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.

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Video Documentation

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

*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated.
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.

OCT 26
WED 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
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Canadian Art Encounters: International Artists Series / Wolfgang Tillmans*

The Canadian Art Foundation, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, hosts a talk with the critically acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans will be joined in conversation by New York and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough.

Doors open 6:30pm. Artistís Talk 7pm.

TICKETS*: Thank you for your interest in this event. Unfortunately, this talk is sold out. Please visit our calendar page for listings of other upcoming public programs.

For full details, visit our
Special Events page ».

Canadian art

Presented by BMO Financial Group. Sponsored by Goethe-Institut.

OCT 29
1:30pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 1st floor

Curatorís Tours / Jerry L. Thompson: 1:30pm / John T. Hill: 3pm
Walker Evans: Depth of Field

At 1:30pm photographer Jerry L. Thompson tours the exhibition Walker Evans: Depth of Field with Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art. An artist and long-time associate of Walker Evans, Thompson discusses the photography of this influential figure and the lasting legacy of his work.

At 3pm guest curator John T. Hill offers his insights into the exhibition in conversation with curator Grant Arnold. As a photographer, designer and writer, and a friend and colleague of Walker Evans, Hill shares his in-depth knowledge of and passion for Evansí photography.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

In the Gallery

Welcome to Juxtapoz x Superflat
Juxtapoz x Superflat

Join Juxtapoz x Superflat curators and artists for an afternoon of drop-in and registered public programs to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. This series of events provides an introduction to several of the ideas and artworks that make up this dynamic survey of contemporary visual art from Japan, China, Korea, Europe, the United States and Canada.

Participating curators and artists: Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz Art & Culture, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery, Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor (United States), Lucy Sparrow (England), Katsuya Terada (Japan) and Yuji Ueno (Japan).

Check out the Special Events page » for the full schedule of activities.

TUES 7pm
In the Gallery, Room 4East

Spoken Word Performance / Molly Billows
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

Through spoken word performance, poet Molly Billows responds to the narrative in the exhibition of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalenís early 20th century artworks. Billowsí storytelling interjects a new perspective and voice into the story of Carr and Paalenís travels through British Columbia and their artistic response to the land, people and art of the Northwest Coast First Nations.

Molly Billows is swift waters, secrets and salal berries. Northern Coast Salish from the Homalco Nation, she was adopted-out and grew up in and around Victoria. She has been living as a visitor in Vancouver, on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations since 2011. She is a queer, mixed, urban, Indigenous feminist, a spoken word poet, facilitator and youth worker. She hopes to weave together stories in ways that lift up her communities and contribute to collective healing, rage, resurgence and love.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

NOV 22
TUES 7pm
In the Gallery, Courtroom 302
3rd floor, Annex Building

Artist's Talk / Khan Lee in conversation with Barbara Cole
Offsite: Khan Lee

In this talk, artist Khan Lee discusses making art for public spaces with curator and public art consultant Barbara Cole. Their conversation will consider Leeís practice, looking at examples of his work with the artist collective Instant Coffee, his new installation Red, Green and Blue at Offsite, and a recent land art installation in Japan. Lee and Cole will also reflect on recent developments in public art in Vancouver and share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of exhibiting contemporary art in shared social spaces.

Khan Lee produces sculpture, video, installation and performance works, which frequently draw on everyday objects and situations. In recent years, the artist has also created a number of public artworks. Red, Green and Blue is a site-specific installation at Vancouver Art Galleryís Offsite space, which proposes a field of fabricated organic forms and filtered light.

Barbara Cole is Executive Director of Other Sights for Artists Projects, a collective of Vancouver-based individuals with expertise in curating, project management, presentation, delivery and promotion of temporary art projects in public spaces..

Free, seating is limited and first come, first served.

NOV 26
SAT 3pm
In the Gallery, 1st floor

Special Guest Tour / ZoŽ Druick with Grant Arnold
Walker Evans: Depth of Field

ZoŽ Druick, Associate Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art + Technology at Simon Fraser University, and Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, tour the ambitious retrospective Walker Evans: Depth of Field. This tour offers a look at the interplay between art and politics. Druick situates the work of American photographer Walker Evans within the larger context of documentary practices and state sponsorship of the 1930s while Arnold speaks to this canonical artistís oeuvre.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

1pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Artistís Tour / Sonny Assu
In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu

Join interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu for a tour of his exhibition In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu. Challenging the colonial gaze, Assu merges Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility to intervene into the work of Modernist painter Emily Car and her representations of the landscape and First Nations people. Assu will discuss select sculptural works, his ongoing series Interventions on the Imaginary, which includes digital tags based on a selection of Carr paintings from the Vancouver Art Galleryís collection and a new collaboration with ceramic artist Brendan Tang.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

In the Gallery

Curatorsí Tour / Jesse McKee and Daina Augaitis
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasure

Join guest curator Jesse McKee and Chief Curator/Associate Director Daina Augaitis for a tour of Vancouver Special. This is a chance to hear the curators talk about the artists and ideas that are current in Vancouverís contemporary art scene.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated.
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.