lectures and talks

The Gallery's public lectures, classes and discussion groups presented by artists, curators, art historians, critics and collectors are springboards for understanding and appreciating the world of art and visual culture, for exchanging ideas and for debating issues. These events take many forms, ranging from traditional slide presentations to informal artists' talks in the galleries. They bring renowned scholars, critics and artists to Vancouver, setting local art and artists in an international framework and drawing together some of the brightest minds of our time.

For more information please call 604.662.4719

Video Documentation

Visit the Gallery's video page, to view documentation of lectures and talks.
VideosVimeo - Vancouver Art Gallery


March 9-20, 12-4pm, daily
Weekly Family Programs
Spring Break 2015 / in the Gallery
Look Make and Create this Spring Break! Explore the exhibition with our Art Agents and check out our creative and fun hands- on activities in The Making Place during this extended offering of our Weekly Family Programs. What better way to spend a spring break day?

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Spring Break 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 7pm
From the Collection: The Poetics of Space
Artists' Talk & Tour / Arabella Campbell, James Nizam, Robert Young / in the Gallery, 3rd Floor, Meet at the Title Wall
Program coordinator Katherine Dennis leads this tour with exhibiting artists Arabella Campbell, James Nizam and Robert Young, stopping to speak with the artists in front of their art. Short presentations about the works will explore perspectives on mapping the landscape, memory and domestic space.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Poetics of Space

Tuesday, March 17, 7pm
Heller Lecture
To Move Mountains: Old Script and New Practices in Contemporary Chinese Art / Eugene Wang
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University, as the 14th annual Heller Lecturer. This illustrated lecture, To Move Mountains: Old Script and New Practices in Contemporary Chinese Art addresses the complex relationships that tradition and history have within contemporary Chinese art. Presented alongside Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Art, it builds on the current exhibition's key themes, with a fulsome discussion about how tradition is transformed through personal experiences, politics and contemporary art practices.

Eugene Wang, a native of Jiangsu, China, studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and subsequently at Harvard University. He began teaching at Harvard University in 1997, and became the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art in 2005. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, his extensive publications cover the entire range of Chinese art history from ancient funerary art to modern and contemporary Chinese art and cinema. Recent books include the award-winning, Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China (2005) and his work as the art history associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Macmillan, New York, 2004). He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Studies, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the editorial board of The Art Bulletin.

Buy Tickets Now for this highly anticipated lecture.
Tickets: $20 for Members
$30 for the General Public
Not a Member? Join or Renew now.

Doors at 6:30pm. Tickets available at the door - cash and visa only.

Generously supported by Paul and Edwina Heller in memory of Kitty Heller

If you have any questions, call Katherine Dennis, Public Program Coordinator, Adult Programs
at 604.662.4700 ext 2214 or e-mail talks@vanartgallery.bc.ca

Heller Lecture

Heller Lecture

Thursday, March 26, 6-8pm / Opening Remarks: 6:30pm
Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron
and the Vancouver Art Gallery

Opening Reception / Christine Binswanger, Senior Partner
in the Gallery

The Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Art Gallery and Kathleen S. Bartels, Director, are pleased to invite you to a special reception in celebration of the opening of the exhibition.

This is an invitation only event.

RSVP by Thurs, Mar 20, 2015

Visionary Partner for Leadership Circle:

Material Future

Tuesday, March 31, 6pm
Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey
Artist's Tour / Landon Mackenzie / in the Gallery (4th floor, meet at title wall)
To mark the last week of her exhibition, artist Landon Mackenzie will give a final public tour of Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey. Come hear Mackenzie speak to the works of Emily Carr 80 years later, as well as to her own journey as a Canadian painter.

Free for Members or Gallery Admission

Landon Mackenzie

Tuesday, March 31, 7pm
Art Rental & Sales
Artist's Talk / Sara Robichaud / in the Gallery, AR&S Showroom
Robichaud's work is rooted in formalist painting, engaging the viewer in an inquiry between the atmospheric and lyrical quality of the form and the hard physicality of material. Her process includes staining, layering from chalky opaque paints to transparent saturated colours, taping, scraping heavy gel and using lace as a stencil. Enmeshed with personal life experience, Sara's paintings explore generational feminine themes using an alluring and original visual language.

To register for the March 31 artist talk call the showroom at 604.662.4716 or manager@artrentalandsales.com. Space is limited.

Art Rental & Sales


Tuesday, April 14, 7pm
Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun
Artist's Talk / Andrew Dadson / in the Gallery, 3rd floor
Andrew Dadson discusses his working methods and the work on view as part of Over the Sun.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.
Seating & Tickets: Tickets available from 5pm in the Gallery Lobby
from the Admissions and Membership desks.

This talk will take place in the exhibition Over the Sun and space is limited.
Seating begins at 6:30pm and is first come, first served.

Over the Sun
Wednesday, April 15, 8am-8pm
The Associates
Day Tour / Art-Food-Travel / La Conner, WA
Join the Associates of the Vancouver Art Gallery for an art-filled day tour to La Conne, WA, to visit two museums and partake in some fine dining... find out more »

For Associate Members only. Fees apply

The Associates
Thursday, April 16, 7pm
The Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts + VIVA Award
Audain Prize / Great Hall, Vancouver Law Courts, 800 Smithe Street
The Audain Prize honours lifetime achievement in the visual arts and is entirely funded by the Audain Foundation. The VIVA Award, established by the late Jack and Doris Shadbolt, recognizes mid-career BC artists. Also awarded this year, the curatorial achievement award in the name of Alvin Balkind, funded by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Free to the public

The Audain Prize

Friday, April 24, 8pm-1am
Art Music Performance / in the Gallery Store
Live performances in the Gallery spaces, dJs and unexpected surprises make FUSE Vancouver's favourite art party-a place to see some of the best in local performance art, theatre, contemporary dance and music.

FUSE Admission*: Online advance ticket: $20 (+tax) | Free for Gallery Members.
Tickets available in February 2015.

*No passes or discounts valid for FUSE admission. Senior, Student and General Admission tickets do not apply towards FUSE admission.


Tuesday, April 28, 6:30pm
Beyond the Trees: Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr
Artists' Talk / Wallpapers / in the Gallery, Room 4East
Artist collective, Wallpapers (Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly) discuss their art practice as it relates to an expanded field of photography and the moving image. Wallpapers uses computer-generated animated patterns to produce site-specific installations. This artists' talk is presented alongside the exhibition Beyond the Trees: Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr, which considers the relationship between painted and digital representations of nature, exploring how they can coexist.

A public reception follows the talk from 7:30-8:30pm in the Rooftop Pavilion, located on the 4th floor in the Gallery.

This talk is presented in conjunction with Capture Photography Festival.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.
Seating & Tickets: Tickets available from 5pm in the Gallery Lobby
from the Admissions and Membership desks.

Doors open at 6pm. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Beyond the Trees

Thursday, April 30, 4pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Curator's Tour / Ian Thom / in the Gallery, 1st floor
Senior Curator Ian Thom tours the exhibition Cézanne and the Modern and shares his knowledge of the Pearlman Collection and the significance of the works on view, including a singular collection of Cézanne watercolours.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Cezanne and the Modern


Saturday, May 2, 3pm
Cézanne and the Modern:
Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection

Lecture / Barbara Tyner / in the Gallery, Room 4East
Expanding the Picture: Women Artists of Modernism
Notice anything missing from the exhibition Cézanne and the Modern? In this lively talk, Barbara Tyner presents an expanded picture of Modernism that includes female artists. She playfully pairs each male artist in the show with an important female artist whose work offers a parallel in medium, style, mode of depiction, subject matter and influence. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec finds his analogue in Suzanne Valadon, Edgar Degas goes tête-à-tête with Mary Cassatt and Cezanne meets his match in an equally revolutionary painter (but we'll have to leave Europe to find her). These women are not lesser artists, and were successful painters and sculptors of the vanguard who worked in an exhilarating modernist vocabulary alongside their male counterparts.

Barbara Tyner is an art historian, writer, lecturer and filmmaker specializing in creative approaches to women's art history. She earned her BA at UCLA and her MA at the University of New Mexico, and has taught and lectured extensively on her specialties for the last 15 years

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.
Seating & Tickets: Tickets available from 1:30pm in the Gallery Lobby
from the Admissions and Membership desks.

Doors open at 2:30pm. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Cezanne and the Modern

Tuesday, May 12, 6pm
Offsite: Reena Saini Kallat
Artist's Talk / Reena Saini Kallat / in the Gallery, Room 4East, 4th floor
Mumbai-based artist Reena Saini Kallat recreates migration routes across the world through a symbolic web of human and cultural movement and exchange. In this artist talk, Kallat discusses her interest in the notion of the map as dynamic, ever changing, transfer of data and energy through the movement and intersection of travellers.

This talk is presented in anticipation of her Offsite installation,
which opens Thursday, May 14 at 6pm.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Offsite is located on West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute, West of the Shangri-La Hotel.
Reena Saini Kallat

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