“Architecture of the Image” with Charles Stankievech, Richard Barnes and Stephanie Smith

0:25 Introduction by Richard Sommer
10:35 Charles Stankievech presentation
26:47 Richard Barnes presentation
41:06 Discussion with Stephanie Smith
1:16:28 Q & A

On October 16th, 2014, the Architecture of The Image Fora brought together Richard Barnes, Charles Stankievech, and Stephanie Smith to explore the changing role images play in recent work in the arts that combine documentary and more fiction-based forms.

Richard Sommer, Dean, and Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design moderated the discussion.

Charles Stankievech is a Canadian artist whose research has explored issues such as the notion of “fieldwork” in the embedded landscape, the military industrial complex, and the history of technology. His diverse body of work has been shown internationally at the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MassMoca, Massachussetts; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Canadian Centre for Architecture; and the Venice Architecture and SITE Santa Fe Biennales. His lectures for Documenta 13 and the 8th Berlin Biennale were as much performance as pedagogy while his writing has been published in academic journals by MIT and Princeton Architectural Press.

His idiosyncratic and obsessively researched curatorial projects include Magnetic Norths at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University and CounterIntelligence at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto. From 2010-2011 (and again currently from 2014-15) he was hired as a private contractor for the Department of National Defence where he conducted independent research in intelligence operations under the rubric of the CFAP. He was a founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Canada and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Since 2011, he has been the co-director of the art and theory press K. in Berlin.

Work by New York-based Photographer Richard Barnes has been shown in solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, and the University of Michigan Art Museum. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hirshhorm Museum and Sculpture Garden. Barnes has lectured extensively, including at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Parsons School of Art and Design in Manhattan, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He served as adjunct professor/visiting artist at the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Barnes was a recipient of the Rome Prize 2005-2006 and his photographs of the cabin of Ted Kaczynski, aka the “Unabomber,” were featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography. He was the 2009 recipient of the Sidman Fellow for the Arts from the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. In 2010 completed a residency from Lightwork/Syracuse University.

An accomplished curator, writer and educator with two decades of museum experience, Stephanie Smith joined the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as its Chief Curator in August 2014. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Smith has held positions at Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum and the Rice University Art Gallery in addition to internships at institutions ranging from the alternative space Capp Street Project, San Francisco, to the Menil Collection, Houston, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Smith’s role at the AGO includes leading the Gallery’s curatorial team in designing exceptional art experiences that achieve its strategic goals. Her focus is on exhibition planning in addition to developing the AGO’s significant collections, positioning Toronto’s rich artistic community in the widest context possible.


The Daniels Fora present vigorous, engaging, and accessible discussions of interest not only to students, alumni, and professionals, but also the broader public. The goal of these public events is to bring together different perspectives in order to raise the level of debate, build relationships, and stimulate discussion among academics, institutions, and the general public.

Stage furnishings provided by Herman Miller.

For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca.


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