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.
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Jan

Friday, January 9, 6:30pm
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Lecture / John Kieschnick / UBC Robson Square, Theatre-Room C300 (lower level) 800 Robson Street
Professor Kieschnick, a specialist in Chinese Buddhism with particular emphasis on its cultural history, presents a lecture regarding prayer beads in connection with imperial portraits and The Forbidden City. Kieschnick is Co-Director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, and is the author of the Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval China and The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture. He is currently working on a book on Buddhist interpretations of the past in China, and a primer for reading Buddhist texts in Chinese.

Co-presented with The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society as part of the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series

Free to the public. Registration required.

Register Online

the Forbidden City

Tuesday, January 27, 7pm
Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey
Lecture / Gerta Moray & Sarah Milroy / Annex Workshop, in the Gallery
Emily Carr goes to Dulwich: Sarah Milroy and Gerta Moray discuss Carr's emergence onto the international stage. This presentation features talks about Emily Carr by both Dr. Gerta Moray, a professor of art history and Sarah Milroy, veteran art critic and co-curator of the recent survey of Emily Carr's work From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia. The focus on Carr highlights her growing international reputation as well as a continued interest locally in evaluating and re-evaluating the influence of her painting.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

Landon Mackenzie

Friday, January 30, 8pm-1am
FUSE
FUSExPuSh: PuSh Festival Edition / Art Music Performance / in the Gallery Store
Artists from the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival descend upon the Gallery for an unforgettable evening of interdisciplinary performances. Find out more »



FUSE Admission*: Online advance ticket: $20 (+tax) | Free for PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Passholders and Gallery Members.

Presented in collaboration with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

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


FUSE

Feb

Monday, February 9, 12-4pm
Weekly Family Programs
BC Family Day / in the Gallery
Come and celebrate BC Family Day at the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 9, 2015. There will be an exciting range of activities to participate in throughout the day.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.
FREE for children 12 & under

BC Family Day

Tuesday, February 10, 7pm
From the Collection: The Poetics of Space
Artists' Talk & Tour / Daina Augaitis, Michael Drebert, Shelagh Keeley, Renée Van Halm / in the Gallery, 3rd Floor
Exhibition co-curator Daina Augaitis leads this tour with Renée Van Halm, Shelagh Keeley and Michael Drebert, artists whose works are part of the exhibition. Short presentations about the works will explore cultural, phenomenological and conceptual approaches to considering space.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

The Poetics of Space

Wednesday, February 11, 7pm
Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art
Animated Films of Sun Xun / Sun Xun / Pacific Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street
This selection of animated films by Sun Xun use traditional materials like charcoal, paint, ink and woodblock to create stunning sequences that depict the destructive force of human impulses with a range of motifs. The incredible hand-made animations that result take their inspiration from political cartoons, biology books, instruction manuals and newsreels. Blending a deep interest in history with a sense of fantasy and metaphor, these films explore themes of societal development and revolution, while avoiding didactic (or politically dangerous) conclusions about China's government. By couching criticism in surreal metaphor the works establish and portray a series of recurring characters, such as animals and insects, which stand in for human emotions, or a magician dressed in a black suit who represents a generic government official type who is characterized as "the only legal liar." The artist's hand and personal language reveal a search for another world, and in so doing places viewers in one of his own making – both dreamlike and apocalyptic.

Program:
  • Mythos, 2006, 12:36
  • Beyond-ism, 2010, 8:08
  • Some actions which haven't been defined yet in the revolution, 2011, 12:22 21G, 2010, 27:00
Free to the public

Unscrolled

Friday, February 13, 6-8pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Leadership Opening / in the Gallery
Join fellow Leadership Circle Members for the Leadership Opening of Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection. To find out more about the Leadership Circle, click here »

For Leadership Circle Members only.

Leadership Opening

Friday, February 13, 8-10pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Members Opening / in the Gallery
Join a few thousand of your fellow Members to mark the opening of this exciting new exhibition. To find out more about the benefits of Membership, click here »

For Members only. Present your Membership card and receive admission for you and one guest.

Members Opening

Saturday, February 14, 3pm
From the Collection: The Poetics of Space
Performance / Lin Snelling & Shelagh Kealey / in the Gallery, 3rd floor
Choreographer Lin Snelling will perform an improvisational dance related to the installation of Shelagh Keeley's after Lucretius / De Rerum Natura / the nature of things, 2012.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Poetics of Space

Tuesday, February 24, 7pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Lecture / Matthew Simms on Paul Cézanne / in the Gallery, Room 4East
Harmony, consonance and sympathy with the real are three major elements in the work of Cézanne. This lecture by Ceanne scholar Matthew Simm will address the unique place of Cezanne in the development of Modernism.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Cezanne and the Modern

Sat-Sun, February 28-March 1, 10am-5pm
Family FUSE Weekend
SPACE + PLACE / in the Gallery
MAKE! MOVE! DISCOVER! Join artist, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they explore the ideas of Space + Place through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops throughout the gallery. experiment, learn and play.

Admission to Family FUSE Weekend is free for Gallery Members and for children 12 & under when accompanied by an adult

Family FUSE Weekend

Mar

Tuesday, March 3, 7pm
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Lecture / Cathy Soussloff on Chaim Soutine / in the Gallery, Room 4East
Art historian Cathy Soussloff presents an in-depth lecture on the remarkable painting of Chaim Soutine, with a particular focus on portraiture.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Cezanne and the Modern

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 / Emmy Lee Wall, Arabella Campbell James Nizam, Robert Young / in the Gallery, 3rd Floor
Exhibition co-curator Emmy Lee Wall introduces this tour with Arabella Campbell, James Nizam, and Robert Young, stopping to speak with the artists in each section of the exhibition. Short presentations about the works will explore non-traditional manners of mapping, the psychic weight of domestic spaces, and the fracturing of form.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Poetics of Space

Tuesday, March 17, 7pm
Heller Lecture
Eugene Wang / UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University, as the 14th annual Heller Lecture. This illustrated lecture, (To Move Mountains: Contemporary Chinese Art and Its Historical Roots( will address the continuing prevalence of early traditional methods of working in contemporary Chinese art. This lecture is presented alongside the exhibition Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Art, building on its key themes and ideas with a fulsome discussion about the continued practice of a variety of traditional forms in a contemporary Chinese art.

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-winnng, 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.

Tickets: $20 for Members and $30 for the General Public. Available online beginning in February 2015, please check back for details.

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

Heller Lecture

Tuesday, March 31, 7pm
Art Rental & Sales
Artists' 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

April

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

Free for Members or with Gallery admission

Over the Sun

Friday, April 24, 8pm-1am
FUSE
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.

FUSE

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