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.

MAY 12
SAT
Art Auction 2018
The highly anticipated 2018 Art Auction, co-chaired by Gallery Trustee Hank Bull and Marshall Webb, will showcase artworks by renowned local and international artists. The evening will commence with cocktails followed by gourmet dining and entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a wide selection of artwork. Find out more »

MAY 22
TUES 7pm
Open Season: A Conversation about Sovereign Absurdity
In dialogue with Open Season, a public art project that has constructed a tennis court on 800 Robson Street (between the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s old courthouse structure and the new Law Courts complex), this conversation will consider how a temporary sports infrastructure has facilitated alternative ways of occupying space. Drawing from various terminologies of “court”—as a tribunal presided over by judges and magistrates, an area marked for sports, and an establishment of and for sovereignty—Open Season aimed to create a space of sovereign absurdity. The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to host this conversation in one of the Gallery’s courtroom spaces, where project coordinators and participating artists will consider how the project has helped reshape relationships within the public sphere. Find out more »

Image credit: Mattie Gunterman and Anne Williams looking through a snow drift covering the Nettie-L Mine cookhouse, 1902 silver gelatin print, printed by Henri Robideau, c. 1980–83 Collection of Henri Robideau
JUN 2
SAT 3pm

Meet in the Gallery Lobby
Described tour with reception and feedback session to follow
Free for members or with Gallery admission
BC Access Awareness Day Activities

On the occasion of BC Access Awareness Day, the Vancouver Art Gallery will expand our public programming to welcome adults, families and young people who are blind, partially sighted and visually impaired. Join us for a described tour of Emily Carr in Dialogue with Mattie Gunterman. All Gallery visitors are welcome to attend.

A reception and feedback session will follow the tour. The Gallery looks forward to hearing from visitors as feedback will be important to the Gallery as it moves forward in implementing considered approaches that provide access to non-visual learners.

If you have any questions or would like to attend this event, please call the Gallery at 604.662.4700.

This described tour is facilitated by Steph Kirkland, VocalEye, along with Art Educators Marie-France Berard and Lynn Chen. This event is organized in partnership with VocalEyeand Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture. 

Marie-France Berard holds M.A. in Art History (UdeM), and a Ph.D. in Art Education (UBC). She was in charge of the gallery programs at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal from 1995–2008 and, today is thrilled to be a part-time educator in the Education and Public Programs at the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is president of the Special Interest Group in Education and Mediation in Museum (SIGEMM) within the Canadian Society for the Study of Education.

Lynn Chen is an Educator at Vancouver Art Gallery (since 2014) and a Programming Administrative assistant at the Vancouver Art Gallery Institute of Asian Art (since 2016). Chen believes that arts, culture and a strong community help shape identity, and also facilitate the appreciation of other people and the world in ways that open up spaces for deeper understanding and greater sensitivity. Previously, Chen was an experienced graphic designer at the Emily Carr University of Arts and Design where she also studied, majoring in Communication Studies.

Steph Kirkland has more than 20 years experience recording audio textbooks for students with vision loss and print impairments. Kirkland founded VocalEye Descriptive Arts in 2012 and currently serves there as Executive Director. VocalEye is the first dedicated descriptive service for the blind in Canada. In 2013, Kirkland was awarded professional development grants from the Canada Council and the BC Arts Council to observe and study with arts access professionals in New York, London and Washington, DC. In 2014, she was honoured with the Achievement Award in Audio Description International from The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project for “outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs.” Kirkland has launched innovative programs to lower barriers to participation and has expanded the application of live description to include touch tours, fireworks, the Pride Parade, festivals and other events. She continues to describe live performances and leads trainings in live description for theatre, dance and visual art.

Image credit: Cover spread of Cabin Fever designed by Derek Barnett, Information Office
JUN 12
TUES 6:30pm

Gallery Rotunda
Free for members or with Gallery admission
Catalogue Launch
Cabin Fever

Join us for a discussion with Stephanie Rebick and Rachel Topham of the Vancovuer Art Gallery, as well as Derek Barnett of Information Office, to celebrate the launch of the Cabin Fever exhibition catalogue. The conversation will center on how exhibitions produce publications that extend the concept and scholarship of visual art and printed matter, and will foreground novel ways of approaching collaboration and collective thinking.

Heavily illustrated, the catalogue is composed of a selection of notable literature, excerpted texts and iconic images that chronicle the long history of writing and visual documentation of the cabin. Highlights of Cabin Fever catalogue include the work and writings of Edward Abbey, Margaret Atwood, James Benning, W.E.B. DuBois, Walker Evans, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Dorothea Lange, Michael Pollan, Rudolph Schindler, Julius Shulman, and Henry David Throreau, among many others.

Stephanie Rebick is Associate Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery where she has worked since 2005. She is the co-curator of Cabin Fever. She is also the curator of the Gallery’s presentation of Out of Sight (2014) as well as the touring version (2016–2017); and is co-curator of MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture (2016) and Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life (2013). She has assisted with dozens of other exhibitions, publications and digital initiatives at the Gallery, including contributions to numerous publications. Her curatorial interests include visual culture, new media and performance.

Rachel Topham specializes in documenting artworks and spaces. Her varied work as a photographer also includes extensive experience in image file preparation. Topham received her BFA in Photography from Ryerson University in 2004, her MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from the George Eastman House and Ryerson University in 2006, and her MA in Graduate Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University in 2017. In 2008 she was hired as a photographer for the Vancouver Art Gallery. Since that time she has worked to make signature images of artworks with a specialization in installation photography and, with her digital image preparation work, to prepare images with a cohesive aesthetic for exhibition catalogues and artists' books.

Information Office is a collaborative design and publishing studio lead by Derek Barnett and Jonathan Middleton, specializing in work for the cultural sector. Barnett has over twenty years of experience as a graphic designer and art director working in London, New York, Toronto and Vancouver. Barnett’s investigative approach utilizes varied strategies of communication and visual design to foster an evocative and conceptually rigorous practice. Middleton has worked extensively in the contemporary visual arts, including nineteen years experience as a contemporary art curator, organizing exhibitions and projects in Vancouver, Berlin, Montreal, Seattle and Melbourne. Middleton served as director/curator of the Western Front (1999–2005) and Or Gallery (2007–2017) and was the founding publisher of the contemporary art journal Fillip.

JUN 16
SAT 3pm

UBC Robson Square
Theatre C300
800 Robson

Heller Lecture
Sarah Milroy: Frontier Moderism

$35 General Admission | $25 Members | $20 students

In the crucible of New York City from 1903 to 1916, David Milne absorbed the lessons of modern painting from the examples of Matisse, Monet, Bonnard, Cézanne and Brancusi. In 1919, Milne was also exposed to the harsher truths of modern life as a commissioned artist on the emptied battlefields of Northern France and Belgium. But, like American artists Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, Milne ultimately retreated to a life close to nature, first in the US and then back in Canada, crafting a sophisticated, distinctly North American response to landscape that was infused with the cutting-edge ideas of the day. How can we best understand Milne’s quest for solitude and his rigorous approach to modern painting? At odds with the prevailing nationalistic rhetoric of the Group of Seven, and wary of collective art movements more generally, Milne went his own way. Presented in dialogue with the exhibition David Milne: Modern Painting, which is on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery from 16 June to 9 September 2018, co-curator Sarah Milroy will provide insight into the artist’s psyche and artistic processes, exploring his distinctive and seemingly contradictory identity as a reclusive cosmopolitan.

The Heller Lecture is one of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s most important public events. In 2002, Paul and Edwina Heller graciously committed to supporting an annual lecture series at the Gallery, a program that has enabled us to bring some of the world’s most renowned cultural thinkers to Vancouver. Past speakers include Edward Burtynsky, Art Spiegelman and Eugene Wang.

Sarah Milroy is a Toronto-based writer and curator. She served as chief art critic of The Globe and Mail from 2001–2011, and as editor of Canadian Art from 1991–1996. In recent years, she has been curating exhibitions, including From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia (2014), Vanessa Bell (2017) and David Milne: Modern Painting (2018), all with Ian A. C. Dejardin. Milroy has published her writing with leading Canadian periodicals, including The Walrus, Canadian Art and the Literary Review of Canada. As well, she has contributed essays to many scholarly catalogues, among them publications on Gathie Falk, Jack Chambers, Fred Herzog, Mary Pratt, Greg Curnoe and Jason McLean.

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

Image credit: David Milne, Billboards, c. 1912, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Gift of Douglas M. Duncan, Toronto, 1962, Photo: National Gallery of Canada
JUN 17
SUN 3pm

1st Floor Galleries
Free for Members or with Gallery Admission
Curator's Tour
with Ian A. C. Dejardin and Sarah Milroy
David Milne: Modern Painting

Join curators Ian A.C. Dejardin and Sarah Milroy for a tour of David Milne: Modern Painting. Through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, Milne developed an extraordinary body of landscapes and developed a practice that could be thought of as an antithesis to the way we live today in a world of hyper distraction. Whether he was depicting the bustling sidewalks of Manhattan or the eerie quiet of a remote lake in the lonely off season, Milne displayed a style distinctly his own—a grasp of tone, colour and composition that gives his work a remarkable visual integrity. The curators will trace how Milne's movements are reflected in his work and in the framing of the exhibition here at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Ian A. C. Dejardin is an art historian, exhibition curator and museum professional. From April 2017 Dejardin has held the position of Executive Director for the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario. In 2005 he succeeded Desmond Shawe-Taylor as Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, having held the position of Curator of that Gallery’s permanent collection of European Old Master paintings from 1998. While at Dulwich, Dejardin co-curated Henry Moore at Dulwich Picture Gallery (2004); Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2011); Emily Carr: From the Forest to the Sea (2014); and Vanessa Bell (2017), the latter two exhibitions in collaboration with Sarah Milroy.

Sarah Milroy is a Toronto-based writer and curator. She served as chief art critic of The Globe and Mail from 2001–2011, and as editor of Canadian Art from 1991–1996. In recent years, she has been curating exhibitions, including From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia (2014), Vanessa Bell (2017) and David Milne: Modern Painting (2018), all with Ian A. C. Dejardin. Milroy has published her writing with leading Canadian periodicals, including The Walrus, Canadian Art and the Literary Review of Canada. As well, she has contributed essays to many scholarly catalogues, among them publications on Gathie Falk, Jack Chambers, Fred Herzog, Mary Pratt, Greg Curnoe and Jason McLean.

Image credit: Walden Pond, Concord, MA, Photo: jcsullivan24, CC BY-NC 2.0
JUN 19
TUES 6:30pm

Reclusive Cosmopolitians:
A Series of Poetry Activations

David Milne: Modern Painting and Cabin Fever

In conjunction with the exhibitions David Milne: Modern Painting and Cabin Fever, join us for a series of poetry interventions in the galleries, taking place on selected Tuesday evenings through June and July. This series of programs will provide a space for the literary and visual arts to convene and find new ways of relating to each other.

Poems will be selected and performed throughout these exhibitions by Colin Browne, Shazia Hafiz Ramj, Kerriann Cardinal, Steffanie Ling and Stacey Ho, among others. Using the ideas of retreat and solitude as a starting point, texts selected will be read, sung or otherwise offer different kinds of encounters with the work on view at the Gallery. The texts recited by the poets represent a dialogue with the exhibitions and their concerns—be it an interrogation, an argument, an appreciation, a love letter, a question, a complaint, a commentary, a contextualization—performing myriad ways of engaging.

Image credit: Marten Elder, pr 45, 2016, archival pigment print on fiber-based paper, Courtesy of Equinox Gallery
JUN 26
TUES 7pm

1st Floor Galleries
Free for members or with Gallery admission
Uncanny Landscapes
Curator’s Tour with Emmy Lee Wall
Site Unseen



Join Curator Emmy Lee Wall for a tour of Site Unseen, an exhibition that addresses the veracity of the photographic. Sigmund Freud stated that “the uncanny was not to be found in the exotic but the everyday” and Site Unseen refers to the way images ask viewers to abandon perceptual habits and suggests that they look at the landscape around them with fresh eyes.

Emmy Lee Wall is Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Since 2005, she has coordinated the acquisition of more than 2500 works of art to the Gallery’s permanent collection. She curated the Gallery’s presentation of Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun (2015); co-curated The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social (2008) and The Poetics of Space (2015) with Daina Augaitis; and co-curated Michael Lin: A Modest Veil (2010) with Bruce Grenville. She also played an integral role in several other major exhibitions including Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum (2009); The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art (2011); and Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything (2014). She oversees the Gallery’s Artist Edition Program and has created works with a wide range of local and international artists including Douglas Coupland, Ai Weiwei and Yang Fudong.

*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.


Accessibility
The Vancouver Art Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Street-level access is available through our Hornby and Robson street entrances, open during all public hours. Wheelchairs are available to visitors on a first-come first-served basis or may be reserved in advance of your visit by calling 604.662.4700. A Service Animal may accompany a visitor to all public areas of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Please ask our admissions staff for the locations of washrooms on each floor.