chen Court. Last entry is at 6:00 am.
Taking the exhibition outside of the Museum, The Family Camera – on the Move: Toronto, will be on display at Union Station’s former west waiting room. The installation features a selection of large scale projected images that convey stories of migration spanning nearly 100 years. The Family Camera: On the Move – Toronto is presented by MomenTO, a Canada150 program of the City of Toronto, in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum and The Family Camera Network. The project is supported by the Province’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada.