The Canadian Art Database

Nina Levitt

Toronto, Ontario


1997         Master of Fine Arts (Photography), University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
1980         Bachelor of Applied Arts (Media Studies), Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto Ontario
1974-76   Bachelor of Science Program, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.


Canada Council Art Bank
Toronto Photographers Workshop
Private Collections


2010         In the Sovfoto Archives, McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario (March 2010)
2008         Relay, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario (November 2008)
2008         Thin Air, The Koffler Gallery, Bathurst Street Jewish Community Centre, Toronto
2004         Little Breeze, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto at Scarborough
                Little Breeze, Oboro, Montréal
1999         Gravity & Duet: Video Installations, Gallery TPW, Toronto
1994         Critical Details, Gallery TPW, Toronto;Eye Gallery, San Francisco, California; Galerie Vu, Québec;
                Floating Gallery, Winnipeg
1992         Critical Details, Galerie Oboro, Montréal


2007         Otherworldly, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, and Urban Screens Conference, Manchester UK
2006         Nuit Blanche, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (outdoor projection)
2004         The Found and the Familiar, Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Quebec
2003         The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Edmonton Art Gallery,
                The Found and the Familiar: Snapshots in Contemporary Canadian Art; Confederation Art Centre Gallery,
                Charlottetown, PEI; Gallery Connexion, Fredericton, New Brunswick
2002         The Uncanny, Vancouver Art Gallery
                The Found & the Familiar: Snapshots in Contemporary Canadian Art”, Gallery TPW, Toronto
                Excursions: Selections from the Collection”, Gallery TPW, Toronto
                The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture”, Vancouver Art Gallery
                Finding Camp X: Contemporary Considerations of an Enigma" (collaboration  with Nicholas Stedman),
                Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa
2002         Camp X, Oshawa Art Gallery
2001         The Young & the Restless, A Space, Toronto (June)
2001         Pool, Harbourfront Centre York Quay Gallery, Toronto (collaboration with Joey Dubuc)
2000         Orifice (site specific video installation), Robarts Library, University of Toronto,
                commissioned by Images Festival of Film and Video, Toronto
1999         Case Studies: The Word (collaborative installation with Wendy Oberlander), Harbourfront Centre, Toronto,
                for the Ashkenaz
                Festival of New Yiddish Culture,
1999         Space/Site/Self, The Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Chicago IL
1999         Close Encounters, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
1999         Drag City, New Gallery, Calgary          
1997         Gravity, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
1997         Found Missing, Floating Gallery, Winnipeg; Gallery 44 Centre for Photography, Toronto
1996         Drag City, Ace Art, Winnipeg
1996         The TPW Collection: Contemporary Canadian Photography, Gallery TPW, Toronto
1995         Fag-o-sites, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
1993         Dress Codes, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mass.
1993         The New Historic Female, Galerie III, Montréal
1992         Addressing the Forbidden, Brighton Polytechnic Art Gallery, Brighton, England; Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
1992         100 Years of Homosexuality, The Photographers´ Gallery, Saskatoon
1991-92    Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs, Kelvin Grove, Glasgow Scotland; Open Eye, Liverpool England;                 Camerawork, London England; Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge England; The Pavilion, Leeds England
1991         Contre Nature, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montréal
1990         Irreverent Visions, A Space, Toronto
1990         Bed of Roses, A Space, Toronto; Gallery 101, Ottawa
1989-90    The Zone of Conventional Practice & Other Real Stories,  Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Memorial Art
                Gallery, St. John´s, Nfld;
                Toronto Photographers Workshop Gallery and A Space, Toronto; Optica, Montréal; University of Sherbrooke                 Art Gallery, Sherbrooke, Québec; Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver
1988         Real Ideas, Cast Shadows (2-person). Saw Gallery, Ottawa
1987         Sight Specific: Lesbians & Representation, A Space, Toronto

VIDEOGRAPHY (Single Channel)

2008        Thin Air (documentary), 09:30
2006        Comrade Valentina, 1:34 min
2000        Baking With Butch, Episode 2, Co-Director Melissa Levin, 10 min.
1998        Baking With Butch, Episode 1, Co-Director Melissa Levin, 5 min.

2000        Video Art is Queer, The Gladstone Hotel, The Drake Hotel, outdoors at Gay Pride, Toronto
2000        Urban Screens, Manchester UK, 2007l Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia; Pleasure Dome, Toronto
2007        Pleasure Dome, Toronto
2000        Selected Film and Video Festival Screenings Lesbian and Gay Festivals: (Canada) Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, London, Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa (US) San Francisco, Milwaukee, Tampa, New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Rochester, Washington DC, Portland, Chicago, Tucson, Berkeley, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia (International) Amsterdam, London, Milan, Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin


And She Was: Installations Inspired by Women in WWII, Nina Levitt, essays by Shelley Hornstein and Linda Jansma, Oshawa & Toronto: Robert McLaughlin Gallery & the Koffler Gallery, forthcoming December 2008.
Unfolding Memory, Kim Simon, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 2004.
Pool, Carla Garnet, Toronto: Art Gallery at Harbourfront, 2003.
Finding Camp X: Contemporary Considerations of an Enigma, Gary Greenwood, Oshawa: Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2002.
Gravity + Duet: Video Installations, Toronto: Toronto Photographers Workshop, 1999.
Space/Sight/Self, Courtenay Smith ed., Chicago: Smart Museum, University of Chicago, 1998.
Found Missing, Cheryl Sourkes, Toronto: Gallery 44 Centre for Photography, 1996.
Drawing Upon the Palimpsest, Beth Seaton, Montreal: Galerie Oboro, 1992.
100 Years of Homosexuality, Saskatoon: The Photographers' Gallery, 1993.
Addressing the Forbidden: Art Looks at Pornography, Alisdair Foster, Edinburgh: Stills Gallery, 1992.
Stolen Glances: Lesbians Take Photographs, Tessa Boffin, Jean Fraser, eds., London: Pandora Press, 1991.
Bed of Roses, The Women's Sexual Imagery Project, Toronto: A Space, 1990.
The Zone of Conventional Practice & Other Real Stories, Cheryl Simon ed., Montreal: Optica, 1989.
Sight Specific: Lesbians & Representation, Lynne Fernie ed., Toronto: A Space, 1988.


Carte Blanche, Photography 1, Magenta Foundation, 2006. Randy Lee Cutler, "Warning: Sheborgs/Cyberfems Rupture Image-Stream!" in The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture, ed. Bruce Grenville, Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery/Arsenal Press, 2002.
Her absence, this wanderer, Rachel Zolf, Ottawa: Buschek Books, 1999 (book cover).
The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire, Deborah Bright ed., New York: Routledge, 1998.
The Sexual Perspective: Homosexuality in Western Art in the Last 100 Years, Emmanuel Cooper, London: Routledge, 1994.
Sexing the Self: Gendered Positions in Cultural Studies, Elspeth Probyn, New York: Routledge, 1993 (cover).
Monika Gagnon, "Ruptures in the Landscape of the Photograph", in Thirteen Essays on Photography, Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, 1991.
Monika Gagnon, "Work in Progress: Canadian Women in Visual Arts, 1975-1987", in Work In Progress: Building Feminist Culture, Rhea Tregebov ed., Toronto: Women's Press, 1987.


"Untitled Portraits", Tessera, winter 1999.
"Even in Adversity", Fuse, Vol.18 No.3, spring 1995.
"Manu Opera", Trivia #20, winter 1993.
"Embrace", Harbour, Vol.1 No.4, winter 1992.
"Think Nothing of It", Canadian Women´s Studies Journal, spring/summer 1990


Naomi Carniol, "Artist examines tabloid obsession with celebrity sexual orientation," Toronto Star, June 19, 2008.
Fran Schechter, "Thin Air's Heavy Resonance," NOW Magazine, March 13, 2008.
Sholem Krishtalka, "Gathering Storm," Xtra!, March 13, 2008.
Gary Michael Dault, "A memorial to lives lit by the full moon," The Globe & Mail, April 5, 2008.
Vaughan, R.M., "Little Breeze: Potent Reminder of Role Women Spies Played in War," The National Post, December 4, 2004.
Harrington, Kristine, "Little Breeze",
Gary Michael Dault, "Summertime, and the looking is easy," Globe and Mail, June 26, 2004.
Michel Hellman, "Histoire d'espions", Le Devoir, April 11, 2004.
Lynne Crevier, "Little Breeze", Ici, April 21, 2004.
Margaret Rodgers, "Finding Camp X", Canadian Art, winter 2003.
Gillian McIver, "Some Thoughts on the Cyborg Shadow", issue 10.
R.M. Vaughan, "Everybody into the pool", Eye, August 16, 2001
Corinna Ghaznavi, "Divers et Difference", Parachute #100, fall 2000.
Amy Mullin, "Art, Understanding and Political Change", Hypatia, vol.15 no.3, summer 2000.
Susan Douglas, "What is Given to be Seen", Paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal, vol. 6, 2000.
Alexis Vaughn, Allyson Mitchell, "Nina Levitt at Gallery TPW", LOLA #6, summer 2000.
Kim Fullerton, "Queer art Stock-Taking", Xtra! December 30, 1999.
Gary Michael Dault, "Nina Levitt at Gallery TPW", Globe and Mail, October 30, 1999.
Dara Gellman, "Space: the final frontier", Xtra!, November 4, 1999.
Eloy Hernandez, "Lens of Desire", Afterimage, March/April 1999.
Paul Gessell, "Gen X's Close Encounters", Ottawa Citizen, September 28, 1998.
Garth Buchholz, "Powerful images gaze from horrific past", Winnipeg Free Press, April 27, 1996.
Carol Laing, "Critical Details", C magazine, March 1995.
Ingrid Randoja, "Critical Details", NOW, November 17, 1994.
David Eden, "Forbidden world of lesbian history", Xtra!, October 14, 1994.
Shoshanna Addley, "Getting closer to the truth", Quota, October 16, 1994.
Remy Charest, "Critical Details" (Vu), Le Devoir, March 27, 1994.
Alison Gillmor, "Shedding New Light on Old Themes", Winnipeg Free Press, Feb.19, 1994.
Robert McGee, "Currents '93: Dress Codes", Canadian Art, Summer 1993.
Elizabeth Butler, "Nina Levitt", Parachute #70, April 1993.
Jean Dumont, "Nous faisons le monde en le regardant", Le Devoir, January 29, 1993.
Sheila Robertson, "Exhibit challenges myths about homosexuality", Star Phoenix (Sask.), Oct. 31, 1992.
Marie-Michel Cron, "Les liasons (extremement) dangereuses", Le Devoir, Nov. 28, 1992.
Stephane Aquin, "Le Sens du Detail", Voir, November 26, 1992.
Anne Whitelaw, "Contre Nature", Parachute #66, April 1992.
Mona Hakim, "Garde du Corps", Voir, November 28, 1991.
Tessa Boffin & Jean Fraser, "Stolen Glances", Feminist Review, (UK) #38, 1991.
Miranda France, "Subverting the Stereotype", The List (UK), August 1991.
Lorraine Gamman, "Stolen Glances", City Limits (UK), August 22, 1991.
Cheryl Simon, "The Zone of Conventional Practice", Views, The Journal of Photography in New England, Vol.12 No.2, Spring 1991.
Martha Judge, "Purple Haze", Fuse, Vol.13 No.6, Summer 1990.
Leena Raudvee, "Pillow Talk", Fuse, Vol.13 No.3, Winter, 1989.
Ingrid MacDonald, "Sexual Narratives in Bed of Roses", Rites, Vol.6 No.5, Oct. 1989.
Alex Varty, "A Thickly Intellectual Zone", Georgia Straight (Vancouver), Sept. 29, 1989.
Christopher Hume, "Bed of Roses", Toronto Star, September 12, 1989.
Claire Gravel, "Une photographie canadienne particulierement riche", Le Devoir, April 8, 1989.
Nancy Baele, "Real Ideas Cast Shadows", Ottawa Citizen, March 30, 1988.
Colin Campbell, "Lesbians on the Loose", Fuse, Spring 1987.
Pat Ross, "Specifically Lesbian Art", Rites, Vol.4 No.1, May 1987.
Ingrid MacDonald, "Sight Spectacular", Broadside, April 1987.
John Scott, "Sight Specific", C magazine, #14 1987.
Joyce Mason, "Sight Specific", Vanguard, Summer 1987.
Jane Perdue, "Sight Specific", NOW, March 12, 1987.
Robyn Lake, "Filling in the Blanks", Xtra!, March 1987.
Randi Spires, "Unparallel Views", Broadside, June 1985.
John Bentley Mays, "Murals Banned from Bus Shelters", Globe & Mail, Dec. 11, 1982.


Ontario College of Art & Design, 2007.
University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Alberta, 2005.
University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, 2005.
Ontario College of Art & Design, Photography Dept., Toronto, 2002
Fine Art Department, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario, 2000
Photography Symposium, School of Art & Design, U.I.C., Chicago, 1997
Photography Department, Sheridan College, Toronto, 1994
Fine Art Department, Concordia University, Montreal Quebec, 1994
School for Contemporary Art, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver B.C., 1994
Fine Art Department, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario, 1993
Fine Art Department, University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario, 1989
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax Nova Scotia, 1988


"Concealing Nature: The Figure of the Female Spy," Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference, Halifax, 2006.
"Towards a New Pluralism: Research and Collaboration in Canadian Photographic Practices", panel organizer and participant, Society for Photographic Education National Conference, Chicago, March 2006.
"Suits and the Silver Screen: Nina Levitt and RM Vaughan," Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film and Video Festival, 2004
"Reading the Cyborg" Symposium panel, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver B.C., 2002
"Queerish Art" panel moderator, A Space, Toronto, 2002
"Forecasting Memory & Desire" panel, College Art Association Conference, Toronto, 1998
"Past Presences: True Detective Stories by Nina Levitt and Lynne Fernie", Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, 1994
Guest lecture, Eye Gallery, San Francisco CA, 1994
"Stolen Glances" conference panel Stills Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland, 1991
"Contesting the Spheres: Photography, Representation and Gender" panel, Fine Arts Dept., Concordia University, Montreal, 1991
"Photography for Social Change" panel, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, 1991
"Feminism in the 1990s" conference panel, Trent University, Peterborough, 1990


Author, "Ephemeral Presence," Canadian Review of Art Education, volume 34, 2007.
Author, "In the Libraries of Memory" ",, 2004.
Author, "(Dis)Appearing Acts",, 2003.
Author, catalogue essay, Chuck Samuels: Before the Camera, Galerie Vu, Quebec City, Quebec, 1992.
Co-author, Public Exposures: One Decade, Toronto: Toronto Photographers Workshop, 1990.


Assistant Professor, Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, 2004- present.
Past President, Board of Directors, Toronto Photographer Workshop Gallery, Toronto, 2003 - 2008.
Curator, "Book Keepers," Gallery TPW, Toronto, 2004.
Curator, "(Dis)Appearing Acts," Gallery TPW, Toronto, 2003.
Banff Centre for the Arts, New Media Institute Co-Production, Banff, Alta, 2002.
Curator, "Body Takes" (James Luna, Jin-Me Yoon, Deborah Bright, Chuck Samuels), Gallery TPW, Toronto, 1992.
Artist's Residency, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta summer 1992.
Co-Curator, "Public Exposures: One Decade", 10th Anniversary Project of Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, 1990.
Founding Member, Toronto Photographers Workshop, 1981.