Peggy Gale

Winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts, Peggy Gale is an independent curator and writer whose texts on contemporary art, especially video and time-based contemporary works, have become artistic benchmarks. Born in Guyana in 1944, Gale studied at the University of Toronto and the Università degli Studi in Florence. She has published extensively, with essays in Video By Artists (1976, 1986), Mirror Machine: Video and Identity (1995), and Lectures obliques (1999), and texts in many museum catalogues. She was editor, among other titles, of Museums by Artists (with AA Bronson, 1983), Video re/View: The (best) Source for Critical Writings on Canadian Artists’ Video (with Lisa Steele, 1996) and Artists Talk 1969–1977 (Halifax, 2004). Videotexts, her selection of essays on the role of narrative in artists' video, was published in 1995. She has organized many exhibitions including: Videoscape (Art Gallery of Ontario, 1974–1975); XIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo (1977); Electronic Landscapes (National Gallery of Canada, 1989); the Biennale of the Moving Image (Madrid, 1990); and (with Doina Popescu) inaugurated the Ryerson Image Centre with Inaugural Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection. Gale was curator as well for Tout le temps/Every Time (La Biennale de Montréal, 2000) and L'avenir (looking forward), BNLMTL 2014. In 2020 she was named an Alumni of Influence, University College, University of Toronto. The Peggy Gale fonds (1963-2016) are held at the Edward P Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario. Peggy Gale lives in Toronto.

City: Toronto, Province/Territory: Ontario
Alumni of Influence, University College, University of Toronto
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