OCAD University
Ryan Whyte
Chair, Honours BA Program in Visual and Critical Studies, Associate Professor
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Early modern art history, History of Art Criticism, Media theory and history, Print culture, Critical Theory, Book history, Cross-cultural exchange, Food history/gastronomy


Dr. Whyte's research reveals legacies of eighteenth-century art and culture that are commonplace in and relevant to the early twenty-first century. He is currently writing a book on the role of printed matter in the Salon du Louvre exhibitions of the Ancien Régime. His other recent work addresses fashion, gastronomy, and cross-cultural exchange in eighteenth-century print culture. He has also written art criticism and essays for journals that include Artext, Artichoke, Border Crossings, C Magazine, Lola, New Observations, and Parachute.


PhD, History of Art, Department of Art, University of Toronto, 2008

MA, Art History, Department of Art History, University of Western Ontario, 2001

BFA, Art and Design, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta, 1996

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

1998 Di/splay, Tableau Vivant Gallery, Toronto

1997 Painting Degree Zero, Latitude 53 Gallery Society of Artists, Edmonton

1996 Pascal's Terror, Fringe Gallery, Edmonton

1995 Spark Chamber, Anosa Gallery, Edmonton

1995 Ulysses Diary (installation with twenty-four hour performance piece), Anosa Gallery, Edmonton


Group Exhibitions

1999 Transmissions: Deadlines (a fold of two, an entre-deux), with Yam Lau, Cold City Gallery, Toronto

1997 Syncrude Next Fest, Edmonton

1997 Four Aggregate Artists, Manifesto, Edmonton

1997 Pyroclastic, Commerce Place, with Aggregate, Edmonton

1996 Fireworks–96, Fringe Gallery, Edmonton

1995 How Does It Smell? Latitude 53 Members Show, Edmonton

Awards \ Grants

2014 Chercheur invité, Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris.

2013-2014 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity.

2013 OCAD University Research Seed Grant.

2012 Invited participant, Edmond J. Safra Colloquy, "The Academy of Painting and Sculpture in the Ancien Régime: New Perspectives," Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

2011 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant, recommended for funding at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris.

2009 Getty Scholar Associate, Getty Research Institute.

2005 The Associates of the University of Toronto Travel Award (dissertation research based in Paris).

2005 Peter Brieger Fellowship (dissertation research based in the French provinces).

2002-2005 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Grant.

2002-2003 Iter Research Fellow in Art History, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto.

Selected Publications

Book manuscript in progress, Regime of Display: Power and Exhibition Practice in the Paris Salon du Louvre.

"Sugar Spoils: Marie-Antoine Carême and the Gastronomic Architecture of Napoleonic Empire," Art History (forthcoming)

“Turned Earth: The Globalization of the Chinese Plowing Ritual in the Arts of the Eighteenth Century,” The Art Bulletin (forthcoming)

"En périphérie de la cuisine : la nourriture chez Chardin," in Julia Csergo & Olivier Etcheverria eds., Imaginaires de la gastronomie : productions, diffusions, valeurs, enjeux (Paris: Menu Fretin, 2020), pp. 83-109.

"Exhibitions of Manuscript Verse in the Salon du Louvre," Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 48 (2019): 52-73.

"Le Critique à table : Grimod de La Reynière et l'image de la gastronomie," in Julia Csergo & Frédérique Desbuissons eds., Le Cuisinier et l'art. Art du cuisinier et cuisine d'artiste (XVIe-XXIe siècle) (Paris: Institut national d'histoire de l'art /Menu Fretin, 2018), pp. 47-60.

"Pocket Museums: The Display of Art in Women's Almanacs During the First French Empire," in Heidi Strobel and Jennifer Germann, eds., Materializing Gender in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Burlington: Routledge/Ashgate, 2016), pp. 157-172.

Ryan Whyte and Jennifer Purtle, "China fabrizieren: Textile Chinoiserien aus St.Gallen," [Fabricating China: Chinoiserie Textiles from St. Gallen] in Michaela Reichel and Hans Bjarne Thomsen, eds., Kirschblüte & Edelweiss. Der Import des Exotischen (Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2014), pp. 57-93. Exhibition catalogue for the exhibition, "Kirschblüte & Edelweiss. Der Import des Exotischen," Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, March 23-December 30, 2014, marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland.

"Exhibiting Enlightenment: Chardin as tapissier," Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 46, no. 4 (2013): 531–554.

Review of Simon Gikandi, Slavery and the Culture of Taste, in Journal of Curatorial Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013): 125-127.

"Jean Locquin," entry in Philippe Sénéchal and Claire Barbillon, eds., Dictionnaire des historiens de l'art actifs en France de la Révolution française à la Première Guerre mondiale (Paris: Institut national d'histoire de l'art, 2012), 2500 words plus 2500 word bibliography (in French): https://www.inha.fr/fr/ressources/publications/publications-numeriques/dictionnaire-critique-des-historiens-de-l-art/locquin-jean.html

"Repeat Performance: Chardin's Aesthetics of Repetition in the Paris Salons," RACAR–Revue d'art canadienne/Canadian Art Review, XXXVI/1, (2011): 51-62 (double column).

"Understanding Painting, Print and Verse: Chardin's Le Négligé ou Toilette du Matin," in Christina Ionescu and Renata Schellenberg, eds., Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Universities Art Association of Canada

College Art Association

Association for Asian Studies

Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation