Prominent cultural leader Doina Popescu has been named the inaugural director of the Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre effective October 27, 2008.
The new facility, which will house the world-renowned Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection, is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2010. It will become a national center for Canada and will place Ryerson among the top international centers for the study, teaching, research and exhibit of photography and other visual media.
Popescu is currently deputy director of the Goethe-Institut Toronto, the highest position a Canadian can achieve within the international organization. For more than ten years she managed the Goethe-Institut Gallery and Kinowelt Hall, where she curated important exhibitions and installations involving renowned Canadian and international artists, architects and thinkers.