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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Video Documentation

Visit the Gallery's video page, to view documentation of lectures and talks.
 
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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.


JAN 13
SAT 3pm
Room 4East
in the Gallery

Lecture: Josh Yiu
Found in Translation: Lui Shou Kwan’s Understanding of Postwar American Art

空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

This lecture by curator and writer Josh Yiu will chart Lui Shou Kwan’s (1919–1975) profound knowledge of post-war American art through Lui’s practices as an artist and an educator. Lui is best known for his abstract ink paintings, which emerged from his extensive knowledge of Chinese art history and traditional painting techniques. Using Lui’s personal annotations to the translation of Modern American Painting and Sculpture (1965) by renowned art historian Samuel Hunter, Yiu will explore how the artist’s visionary ideas about beauty and form revamped Chinese painting practices for a global audience.

Josh Yiu is the Director of the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his BA in Art History from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate at Oxford University. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum. His book publications include Writing Modern Chinese Art: Historiographic Explorations (2009) and A Fuller View of China: Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum (2014). He is currently researching the pioneering Hong Kong painter Lui Shou Kwan.



JAN 20
SAT 3pm
Room 4East
in the Gallery

Talk: Patrik Andersson
and Mark Zuehlke

Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings

In this pair of talks, military historian Mark Zuehlke and art historian and curator Patrik Andersson consider the art, ideas and social contexts that inform Gordon Smith’s black paintings. Zuehlke details Operation Husky, where in 1943 twenty thousand Canadian soldiers joined two Allied armies on the beaches of southern Sicily. By illustrating this little-known campaign in which Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry landed on Pachino Beach on July 10, 1943, Zuehlke will shed light on events that shaped Smith’s life and later surfaced in his work. Following, Andersson will speak to the idea of appropriation in Smith’s work as it intersects with other contemporary artists. Looking closely at his black paintings in particular, Andersson will discuss how these works are as much rooted in personal traumas and tropes of the past as they are an ongoing response to contemporary conflicts between nature and culture.

Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author and acclaimed military historian. His Canadian Battle Series (CBS) is the most exhaustive recounting of the campaigns fought by any nation during World War II written by a single author. In recognition of his contribution to popularizing Canadian history, Zuehlke was awarded the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. His latest CBS title is The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles.

Patrik Andersson is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University where he teaches art and ideas informed by his freelance activities as an art critic, curator and publisher. He holds a PhD in Art History from the University of British Columbia with a dissertation on the post-war reception of Marcel Duchamp's work in New York, Paris and Stockholm. Recent publications include Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Killing Game: Happenings, Performance and Theatre (Grand Palais, Paris and Guggenheim, Bilbao, 2014), “Inner and Outer Space: Rethinking Movement in Art” (Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Steidl Publishers, 2017); “Hitting the Nail on the Head: Rodney Graham’s Impressionist Games” (Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Newcastle / JRP Ringier Publishers, 2017).


Free for Members or with Gallery Admission. Seating is general admission, first come, first served.



JAN 31
WED 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, 149 West Hastings Street
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Lecture:
Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

This lecture with renowned artist Takashi Murakami examines the artist’s ever shifting and always evolving interests. Conceived in dialogue with Murakami’s exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, entitled The Octopus Eats its Own Leg, this lecture will situate the artist’s ongoing research-based practice through a series of interlocking ideas. Working across disciplines—from painting and sculpture, to anime and fashion—Murakami has realized projects that effectively blur boundaries between vernacular and fine art, between eastern and western philosophies, and between aesthetics and politics. By reflecting on 30 years of making, Murakami will here propose different means for engaging with history and shaping the future though the specific lens of an artistic practice.

Born 1962 in Tokyo, Takashi Murakami earned a Ph.D. in Nihonga from Tokyo University of the Arts School of Fine Arts. He is the founder and representative of Kaikai Kiki, an art production and management company. The objectives of Kaikai Kiki are creating Murakami’s works, managing the careers of represented artists, running a gallery business, producing films and devising strategic branding plans via collaborations, among others. Murakami is well known for his corporate branding projects with Louis Vuitton, VANS, shu uemura, Issey Miyake, Lucien Pellat-Finet, Roppongi Hills, and ComplexCon, as well as collaborations with musicians such as Kanye West and Pharrell Williams. More recently, he has been working on film and animation productions, and released his first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes in 2013. He is currently working on the sequel of Jellyfish Eyes as well as an animated television series, 6HP (Six Hearts Princess). In 2008, he was selected as one of TIME magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People." Since 2003, he has been included in the Power 100 of ArtReview for ten years straight and was ranked as 7th in 2003. He has also been engaged in a wide range of artistic undertakings such as curating shows and collecting art and other curiosities for his personal collection. Between 2002 and 2014, he regularly organized “GEISAI," a project intended to discover and nurture young artists from Japan and Taiwan. In all, approximately 20,000 artists participated in these projects. In response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, he founded newday, a charity organization that carries out activities every year to help Japan recover from natural disasters.

Please note: This lecture will be translated from Japanese to English. Find out more ».

This lecture with Takashi Murakami is now SOLD OUT! However, the event is being recorded and will be made
available for viewing on the Gallery's Video Documentation page» later this spring. Please check back soon.


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FEB 20
TUE 7pm
4th Floor
in the Gallery

Curator's Tour
Diana Freundl

空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

Tour the exhibition 空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan with curator Diana Freundl as she builds anecdotal and philosophical connections between the practices of the two artists, here set in dialogue.

Diana Freundl is Associate Curator, Asian Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2014, she curated Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, one of the inaugural exhibitions for the Institute of Asian Art in addition to co-curating the major retrospective Lee Bull (2015) and BHARTI KER Matter (2016). Recent exhibitions include Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver and Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy (both 2017). She is the curator of the Gallery’s public art space, Offsite, which have included site-specific installations by Shanghai-based collective MadeIn Company and Mumbai-based Reena Saini Kallat. She has an academic background in comparative religion, philosophy and graduate studies in journalism.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.



FEB 22
THU 6pm
Room 4East
in the Gallery

Beyond the 49th Parallel–Setting Out into the International Art World / Marhsall Webb

This special Speaker Series, titled Conversations on Contemporary Collecting, is offered to Leadership Circle Members. It is led by the passionate and insightful collector of contemporary art Marshall Webb.

Upgrade your membership to enjoy all the benefits at the Leadership Circle level, including the next events in this exciting series: vanartgallery.bc.ca/leadtheway.

For Leadership Circle Members only.



APR 19
THU 6pm
Room 4East
in the Gallery

The Market Place and Money–Art as Investment, Advisors, Fairs and Publications / Marshall Webb

This special Speaker Series, titled Conversations on Contemporary Collecting, is offered to Leadership Circle Members. It is led by the passionate and insightful collector of contemporary art Marshall Webb.

Upgrade your membership to enjoy all the benefits at the Leadership Circle level, including the next events in this exciting series: vanartgallery.bc.ca/leadtheway.

For Leadership Circle Members only.



APR 24
TUE 7pm
3rd Floor
in the Gallery

Curator's Tour
John O'Brian

BOMBHEAD

Join guest curator John O’Brian for a tour of the exhibition BOMBHEAD. In exploring the emergence and ongoing impact of our nuclear ages through their representation in art, O’Brian will build affective links between the post-war nuclear age and the contemporary moment.

John O’Brian is an art historian, writer and curator. He has organized exhibitions on photography and the nuclear era—The Nuclear Machine (Copenhagen, 2016), Camera Atomica (Toronto, 2015), After the Flash (London, 2014), Strangelove’s Weegee (Vancouver, 2013)—and published twenty books, including Ruthless Hedonism: The American Reception of Matisse and David Milne and the Modern Tradition of Painting as well as Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism, which he edited. He lives in Vancouver and until recently taught at the University of British Columbia.

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.