Special Events

*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.

OCT 27
in the Gallery

Members Opening
Entangled; Portrait of the Artist; Gordon Smith;
Carol Sawyer; True Nordic

YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATTERS! Join your fellow Members to mark the opening of our fall exhibitions: Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting; Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection; Gordon Smith: The Black Paintings; Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive; True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada/Nordique: L’Influence du design scandinave au Canada.

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OCT 29
Art Toronto
October 27-30, 2017

Panel Discussion: Making the Beyond / Patrick Cruz, Magalie Guérin and Walter Scott
Moderated by cheyanne turions
The idea of the west often stands in as a metaphor for the development of a project or concept. Think of the frontier as symbol of colonial expansion or consider the central place that western epistemologies claim for themselves in relation to other ways of knowing. These kinds of claims are given form (and power), in part, through representations in art. But in our contemporary moment, where socio-political power relations are shifting, what might the art practices of today portend for a future otherwise? This panel conversation will consider what artists and their works can make possible in the world beyond representation or expression, as propositions for becoming. How are artistic practices transformed beyond the colonial spectre and beyond the regimes of dispossession that colonization depends upon? How are contemporary practices aggravating the limits of western art historical discourses in contextualizing the range of influences and ideas that artists are working with today? What lays beyond the frontier and how are we moving there?

The conversation will be moderated by cheyanne turions, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and will include perspectives from artists who share concerns for interrupting inherited histories and conjuring the beyond, through content, materials and form. In particular, these artists’ practices differently utilize painting—that paradigmatic art form—as a means of making connection and generating new proposals for what art can show us about how to be in relation.

Patrick Cruz is known for his immersive painting, vibrant colour pallet, assemblage installation style and gestural lines. Influenced by his personal experience of migration to Canada in 2005, Cruz harvests the detritus of capitalist society as an actor and point of reflection on globalization, displacement and migration.

Magalie Guérin is a Montreal-born artist living in Chicago. She immigrated to the US in 2000. Her paintings are built with thick layers of gesso, creating abstract shapes that are then reorganized intuitively using figurative and narrative strategies. The forms are unrecognizable yet feel familiar; Guérin is interested in making visible the history of their construction. She is the author of NOTES ON, a compilation of studio writings published in 2016 by The Green Lantern Press. She is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey.

Walter Scott’s practice is interdisciplinary and includes writing, video, performance and sculpture. He explores contemporary questions of representation, cultural production, popular culture and narrative construction.

Presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery

Patrick Cruz, Brown Gaze 03, 2017, installation image from Plug In ICA

WED 5:30pm
in the Gallery

Annual General Meeting
Vancouver Art Gallery Association

The Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Art Gallery Association will be held Wednesday, November 1 at 5:30pm, in the Forecourt of the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC. All Members are invited to attend. Find out more »

Simon Fraser University
Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Room 7000 | Directions »

City Conversations
with Asim Waqif
and others

Offsite: Asim Waqif

City Conversations is a presentation of SFU Public Square. Sponsored by The City Program and SFU Vancouver. Find out more »

THUR 6pm
Remarks 6:30pm
Offsite, West Georgia
Directions »

Offsite Opening
Offsite: Asim Waqif

Join us for the opening of the 16th installation in the Gallery’s Offsite series, with artist Asim Waqif in attendance. Find out more »

Offsite is located at 1100 West Georgia Street, between Thurlow and Bute Streets, west of the Shangri–La Hotel.

NOV 10
FRI 8pm-12am
in the Gallery
FUSE: A Conjuring*
FUSE: Art/Music/Performance

Performances, music and unexpected surprises—in the gallery spaces and through the building—make FUSE Vancouver’s favourite art party. Find out more »

NOV 18
SAT 3pm
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
800 Robson Street
Directions »

Curator's Lecture:
Anna Reynolds*

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection

This lecture will look at the varied ways in which artists have been depicted in artworks over time. Curator Anna Reynolds proposes that the rise in images of artists is linked to broader changes in attitudes about the role of art and artists in society, and this lecture will examine what motivates an artist to represent themselves or each other. She will also consider the role of collectors and biographers in shaping an artist's reputation and legacy.

Anna Reynolds is Senior Curator of Paintings at Royal Collection Trust, where she has worked since 2008. She is part of the curatorial team with responsibility for temporary exhibitions at The Queen's Gallery in London and The Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh, as well as the permanent display of approximately 8,000 paintings across royal residences including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Her exhibitions and accompanying publications include In Fine Style—The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion (2013), Royal Childhood (2014), A Royal Welcome (2015) and Portrait of the Artist (2016). She is currently undertaking a sabbatical year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she has been awarded the Polaire Weissman fellowship. Her research examines the connections between the paintings of John Singer Sargent and fashion. Reynolds holds an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, a Diploma from Christie's Education and a Masters in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute.


$16 Regular | $14 Members | $12 Students (incl. tax)
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*Gallery Members and Students must show current membership card or valid student ID
from a secondary or post-secondary education institution upon arrival.

Royal Collection Trust, Photo: © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

NOV 21-
Gallery Store &
Art Rental & Sales

12 Days of Holiday Shopping for Members
Gallery Store / Art Rental & Sales

Gallery Store: Members receive 20% OFF regular-priced merchandise in the store during our annual Members Shopping Week. With a wide array of books, clothing, jewellery and art-focused items, you will find something for everyone. Find out more »

Art Rental & Sales: Save 10% on select pieces of original art from Art Rental & Sales from November 21 to December 2 with a valid Gallery membership. Browse the online catalogue at artrentalandsales.com or visit the showroom to see currently available pieces. Find out more »

Discount applies to regular-priced items only. Some restrictions apply.

NOV 25-26
in the Gallery
Family FUSE Weekend
The Action of Expression

Family FUSE Weekend

Where do you get your ideas? How do you express them? Join us at Family FUSE Weekend as we turn the Gallery into a space bursting with ideas and action! We will explore a variety of ways in which artists’ ideas and stories can be revealed through movements, gestures and performative processes. Experiment with a variety of materials in hands on workshops and find new ways to express your own ideas with educators, artists and live performers. Find out more »

JAN 23
TUE 7pm
Courtroom 302
in the Gallery

Recital: Carol Sawyer
and Lisa Cay Miller

Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

Musical Repertoire from the Natalie Brettschneider Archive
Artist Carol Sawyer and pianist Lisa Miller perform music inspired by the repertoire of Natalie Brettschneider, a historical genre-blurring performance artist, and her contemporaries.

*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.