Current Exhibitions

2002-2014

Across the Province

made possible with the generous support of:

The Killy Foundation

Across the Province is the Vancouver Art Gallery’s provincial touring program, which circulates exhibitions drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection to partner institutions throughout British Columbia. Partners include: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam; Kamloops Art Gallery; Kelowna Art Gallery; Surrey Art Gallery; The Reach Gallery Museum, Abbotsford; and Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George; and the Nanaimo Museum in partnership with the Nanaimo Art Gallery.



Marcel Dzama
Untitled, 2003
Ink, watercolour, rootbeer wash on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of the Artist

Unreal

Since the origins of Surrealism in the 1920s, the tension between the recognizable and the unfamiliar has inspired and informed artistic practices. Unreal, drawn from the Gallery's permanent collection, considers contemporary artists' explorations beyond the rational and looks at the ways in which they delve into ideas around desire, fantasy, anxiety and the absurd. Although many of the images and objects presented may initially appear normal and familiar, upon closer examination these quotidian scenes have been transformed into strange, mysterious and at times nightmarish depictions.

From examinations of human vulnerability to the mining of the unconscious as a source of inspiration, to a conscious turn towards the strange and fantastic as a deliberate strategy to counter the cool rationality of conceptual art, this exhibition considers the diversity and innovation with which artists explore the many edges of reality. Artists include Francis Bacon, Maxwell Bates, Marcel Dzama, Jock Macdonald, Eric Metcalfe, Al Neil and Cindy Sherman, among many others.

Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
September 12 – November 7, 2013

Kelowna Art Gallery
January 11 – March 9, 2014

Kamloops Art Gallery
April 5 – June 14, 2014

Unreal is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of The Killy Foundation. Unreal is curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director.



Leon Golub
The Heretic’s Fork, 1985-1994
acrylic on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund

Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness presents art that reflects a number of social and political conditions, from the effects of war, government action and industrial exploitation, to the social dynamics of society, especially in relation to gender and identity politics. Featuring work by 27 twentieth century artists, including Ed Burtynsky, Magdalena Campos-Pons, Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, the works in the exhibition bear witness to the powerful forces that shape our lives and the world.

Kamloops Art Gallery
January 15 – March 12, 2012

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
April 12 – June 10, 2012

Kelowna Art Gallery
June 30 – August 26, 2012

Bearing Witness is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with generous support from The Killy Foundation and Odlum Brown Limited. Bearing Witness is curated by Ian Thom, senior curator, historical.

Robert Davidson: Printmaker

Robert Davidson
Sara’s Birth Announcement, 1973
screenprint on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,Gift of Joan Lowndes
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Eagle Transforming: The Prints of Robert Davidson


Surrey Art Gallery
April 17 – June 21, 2010

Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George
January 20 – April 3, 2011

Eagle Transforming: The Prints of Robert Davidson is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of Odlum Brown Limited.

Pop Prints

Richard Hamilton
Adonis in Y Fronts, 1963
screenprint on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of J. Ron and Jacqueline Longstaffe
Photo: Henri Robideau, Vancouver Art Gallery

Pop Prints


Kelowna Art Gallery
May 10 – July 27, 2008

Kamloops Art Gallery
January 18 – March 22, 2009

Surrey Art Gallery
April 4 – June 14, 2009

Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George
November 19, 2009 – February 7, 2010

Pop Prints is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of Spectra Energy.

B.C. Binning

B.C. Binning
Convoy at Rendezvous, 1948
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Bequest of C.S. Band
Photo: Jim Gorman, Vancouver Art Gallery

B.C. Binning


Vancouver Art Gallery
January 13 – April 29, 2007

Kelowna Art Gallery
June 16 – September 9, 2007

Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George
September 27 – November 25, 2007

B.C. Binning was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of RBC Foundation.

Dawn: Sketches by the Group of Seven

Frederick Horsman Varley
Dawn, c. 1929
oil on wood panel
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisitions Fund
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery
Image reproduced courtesy of the estate of Kathleen G. McKay

Dawn: Sketches by the Group of Seven


Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George
March 30—June 18, 2006

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
July 7 – September 24, 2006

Kelowna Art Gallery
December 2, 2006 – February 18, 2007

Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
July 10 – October 7, 2008

Dawn: Sketches by the Group of Seven was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of The Rix Family Foundation. Dawn was the inaugural exhibition in the Vancouver Art Gallery's provincial touring program Across the Province, which circulates exhibitions drawn from the Gallery's permanent collection to communities in British Columbia.

National/International

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents approximately 15 temporary exhibitions annually, from which it selects major in-house curated exhibitions to travel to museums and galleries across Canada and around the world.





Skeena Reece
Raven: On the Colonial Fleet, 2010
Performance regalia
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Sebastien Krete

Jordan Bennett
Turning Tables, 2010
Walnut, oak, spruce and audio
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

BEAT NATION: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

Beat Nation explores the connections between Aboriginal cultures, hip hop and art. The exhibition brings together 28 artists from across the continent—from the West Coast, as far north as Alaska and Nunavut, as far east as Labrador and as far south as New Mexico. The artists mix together forms of urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity, borrowing from music, street culture and Aboriginal traditions to create innovative and unexpected new works—in painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video—that reflect the current realities of Aboriginal peoples today.

As Aboriginal identities and cultures continue to shift and change, and as artists reinvent older traditions into new forms of expression, their commitment to politics, to storytelling, to Aboriginal languages, to the land and rights remains constant, whether these are stated with drums skins or turntables, natural pigments or spray paint, ceremonial dancing or break dancing.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
December 15, 2012 – May 5, 2013

Kamloops Art Gallery
June 29 – September 7, 2013
Made possible with the generous support of The Killy Foundation

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
October 10, 2013 – January 2, 2014

Dalhousie Art Gallery and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax
March 22 – May 18, 2014

Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina
July 5 – September 7, 2014

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of grunt gallery. Beat Nation is co-curated by Kathleen Ritter, Associate Curator (former), Vancouver Art Gallery and Tania Willard, a Secwepemc artist, designer and curator. This exhibition was made possible with the generous support of Mark McCain & Caro MacDonald/ Eye and I, Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, Gary R. Bell and Rick Erickson & Donna Partridge.

Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr's Coastal Landsapes

Charles Edenshaw
Sea Bear Bracelet
late 19th century
silver
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Purchase 1974, 1981.108.1

Charles Edenshaw

Charles Edenshaw (1839-1920) was recognized in his time as an exceptional Haida artist and remains an iconic figure in Northwest Coast art. His work serves as a testament to a tremendous individual spirit and a singular talent. With pieces assembled from public and private collections from around the world, this first major survey of Edenshaw's work features the full range of objects that he produced.

Haida art and culture is recognized around the world and Edenshaw, to this day, stands as one of its greatest luminaries. This exhibition marks a homecoming of sorts, the first time that such a large number of Edenshaw's works in many mediums have been brought together, providing audiences with a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to explore the collected works of this Northwest Coast master. The exhibition is complemented by a fully-illustrated book co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing (London).

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
March 7 – May 25, 2014

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario
June 27 – September 21, 2014

Organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Robin K. Wright, Director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art and Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director with Haida advisors: James Hart and Robert Davidson.

Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr's Coastal Landsapes

Emily Carr
Old Time Coast Village, 1929-1930
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery,
Emily Carr Trust
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr's Coastal Landscapes

Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes features 35 paintings spanning from Carr’s early experiments with European modernism, to her powerful first encounters with Canadian aboriginal art and culture, her mature landscape work, and a final series of works from the period 1940-1942 when she returned to First Nations subjects. This exhibition presents a survey of work by one of Canada’s most important artists.

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
March 5 – June 5, 2011

Art Gallery of Hamilton
May 12 – October 28, 2012

Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr's Coastal Landscapes is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, senior curator, historical.

The Tree

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun
Clear Cut to the Last Tree, 1993
screenprint on paper
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social


Vancouver Art Gallery [full exhibition]
February 2 – April 20, 2008

Kamloops Art Gallery
June 7 – September 6, 2009

Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
October 23 – November 28, 2009

Kelowna Art Gallery
July 24 – September 26, 2010

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
June 16 – October 9, 2011

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
January 28 – April 22, 2012

The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, chief curator/associate director, with Emmy Lee, assistant curator.

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall

Fiona Tan
The Changeling, 2006
video still
Courtesy of the Artist

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall


Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
January 30 – April 18, 2010

Vancouver Art Gallery
May 8 – September 6, 2010

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
September 25, 2010 – January 21, 2011

Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal
February 25 – April 2, 2011

Fiona Tan: Rise and Fall is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Aargauer Kunsthaus.

Emily Carr

Emily Carr
Loggers?Culls, 1935
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of Miss I. Parkyn
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Jack Shadbolt

Jack Shadbolt
Break-Up, 1977-79
acrylic and latex on watercolour board
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of J. Ron Longstaffe
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt


Vancouver Art Gallery [full exhibition]
May 30 – November 8, 2009

Kamloops Art Gallery
January 23 – March 21, 2010

Two Visions: Emily Carr and Jack Shadbolt is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

KARAZY! The Delerious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art

KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art (book cover)
Douglas & McIntyre, the University of California Press and the Vancouver Art Gallery, 2008, 272 pages

KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games


Vancouver Art Gallery
May 17 – September 7, 2008

Japan Society Gallery, New York
March 12 – June 14, 2009

KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Manga + Video Games was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon

Emily Carr
Totem Poles, Kitseukla, 1912
oil on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Founders' Fund
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon


National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
June 2 – September 3, 2006

Vancouver Art Gallery
October 7, 2006—January 7, 2007

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
March 3 – May 20, 2007

Musée des beaux arts, Montréal
June 21 – September 23, 2007

Glenbow Museum, Calgary
October 25, 2007 – January 26, 2008

Emily Carr: New Perspectives on a Canadian Icon was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.



Takao Tanabe
Tennis, 1961
oil on canvas
Collection of the artist
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Takao Tanabe


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
October 7, 2005 – January 2, 2006

Vancouver Art Gallery
January 21 – April 17, 2006

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
May 27 – August 27, 2006

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
January 27 – May 27, 2007

Takao Tanabe was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Brian Jungen

Brian Jungen
Prototype for New Understanding #8, 1999
Nike athletic footwear
Collection of Colin Griffiths, Vancouver
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Brian Jungen


New Museum, New York
September 29 – December 31, 2005

Vancouver Art Gallery
January 28 – April 30, 2006

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
May 25 – September 4, 2006

Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
December 2, 2006 – February 11, 2007

Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
March 8 – May 20, 2007

Brian Jungen was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, with the support of The Audain Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Foreign Affairs Canada (US venues only).

Body: New Art From the UK

Body: New Art From the UK
Vancouver Art Gallery installation view, 2005
Photo: Tomas Svab, Vancouver Art Gallery

Body: New Art from the UK


Vancouver Art Gallery
May 28 – September 5, 2005

The Ottawa Art Gallery
November 25, 2005 – February 5, 2006

Oakville Galleries
April 8 – June 4, 2006

Edmonton Art Gallery / Art Gallery of Alberta
June 23 – September 3, 2006

Body: New Art from the UK was a joint project of the Vancouver Art Gallery and the British Council.

Massive Change

Massive Change:
The Future of Global Design

Vancouver Art Gallery installation view, 2005
Photo: Tomas Svab, Vancouver Art Gallery

Massive Change: The Future of Global Design


Vancouver Art Gallery
October 2, 2004 – January 3, 2005

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
March 11 – May 29, 2005

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
September 16 – December 31, 2006

Massive Change: The Future of Global Design was a project by Bruce Mau Design and the Institute without Boundaries, commissioned and organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Lawrence Weiner Poster Archive

Lawrence Weiner
Then Now & Then, 1997
offset lithograph on paper
Collection of Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of Moved Pictures Archive
Photo: Tim Bonham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Lawrence Weiner Poster Archive


Bury Art Gallery and Museum, Bury, UK
June 25 – September 4, 2005

Lawrence Weiner Poster Archive was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Rodney Graham: A Little Thought

Rodney Graham
Camera Obscura, 1979
chromogenic print, cibachrome print, model
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund
Photo: Jim Gorman, Vancouver Art Gallery

Rodney Graham: A Little Thought


Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
March 31 – June 27, 2004

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
July 25 – November 29, 2004

Vancouver Art Gallery
February 5 – May 8, 2005

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
September 10 – December 23, 2005

Rodney Graham: A Little Thought was organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Baja to Vancouver

Sharon Oksanen & Scott Livingstone
Vanishing Point, 2001 DVD,
approximately 4 minutes
Courtesy of the artists

Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art


Seattle Art Museum
October 9, 2003 – January 4, 2004

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
January 18 – May 16, 2004

Vancouver Art Gallery
June 5 – August 29, 2004

CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco
September 22 – December 11, 2004

Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art was organized by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

E.J Hughes

E.J. Hughes
Comox Valley, 1953
oil on canvas and composition board
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

E.J. Hughes


Vancouver Art Gallery
January 30 – June 8, 2003

McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
November 29, 2003 – February 15, 2004

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
March 11 – June 13, 2004

E.J. Hughes was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and generously sponsored by The Audain Foundation.

Liz Magor

Liz Magor
House Plant, 1993
clay, fluorescent light, silicone rubber
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Acquisition Fund
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Liz Magor


Vancouver Art Gallery
November 16, 2002 – February 23, 2003

The Power Plant, Toronto
March 21 – May 25, 2003

Liz Magor was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture

Lewis Wickes Hine
Power House Mechanic Working on Steam Pump, 1920
silver gelatin print
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery

The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture


The Vancouver Art Gallery
February 9 – May 26, 2002

Edmonton Art Gallery
November 29, 2002 – February 23, 2003

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon
June 6 – September 7, 2003

The Uncanny: Experiments in Cyborg Culture was organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Gathie Falk

Gathie Falk
Blue Running Shoes, c.1973
glazed earthenware
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of J. Ron Longstaffe
Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Gathie Falk


Vancouver Art Gallery
February 12 – June 4, 2000

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
October 27, 2000 – January 7, 2001

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
June 2 – September 2, 2001

MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina
September 28, 2001 – January 6, 2002

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
February 1 – May 5, 2002

Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton
September 14 – November 17, 2002

Gathie Falk was organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada.

To learn more about our available touring exhibitions, please contact curatorial@vanartgallery.bc.ca