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Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, director Alexander Rose, theoreticians Arthur Kroker and
Amanda Boetzkes, Hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation Ian Campbell, and architects Michael
Green, Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, Inge Roecker, Alec Smith and Matthew Soules in a special one-
day forum. The Annual Heller Lecture, held May 26, 2011 featured historian and surrealist art
authority Dawn Ades, curator of
The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art
, who
gave an in-depth presentation on the creation of the exhibition. The first new Annual Emerging
Artist Lecture, highlighting the work of a local artist whose practice is burgeoning out on to
the international scene, presented artist Germaine Koh in an intimate discussion of her work.
The Culture Series, a new Gallery program featuring artists, writers, critics, historicans,
performers and other cultural practitioners who are changing the way the world thinks, was
launched with
Brian Eno: An Illustrated Talk
. More than 1,200 people participated in Eno’s
talk and performance at the Vogue Theatre. Artists and curators such as Isabelle Pauwels,
Glen Lewis, Mark Allen, and Peter Samis, among others, continued the dialogue throughout
the Gallery’s Culture Series. In-Gallery talks and tours included Hotspots, sessions focusing
on exhibitions and key contemporary works.
Gallery Live
The Gallery continued to expand its live program—both through audience
development and an increase in the number of partnerships formed with other arts organi-
zations—resulting in unique programming inside and beyond its walls. Key among these were
participation in the 2011 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and a special PechaKucha
night at the Vogue Theatre. In addition, the Gallery’s Tuesday Night Lights program featured
compelling in-gallery performances by Ballet BC, 605 Collective, Red Shift Music and others.
Created and launched in 2005, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE events for young adults
drew huge crowds, offering late night exhibition access and great performances by Vancouver-
based musicians and artists, including House of La Douche, New World Theatre, Jodaiko, Alex
MacKenzie and Carmen Aguirre, among many others. Family FUSE Weekends, special two-day
events at the Gallery, offered interdisciplinary and entertaining experiences for children and
families. Family FUSE Weekends’ featured artists included MOVE the company, The Dusty Flower-
pot Cabaret, Lee Hutzalak, Project Soul Crew, Josh Hite and the Tangible Interactive Company.
With outstanding programming and by welcoming new cultural forms through partnerships
with other dynamic artists and organizations, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s public and education
programs offer exciting ways to view, think about and discuss art.