Special Events

FRI 6-10pm
Remarks 6:15pm
in the Gallery

Members Opening
Claude Monetís Secret Garden | Elad Lassry | Emily Carr: Into the Forest | Persistence | Pictures From Here | Stephen Shore: the Giverny Portfolio

Members, you're invited! Celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions including Claude Monet's Secret Garden. Please present your Membership card at the door to receive admission for yourself and one guest to the Members Opening. Admits two. Cash bar.

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TUE 7pm
UBC Robson Square, Theatre C300
800 Robson Street
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Heller Lecture*
Ross King

Claude Monetís Secret Garden

Celebrated historian Ross King will delve into the art and life of Claude Monet, an artist whose career changed the course of western art history. Drawing from his new book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (2016), King paints a nuanced portrait of Monet, arguably the most famous artist of the 20th century. Monetís water lily paintings conjure visions of peace, beauty and tranquility. However, these majestic canvases were created during a time of war: Monet began work on them only months before the outbreak of WWI. They are also the product of an anguished period in his life, when he was coping with the death of his wife and his deteriorating vision, as well as his artistic self-doubts. This illustrated lecture will examine the impact of these events on his most iconic paintings.

Ross King is the award-winning author of books on Italian, French and Canadian art and history. Among his books are Brunelleschiís Dome, Michelangelo and the Popeís Ceiling, The Judgment of Paris (Governor Generalís Award, 2006), Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, and Leonardo and The Last Supper (Governor Generalís Award, 2012). He is the co-author with Anja Grebe of Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743. His latest book, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, was the winner of the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize.

The 2017 Heller Lecture is presented in conjunction with Claude Monetís Secret Garden, an exhibition from the famous Musťe Marmottan Monet, Paris. This exhibition is the first solo exhibition of Monetís work in western Canada and presents the evolution of this influential artist to a degree not seen in Canada in over a generation, demonstrating both the enduring power of his vision and his continued relevance to painting.

The Heller Lecture is one of the Vancouver Art Galleryís 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 worldís most renowned cultural thinkers to Vancouver. Since its inception, this series has hosted such speakers as Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky, American feminist artist Judy Chicago, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic artist Art Spiegelman, and many others. The presentations of these impressive speakers have not only introduced us to the fascinating topics and ideas that have captured their attention, but have also increased our understanding and appreciation of key issues pertinent to current exhibitions.

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

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*Doors open 6:30pm. All tickets are general admission and seating is first come, first served. Please note that the theatre has a combination of fixed theatre seats and bleacher style seating.

FRI 8pm-12am
in the Gallery

FUSE: 2167*

Step into a time warp on the eve of Canadaís 150th anniversary with this art-infused night and ponder the present moment from 150 years into the future. Find out more »

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AUG 22
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery

Summer Slideshows /
David Wisdom*

Pictures From Here

Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts his legendary communal slideshows. Featuring local artists and arts practitioners, each presenter shares their unique slideshow, followed by a musical set and a chance to mingle with the artists.

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