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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Site Unseen

June 16 to September 16, 2018


Lorraine Gilbert
Untitled (Reading Paper) (from Vancouver–Montreal Night Works), 1982–86
chromogenic print
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist


Site Unseen places lens-based works from the Gallery’s permanent collection in dialogue with select loans to explore the way contemporary photographic artists--who start with a documentary impulse to record the landscape—use diverse strategies to create uncanny results. Artists in Site Unseen push the boundaries of their medium by introducing visual distortions or chromatic disturbances resulting from their singular processes to produce images that are simultaneously of this world and alien. Sigmund Freud stated that “the uncanny was not to be found in the exotic but the everyday,” equating the uncanny with that which is familiar and strange at once. The title of the exhibition points to the way artists ask viewers to abandon perceptual habits and demand that they look at the urban and rural sites around us with fresh eyes. Site Unseen reveals artists’ fascination with the camera’s ability to describe the world, while recognizing the play between reality and artifice that inevitably shapes every such account, ultimately questioning the idea of a photograph as a factual record. Artists in the exhibition include Marten Elder, Lorraine Gilbert, Rodney Graham, Mark Lewis, Thomas Ruff, Diana Thater.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Emmy Lee Wall, Assistant Curator