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 604.662.4700

 
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Video Documentation

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*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.


JUNE 7
TUE 7pm
Blue Moon Theatre
Shangri La

Artist’s Talk / Marina Roy
Offsite: Marina Roy

Vancouver-based artist Marina Roy discusses her installation Your Kingdom to Command, which uses both natural and processed materials to create a 25-metre mural and sculpture. Her artwork stands out in contrast to the glass and concrete office towers in downtown Vancouver and speaks to transformation in nature, largely due to human industry.

Free. Seating is very limited and first come, first served.

JUNE 11
SAT
11am & 1pm
in the Gallery, 1st floor

Curator’s Tour / Katharina Beisiegel
PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses

Art Centre Basel curator Katharina Beisiegel tours the exhibition and discusses the influential work of Modernist painter Pablo Picasso. This tour explores paintings, works on paper and sculptures connected to the lives and personalities of Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque, six women who were all principal figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced the development of his career.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

JUNE 14
TUE 7pm
UBC Robson Square
Room C300 - Theatre
800 Robson Street

Heller Lecture
Laurence Madeline
Chief Curator, Musées d’art et d’histoire de la Ville de Genève
Picasso: Beyond Muse

PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Laurence Madeline, lauded Picasso expert and Chief Curator at Musées d’art et d’histoire de la Ville de Genève, as our 2016 Heller Lecturer. The 15th Anniversary Heller Lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses. Madeline explores the central role of six women—Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque—in the artistic development of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) through relationships that went far beyond the archetypal one of ”muse.”

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



TICKETS*:
$30 General admission / $20 Members

    SOLD OUT    



JUNE 28
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery, Courtroom 302

Panel Discussion
Photographs – In and Of the Street
Harry Callahan: The Street

SPEAKERS

  • Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Helga Pakasaar, Curator, Presentation House Gallery
  • Stephen Waddell, Artist and Guest Curator of An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

  • The street has long operated as both a site of cultural production and also a source of inspiration for artists. Taking its cue from the work of Modernist photographer Harry Callahan, this panel considers the meaning of photographs taken in and of the street and the inadequacies of categorization associated with terms such as street photography. Short presentations are followed by a conversation between the speakers on a range of topics—from alienation to abstraction to the intersection of public and private life—as these themes play out in the street.

    Free. Seating is first come, first served.

    JULY 8
    FRI 3:30pm
    In the Gallery, 3rd floor
    Meet in the lobby

    Artist’s Tour / Bharti Kher
    BHARTI KHER Matter

    Be the first to see BHARTI KHER: Matter. Join internationally acclaimed artist Bharti Kher for a sneak preview tour of her retrospective exhibition with co-curators Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, and Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art.

    Indian Summer Festival

    The tour is free but to secure your spot please sign in at the Events desk in the Lobby starting at 3pm. Capacity is limited and latecomers cannot be accommodated. (To visit other exhibitions in the Gallery, admission or Membership is required).

    JULY 12
    TUE 7pm
    In the Gallery, 2nd floor

    Curator’s Tour / Grant Arnold
    Harry Callahan: The Street

    Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, tours the exhibition and speaks to Harry Callahan’s lesser-known, black and white and colour street photography.

    Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

    JULY 16
    SAT 3pm
    In the Gallery, 4th floor

    Curator’s Tour / Colin Browne
    I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

    Guest curator Colin Browne shares his extensive original research about the meeting of Emily Carr and Surrealist painter Wolfgang Paalen in Victoria, BC, in 1939, and discusses the exceptional work created by both artists before and after their encounter.

    Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

    JULY 19
    TUE 7pm
    In the Gallery, 2nd Floor

    Artist’s Tour / Stephen Waddell
    NEXT - Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas

    Vancouver-based artist Stephen Waddell discusses his a new body of large scale black and white photographs that explore large underground caverns in the United States, Canada and Lebanon.

    Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

    JULY 26
    TUE 7pm
    In the Gallery

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    AUG 23
    TUE 7pm
    In the Gallery

    Summer Slideshows / David Wisdom

    Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts his legendary communal slideshows. Featuring local artists and arts practitioners, the evening is a warm gathering pairing selected images with music, with introductions by Wisdom and the artists. Each presenter creates a new slideshow to share, and the event is followed by a musical set and a chance to mingle with the artists.

    Doors open and cash bar 6:30pm. Slideshows 7pm. Musical performance 8:30pm

    TICKETS*: $10 General admission
    $5 Members and Students with valid ID

     AVAILABLE SOON 



    AUG 13
    SAT 11am
    Meet at Robson Street entrance
    of the Gallery

    Walking Tour / Zoe Kreye

    Vancouver-based artist Zoe Kreye leads participants in an exploration of the city through a direct relationship with the body. Inspired by The Unlearning Walking Club that invites the public into a moving exploration of sensorial and metaphysical spaces, this tour encourages participants to uncover new ways to activate perceptions and find creative forms of connection. This is the second in a series of walking tours that explore the three sites of the Vancouver Art Gallery—past, present and future—within the urban cityscape.

    Registration required. Details coming soon.

    SEPT 20
    TUE 7pm
    In the Gallery, Room 4East

    Lecture / Colin Browne
    I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

    In this illustrated art historical lecture, guest curator Colin Browne looks at an unexpected moment in the history of Modernist painting occasioned by the meeting of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in Victoria in 1939. This talk also explores their relationship to the culture of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and Paalen’s influence as a painter and theorist on Abstract Expressionism.

    Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

    SEPT 23
    FRI 1pm
    In the Gallery, 1st floor

    Scholar’s Tour / Catherine Soussloff
    PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses

    UBC art history professor Catherine Soussloff tours the exhibition and discusses Picasso’s later works (1955–73) in relation to both the artist’s earlier practice and the history of art in the second half of the 20th century.

    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.