Area(s) of ExpertiseArt Criticism, Photography history and theory, Contemporary Art, Feminist & Queer Art, Postcolonial and Visual Culture Theory
Assistant Professor, Art History
Gabrielle Moser is a writer and independent curator. Her writing has appeared in venues including Artforum, Art in America, ARTnews, Canadian Art, Fillip, Flash Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Journal of Visual Culture, n paradoxa, Photography & Culture, photographies Prefix Photo and the edited volumes Photography and the Optical Unconscious (Duke UP, 2017) and Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture: Making and Being Made (Routledge 2017). She is the author of the book, Projecting Citizenship: photography and belonging in the British Empire (Penn State UP, 2019). She has organized exhibitions for Access Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Oakville Galleries and Vtape. Moser has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art, Ryerson Image Centre, the University of British Columbia and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in 2017. She holds a PhD in art history and visual culture from York University and is a founding member of EMILIA-AMALIA feminist working group.
PhD, York University, Art History and Visual Culture, 2014
MA, York University, Art History, 2009
Graduate Diploma, York University, Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture, 2009
BA, University of British Columbia, major Art History, minor Nineteenth Century Studies, 2006
Assistant Professor, Art History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University, 2017–present
Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellow, Art History, University of British Columbia, 2016-2017
Adjunct Professor, Art History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University, 2016–2017
Acting Chair, Visual & Critical Studies BA program, OCAD University, 2015-2016
Lecturer, Art History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University, 2014–2016
Project Manager, The Photographic Situation Project, a three-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded partnership grant between the Toronto Photography Seminar (Toronto, ON), The Developing Room (Rutgers, NJ) and the Durham Centre for Advanced Photography Studies (Durham, UK), 2011–2013
Assistant Editor, Canadian Art magazine, Toronto, ON, 2007–2010
Curator (forthcoming) Developing Historical Narratives, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and Critical Distance, Toronto, ON, 2019
Curator, Propped, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON, 2017
Co-Curator (with Lorna Brown), Sites of Assembly, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 2017
Director, No Looking After the Internet, an out-loud looking group that meets in Toronto, ON, London, UK and in Montreal, QC, 2012–present
Curator, in Residence, Coming to Encounter, series of panel discussions, screenings and publications at Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON, 2012–2013
Curator, Always Working, group exhibition, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2012
Curator, This is uncomfortable, group exhibition (co-curated with Arpi Kovacs), Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON, 2010
Assistant Curator, The Leona Drive Project, group exhibition of public art installations curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow, Toronto, ON, 2009
Curator, Term Projects, group exhibition, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto, ON, Aug 14-23, 2008
Curator, Animator Statement, curated screening as part of Vtape's Curatorial Incubator v. 5, VIDEO ANIMATION: –What's Up, Doc?–, V tape, Toronto, 2008
Curator, Sleepwalker Project 5 | Private Viewing, group exhibition (co-curated with Shaun Dacey), Sleepwalker Projects window gallery, Toronto, ON, 2007
Awards \ Grants
Principal Investigator, with co-investigator Annie MacDonell (Ryerson University), Failure is an Option: Assessing challenges and identifying resources for feminist artist-run culture, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grant with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), $24,976, 2018-2019
Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, OCAD University, $1,500, 2018
Principal Investigator, Picturing race and citizenship: photography and belonging in Canada, 1900-1948, SSHRC Insight Development Grant, OCAD University, $41,000, 2016-2018
Collaborator, Family Camera, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant, Principal Investigator: Thy Phu, Western
Curatorial Writing Award (2000-5000 words category), 40th Annual Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards, 2017, for “Analogical Thinking” in the catalogue Meryl McMaster: Confluence (Carleton University Art Gallery, 2016).
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), University of British Columbia, $40,500/year for two years, 2016-2017
Fulbright Canada Visiting Scholar Award, $12,500, 2017
Elaine Ling Research Fellowship, Ryerson Image Centre, $2,000, 2016
Canada Council Travel Grants to Professionals in the Visual Arts, $1,500, 2015
Nominee, Non-Tenured Award for Teaching Excellence, OCAD University, 2015
Institutional Support Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), OCAD University/Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, $2,500, 2014
Nominee, Dissertation Prize, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University, 2014
eLearning Curricular Innovation Grant, York University, $5,000, 2014
Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University, $23,000, 2014
Junior Fellowship, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, to support a three-month research stay in the United Kingdom, £7,500, 2013
St. George Society of Toronto Endowment Fund, York University and the St. George Society, $12,500, 2013 (awarded but not held)
Canada Council Grant to Professional Independent Critics and Curators Program, Project grant for the exhibition Always Working, $7,000, 2012
Zdenka Volovka Research Fellowship, York University, $6,000/year, 2011/2012
Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, $6,000, 2010
Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, $35,000/year for three years, 2009–2012
Book, Projecting Citizenship: photography and belonging in the British Empire (Penn State University Press, 2019)
Book chapter (with Bambitchell: Sharlene Bamboat and Alexis Mitchell), “Sounding Citizenship: An Ongoing Discussion on Art, Affect, and Belonging,” Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture: Making and Being Made, Corey Dzenko and Theresa Avila, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2018): 158-167.
Book chapter (peer-reviewed), "Developing Historical Negatives: the Colonial Photographic Archive as Optical Unconscious," Photography and the Optical Unconscious, Sharon Sliwinski and Shawn Michelle Smith, eds. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017)
Book chapter, “Exhaustive Images: surveillance, sovereignty and subjectivity in Jon Rafman’s The Nine Eyes of Google Street View,” Jon Rafman: Nine Eyes, Kate Steinmann, ed. (Los Angeles: New Documents, 2016)
Book chapter, “Literary Supplement: a Brief and Incomplete Atlas of Drawn & Quarterly’s Petits Livres,” Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th Anniversary Publication, (Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2015)
Book chapter, “Photographic Traces of Presents Past,” Emergence: Contemporary Canadian Photography, Sarah Parsons, ed. (Toronto: Gallery 44/Ryerson University, 2009)
Journal article (peer-reviewed), “No Looking After the Internet: Curatorial experiments and pedagogical failures in engaging difficult images,” photographies 11.2-3 (Summer 2018): 313-327.
Journal article, “One Photograph: Object lessons—visualizing displacement in the Canadian Arctic,” Photography & Culture 11.1 (November 2017): 91-95.
Journal article (peer-reviewed), “Photographing Imperial Citizenship,” Journal of Visual Culture 16.2 (August 2017): 190-224.
Journal article (co-authored with Helena Reckitt), "Feminist Tactics of Citation, Annotation, and Translation: Curatorial Reflections on the Now You Can Go programme,"On.Curating 27 (May 2016)
Journal article, "Chromophobia: race, colour and visual pleasure in Richard Mosse's The Enclave,"Prefix Photo 32 (Winter 2015)
Journal article, "Exhaustive Images: surveillance, sovereignty and subjectivity in Google Street View," commissioned as part of the series "Photography in the Age of Biopolitics: Apparatus, Capture, Trace," Fillip, 15 (Fall 2011)
Journal article (peer-reviewed), "Phantasmagoric places: local and global tensions in the circulation of Stan Douglas's 'Every Building on 100 West Hastings,'" Photography & Culture, 4:1 (March 2011)
Journal article, "Working-through public and private labour: Sophie Calle's 'Prenez soin de vous,'" n.paradoxa, 27 (January 2011)
Review, “Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental,” Artforum (November 2018).
Review, “Helen Cho: You Remain Dismembered,” Flash Art (November 2018)
Feature, “Classroom: Spectatorship, race and citizenship,” Art & Education, September 14, 2017.
Review, “Tau Lewis and Curtis Santiago,” Artforum.com, 2017.
Feature, "Abbas Akhavan: Every artwork is a trap," Canadian Art (Winter 2016)
Feature, “The Pedagogies of Looking: An Interview with Kim Simon and Gabrielle Moser,” C Magazine 131 (Autumn 2016).
Event review, "The Flood of Rights,"Journal of Visual Culture 13.2 (August 2014): 236-240
Review, "Critics"Pick: CounterIntelligence,"Artforum.com, Feb 2014
Book review, "'Raising Frankenstein: Curatorial Education and its Discontents' and 'Curating and the Educational Turn,'" Journal of Curatorial Studies, 1:1 (Spring 2012)
Book review, "Kenneth Hayes's 'Milk and Melancholy,'" Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, University of Rochester, NY (Winter 2010)
Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries
Board of Directors, Mercer Union, 2016-2017
Advisor, Publications, Gallery 44, Toronto, 2014–2016
Selection Committee, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre Inspired Teaching Awards, OCAD University, 2015
Juror, Aimia | AGO Photography Scholarship, Art Gallery of Ontario, 2015
Juror, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, BMW Exhibition Prize 2009–2014
Member, International Association of Art Critics (AICA), 2014
Member, Toronto Photography Seminar, 2012–2019
Board of Directors, C magazine, 2012-2016
Mentor, Supporting Our Youth (SOY)'s Click One-on-One mentoring program, 2011–present
Member, College Art Association, 2010–present
Member, Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC), 2008–present