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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*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.

MAY 14
SAT 3pm
in the Gallery
Annex Workshop
Artist's Talk / Dara Birnbaum
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

Dara Birnbaum's provocative video works are among the most influential and innovative contributions to the contemporary discourse on art and television. Her seminal work Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978-79), included in the exhibition MashUp, is an early example of art that used appropriated television footage and music in order to challenge conventional social and gender norms put forth by this then-burgeoning popular media. Through a dynamic televisual language of images, music and text, she continues to expose the media's embedded ideological meanings and posits video as a means of giving voice to the individual. In this talk, Birnbaum discusses her career as a pioneering, provocative video and installation artist.

With Generous Support from: The Timothy C. Kerr Family Foundation

Additional support from: The U.S. Embassy in Canada






TICKETS*: $10/$5 for Members, available at the door.




MAY 25
WED 6:30pm
& 8:15pm
The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street

and

MAY 26
THU 6:30pm
& 8:15pm

The Cinematheque
1131 Howe Street
Film Screening: Shadow Boxing
The legacy of Joseph Cornell in American avant-garde Cinema

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

Poetic, personal, mystical. Joseph Cornell’s sculptural and cinematic assemblages of fragmented, mass-produced objects profoundly influenced the post-war American avant-garde filmmaking scene. Over two days, we will screen a mixture of films, from the rare to the familiar in order to consider anew Cornell’s impact on filmmakers who utilize found footage to produce intimate portraits of things, forms and people.

This two-day, double bill will present shorts and feature length films by Cornell, as well as Dara Birnbaum, Lawrence Brose, Lewis Klahr, Jonas Mekas, Jen Procter among others. For full program and tickets visit: The Cinematheque.

Curated by: Kim Knowles and Angela Piccini


Kim Knowles is an academic and curator specializing in experimental film history, theory and aesthetics. She teaches Film Studies at Aberystwyth University, Wales and has curated the ‘Black Box’ experimental program at Edinburgh International Film Festival since 2009.

Angela Piccini is a writer, educator and artist who works in the Department of Film & Television at the University of Bristol. Her writing, teaching and art practice focus on the moving image and its intersections with place, space and materiality.

Membership at The Cinematheque or the Vancouver Art Gallery is required for this event. An annual $3 Cinematheque membership can be purchased at The Cinematheque Box Office.
Presented in partnership with:
The Cinematheque








TICKETS*:
Single bill - Adults $11
Seniors & Students $9

Double bill - Adults $16
Seniors & Students $14




MAY 31
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery
Courtroom 302
Lecture / Ian Wallace
Paris/Vancouver 1912-1914

MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture

Celebrated Vancouver artist Ian Wallace gives an illustrated art history lecture on the radical experimentations that defined modernity in Paris in the years 1912-14. Using his original research, Wallace connects this exciting period of European history to the emergence of a modern Vancouver.

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

Other Programming

JUNE 7
TUE 7pm
Blue Moon Theatre
Shangri La

Artist’s Talk / Marina Roy
Offsite: Marina Roy

Vancouver-based artist Marina Roy discusses her installation Your Kingdom to Command, which uses both natural and processed materials to create a 25-metre mural and sculpture. Her artwork stands out in contrast to the glass and concrete office towers in downtown Vancouver and speaks to transformation in nature, largely due to human industry.

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

JUNE 14
TUE 7pm
UBC Robson Square
Room C300 - Theatre
800 Robson Street

Heller Lecture
Laurence Madeline
Chief Curator, Musées d’art et d’histoire de la Ville de Genève
Picasso: Beyond Muse

PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to present Laurence Madeline, lauded Picasso expert and Chief Curator at Musées d’art et d’histoire de la Ville de Genève, as our 2016 Heller Lecturer. The 15th Anniversary Heller Lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses. Madeline explores the central role of six women—Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque—in the artistic development of Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) through relationships that went far beyond the archetypal one of ”muse.”

Generously supported by Paul and Edwina Heller in memory of Kitty Heller.



TICKETS*:
$30 General admission / $20 Members




JULY 8
FRI 6pm
In the Gallery, 3rd floor
Meet in the lobby

Artist’s Tour / Bharti Kher
BHARTI KHER Matter

Join New Delhi–based artist Bharti Kher as she tours her retrospective exhibition with co-curators Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, and Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art. The work of this internationally acclaimed artist explores complex human concerns of gender and social relationships.

Indian Summer Festival

Free. No registration required. Enter via the Hornby Street doors, meet in the lobby.

JULY 12
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery, 2nd floor

Curator’s Tour / Grant Arnold
Harry Callahan: The Street

Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, tours the exhibition and speaks to Harry Callahan’s lesser-known, black and white and colour street photography.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

JULY 16
SAT 3pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Curator’s Tour / Colin Browne
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

Guest curator Colin Browne shares his extensive original research about the meeting of Emily Carr and Surrealist painter Wolfgang Paalen in Victoria, BC, in 1939, and discusses the exceptional work created by both artists before and after their encounter.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

JULY 26
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery

and

AUG 23
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery

Summer Slideshows / David Wisdom

Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts his legendary communal slideshows. Featuring local artists and arts practitioners, the evening is a warm gathering pairing selected images with music, with introductions by Wisdom and the artists. Each presenter creates a new slideshow to share, and the event is followed by a musical set and a chance to mingle with the artists.

Doors open and cash bar 6:30pm. Slideshows 7pm. Musical performance 8:30pm

TICKETS*: $10 General admission
$5 Members and Students with valid ID

 AVAILABLE SOON 



SEPT 20
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery, Room 4East

Lecture / Colin Browne
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

In this illustrated art historical lecture, guest curator Colin Browne looks at an unexpected moment in the history of Modernist painting occasioned by the meeting of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in Victoria in 1939. This talk also explores their relationship to the culture of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and Paalen’s influence as a painter and theorist on Abstract Expressionism.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

SEPT 23
FRI 1pm
In the Gallery, 1st floor

Scholar’s Tour / Catherine Soussloff
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses

UBC art history professor Catherine Soussloff tours the exhibition and discusses Picasso’s later works (1955–73) in relation to both the artist’s earlier practice and the history of art in the second half of the 20th century.

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.