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

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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.


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
Annex Workshop

Lecture / ZoŽ Druick
Documentary and the Politics of Authenticity

Walker Evans: Depth of Field

This talk will consider Walker Evans' photographic practice in light of international currents of documentary in the 1920s and 30s. Evans was certainly not alone in balancing the demands of working with state and corporate sponsors in his time. But why were documentary media considered to be such a central technique for political visualization of the era? And how do issues of authenticity persist in documentary practice today?

ZoŽ Druick is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology and Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her research considers histories, theories and trajectories of documentary and reality-based media.

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

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

Artistís Tour / Sonny Assu
We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr

Join interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu for a tour of his exhibition We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr. 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 Indigenous subject matter. 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 collaboration with artist Brendan Tang.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

DEC 6
TUE
7pm
In the Gallery

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

Join Chief Curator/Associate Director Daina Augaitis and guest curator Jesse McKee for a tour of Vancouver Special. This is an opportunity 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.