Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Past Exhibitions

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?
with Corey Bulpitt, Roxanne Charles, Navarana Igloliorte, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Haruko Okano and Juliane Okot Bitek

July 14 to October 28, 2018


Ayumi Goto
Rinrigaku, 2016
documentation of performance
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Yuula Benivolski



Peter Morin
Cultural Graffiti in London, 2013
documentation of performance
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Dylan Robinson


Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? is a dialogue between two artists, presented via their individual and collaborative performances. Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin’s work begins with their respective positions as a Japanese diasporic woman and a Tahltan First Nation man, reflecting on the ways in which their bodies and experiences are inscribed by colonialism. Grounded in explorations related to the land, Goto and Morin ask how cultural knowledge and history inform the human experience of place and our perceptions of others.

Drawing on their ancestral cosmologies, Tahltan Nation knowledge and Japanese philosophy and linguistics, the artists attend to the specificities of working between cultures, across Indigenous territories, and within arts institutions. Through this work, the artists create spaces that are inclusive of their mothers, ancestors and others whose voices and presences are often marginalized. In this spirit, the exhibition also includes commissioned works by several artists, including Corey Bulpitt, Roxanne Charles, Navarana Igloliorte, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Haruko Okano and Juliane Okot Bitek. Some of these works will be activated by or respond to performances occurring over the exhibition’s duration. In gathering a multiplicity of voices, Goto and Morin’s work can be seen as creative assemblages, configurations of being in relation to the world that challenge us to envision ways of building interconnected futures.


Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Tarah Hogue, Senior Curatorial Fellow, Indigenous Art



Generously supported by:
Gary R. Bell

EVENTS


JUL 17
TUE 7 PM
Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street

ARTISTS TALK
Resonant Presence and Refusals: Jeneen Frei Njootli, Ayumi Goto,
Peter Morin and Olivia Whetung


Join us at the Contemporary Art Gallery for a panel discussion between four artists who will reflect together on the many shared concerns of their practices. The conversation will be moderated by Kimberly Phillips, Curator, Contemporary Art Gallery, and Tarah Hogue, Senior Curatorial Fellow, Indigenous Art, Vancouver Art Gallery.
A collaboration between the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, this event seeks to register and draw out issues of hospitality, presence and the politics of refusal on the occasion of these artists’ concurrent and upcoming exhibitions in Vancouver.

Admission to the Contemporary Art Gallery is free of charge.

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JUL 21
SAT 2 PM
3rd floor
At the Gallery

PERFORMANCE
this is not us: Ayumi Goto, Tarah Hogue and Peter Morin


This roving Gallery performance by Ayumi Goto, Tarah Hogue and Peter Morin will activate three portrait masks carved by Haida artist Corey Bulpitt, commissioned for the exhibition Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?. The portrait masks both protect the face from view, while revealing a likeness, and draw upon histories of production and practice across cultural contexts. What becomes visible in this encounter?

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.

 
 
SEP 29
SAT 2-5 PM
Room 4East
In the Gallery

Artist Talk and Book Launch: Peter Morin and Ayumi Goto
the all of usness in the room


Join performance artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin as they poetically reflect on their collaborative work and perform a reading from their text Writing. First. Contacts?. The conversation and performance will look to the intersections between temporality, bodies and land to ponder the often unspoken experiences of intercultural relationships.

A reception to celebrate the launch of their artist book, published to accompany the exhibition Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? will follow. The reception will include a cash bar and catering provided by Cedar Feast House.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.