Lectures and Talks

Video Documentation

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. View videos of past lectures and talks below, or visit the Gallery's Vimeo page.
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June 26, 2017
Claude Monet's Secret Garden
Heller Lecture: Ross King
Claude Monet’s water lily paintings conjure visions of peace, beauty and tranquility. However, these majestic canvases were created during a time of war and an anguished period in the artist’s life. Drawing from his book Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies (2016), acclaimed historian Ross King delves into the art and life of Claude Monet in this illustrated lecture, which will examine the impact of these events on his most iconic paintings


June 6, 2017
Pictures From Here
Work in Progress Speaker Series: Grant Arnold
Pictures From Here (2017) & 13 Cameras (1978) | Work in Progress Curators' Talks
Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, considers Pictures From Here (2017) in relation to 13 Cameras (1978), which presented photographic works that were collectively curated by the artists in the exhibition. In this talk, Arnold discusses shifts in the perception of photography, as well as institutional and artistic developments in the intervening decades between these exhibitions.

About Work in Progress:
By coupling exhibitions from past and present, this series of talks by five Vancouver Art Gallery curators is intended to map various trajectories of the Gallery and to highlight some of the ways that visual art has developed in Western Canada.


The Institute of Asian Art
Deconstructing Diaspora: Institute of Asian Art Inugural Symposium
The inaugural symposium for the Institute of Asian Art took place May 18 to 19, 2017. This two-day event included local and international speakers whose presentations tackled the challenging topic of understanding diasporic experiences through art. The symposium opened on Thursday May 18 with a keynote lecture by Dr. Vishakha N. Desai entitled Global Culture in Contested Terrains: The Role of Artists and Institutions. In her presentation, Desai reflected on her experience presenting Asian and Asian American art over the last 25 years within the changing landscape of mainstream art institutions. The day-long symposium on Friday May 19 expanded on the possibilities and problematics of cultural exchange by considering the complex web of experiences that constitute an understanding of Asia and Asian diasporic communities. After a welcome from Musqueam Elder Larry Grant, the morning began with presentations by curator Tarah Hogue and artist Jin-me Yoon. The afternoon involved presentations from members of the International Asian Art Council of the Vancouver Art Gallery David Chau, Vishakha Desai and Roobina Karode. To conclude, final insights and reflections were offered by local artist Josh Hon and writer Sirish Rao, with closing remarks by Gallery Trustee Hank Bull.

Deconstructing Diaspora: Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium was supported by Gulzar and Harinder Cheema and the Hari Sharma Foundation.
May 18
Keynote Lecture:
Vishakha N. Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, Professor and Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York



May 19
Welcome Remarks


Morning Session: Part 1
Tarah Hogue, curator and writer, grunt gallery


Morning Session: Part 2
Jin-me Yoon, artist and Professor, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University


Afternoon Session
International Asian Art Council: Roobina Karode, Director/Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi |David Chau, collector, Shanghai | Vishakha N. Desai

Closing Remarks: Josh Hon, artist, Hope, BC | Sirish Rao, writer and co-founder of the Indian Summer Festival | Hank Bull, artist and Gallery Trustee


May 2, 2017
Susan Point: Spindle Whorl
The Influence and Legacy of Susan Point: Dana Claxton, Jim Kew, India Rael Young and Jordan Wilson
In this panel, speakers share their knowledge of and appreciation for the art of Susan Point and consider her ongoing influence and legacy.



April 25, 2017
Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver
Work in Progress Speaker Series: Diana Freundl in conversation with Josh Hon and Gu Xiong
Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver (2016/2017) & Here Not There (1995) | Work in Progress Curators' Talks
Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art, discusses her exhibition Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver (2017) in relation to the exhibition Here Not There (1995). Following Freundl’s presentation, artists Josh Hon and Gu Xiong will join the curator in a discussion of issues arising from this pairing of exhibitions.

About Work in Progress:
By coupling exhibitions from past and present, this series of talks by five Vancouver Art Gallery curators is intended to map various trajectories of the Gallery and to highlight some of the ways that visual art has developed in Western Canada.


April 11, 2017
Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy
Artist’s Talk: Howie Tsui
Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui unpacks the multi-layered references within his solo exhibition Retainers of Anarchy—from martial arts to philosophy to the Kowloon Walled City—that address ideas about identity, colonialism and political resistance.


April 4, 2017
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures
Work in Progress Speaker Series: Daina Augaitis
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures (2016/2017) & Young Romantics (1985) | Work in Progress Curators' Talks
Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, traces the history of local survey exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery by considering the trajectory from the Gallery’s long history of BC Annual exhibitions to Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures.

About Work in Progress:
By coupling exhibitions from past and present, this series of talks by five Vancouver Art Gallery curators is intended to map various trajectories of the Gallery and to highlight some of the ways that visual art has developed in Western Canada.


March 21, 2017
Susan Point: Spindle Whorl
Work in Progress Speaker Series: Ian Thom
Susan Point: Spindle Whorl (2017) & Arts of the Raven (1967)
| Work in Progress Curators' Talks
Ian Thom, Senior Curator – Historical, discusses the exhibition Susan Point: Spindle Whorl (2017) in relation to Arts of the Raven (1967), which was an exhibition in honour of the one hundredth anniversary of Canadian Confederation, which included Tsimshian, Tlingit, Haida and Kwakwaka'wakw art.

About the Work in Progress:
By coupling exhibitions from past and present, this series of talks by five Vancouver Art Gallery curators is intended to map various trajectories of the Gallery and to highlight some of the ways that visual art has developed in Western Canada.


March 7, 2017
Marking Place Speaker Series
Marking Place Speaker Series: Wanda Nanibush
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator and community organizer. In this talk, Nanibush discusses the power and place of Indigenous artists and art in shaping the country now called Canada.

About Marking Place:
This year-long speaker series looks at visual art, design and art institutions in relation to ideas concerning indigeneity, colonialism, immigration and national identity.


February 25, 2017
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures
Vancouver Special Forum
Vancouver Special included work by forty visual artists, as a survey of the contemporary art activity in the city over the last five years. The featured works of art do not adhere to a singular subject or style but instead point to overlapping and ongoing conversations about abstraction, Surrealism and conceptual practice. In this afternoon of talks, artists and writers offer perspectives on these aspects of the exhibition and highlight the nuanced and stimulating spaces in-between definitions.

Participants: Andrew Berardini, Raymond Boisjoly, Eli Bornowsky, Rebecca Brewer, Matt Browning, Julia Feyrer, Colleen Heslin, Gareth James, Steffanie Ling, Jesse McKee, Sylvain Sailly, Rachelle Sawatsky, Mina Totino

Presented in collaboration with 221A, supported by the British Columbia Arts Council.


January 14, 2017
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures | Juxtapoz x Superflat | We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr
The Materiality of Clay - Artist’s Talk: Derya Akay, Glenn Lewis, Rebecca Morgan and Brendan Lee Satish Tang
In this talk, artists from Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Juxtapoz X Superflat and We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr examine the materiality of clay and its place in contemporary art. Derya Akay, Glenn Lewis, Rebecca Morgan and Brendan Lee Satish Tang discuss their art practices, sharing their perspectives on clay as an artistic medium and how artists working with this ancient material employ new technologies and apply contemporary ideas.


November 26 2016
Walker Evans: Depth of Field
Lecture: Zoë Druick, Documentary and the Politics of Authenticity
This talk considers Walker Evans' photographic practice in light of international currents of documentary in the 1920s and 30s. Evans was certainly not alone in balancing the demands of working with state and corporate sponsors in his time. But why were documentary media considered to be such a central technique for political visualization of the era? And how do issues of authenticity persist in documentary practice today? Zoë Druick is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology and Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.



November 22 2016
Offsite: Khan Lee
Artist’s Talk: Khan Lee in conversation with Barbara Cole
In this talk, artist Khan Lee discusses making art for public spaces with curator and public art consultant Barbara Cole. Their conversation considers Lee’s practice, looking at examples of his work with the artist collective Instant Coffee, his new installation Red, Green and Blue at Offsite, and a recent land art installation in Japan. Lee and Cole also reflect on recent developments in public art in Vancouver and share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of exhibiting contemporary art in shared social spaces.


October 26, 2016
CANADIAN ART ENCOUNTERS: INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS SERIES
Artist’s Talk: Wolfgang Tillmans
The Canadian Art Foundation, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, hosts a talk with the critically acclaimed contemporary artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans is joined in conversation by New York– and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough, a lead contributor to the recently published monograph Wolfgang Tillmans: What’s wrong with redistribution? (Walther König). One of the most influential artists of his generation, Tillmans has radically redefined how photographic images are made, exhibited and encountered. This talk marks Tillmans’s first visit to Canada in more than 20 years.


October 11, 2016
Artists’ Books Week
Artist’s Talk: Bill Burns with Gabrielle Moser
Artist Bill Burns and writer Gabrielle Moser discuss Mr Burns' new book Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us (YYZ BOOKS, Toronto and Black Dog Publishing, London). The book speculates on desire and belonging with particular reference to brown-nosing and idolization within contemporary art. It asks a question that has no answer: ‘What to long for?’ Burns and Moser think out loud about how artist books function and why a project might be best presented as a book rather than a gallery installation. This talk was presented as part of Artist Books Week, a parallel series of events hosted in conjunction with the Vancouver Art/Book Fair.


October 4, 2016
Institute of Asian Art
Performance: Wang Dongling
Renowned contemporary calligrapher, Wang Dongling writes the Heart Sutra, one of the most important Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, during a public performance in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s rotunda. Wang uses his calligraphic invention, "chaos script," in which characters and even entire columns of text collide, generating an energetic and amorphous chaos and a written language that is pushed to the brink of legibility. Wang’s Chaos script heightens the tension between a calligrapher's controls—honed by a lifetime of training—and the spontaneity of live performance.


November 8, 2016
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia
Spoken Word Performance: Molly Billows
Through spoken word performance, poet Molly Billows responds to the narrative in the exhibition of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen’s early 20th century artworks. Billows’ storytelling interjects a new perspective and voice into the story of Carr and Paalen’s travels through British Columbia and their artistic response to the land, people and art of the Northwest Coast First Nations.


September 20, 2016
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia
Lecture: Colin Browne
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.


June 28, 2016
Harry Callahan: The Street
Panel: Photographs – In and Of the Street
Speakers:
Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, Vancouver Art Gallery
Helga Pakasaar, Curator, Presentation House Gallery
Stephen Waddell, Artist and Guest Curator of An Agreeable State of Uncertainty

The street has long operated as both a site of cultural production and also a source of inspiration for artists. Taking its cue from the work of Modernist photographer Harry Callahan, this panel considers the meaning of photographs taken in and of the street and the inadequacies of categorization associated with terms such as street photography. Short presentations are followed by a conversation between the speakers on a range of topics—from alienation to abstraction to the intersection of public and private life—as these themes play out in the street.


June 7, 2016
Offsite: Marina Roy
Artist’s Talk: 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 meter mural and tree fountain that stands out in contrast to the glass and concrete office towers in downtown Vancouver.


May 14, 2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture
Artist’s Talk: Dara Birnbaum
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.

Please note, due to distribution rights the videos screened during this talk are not shown and have instead been replaced with video stills with accompanying credits.

This talk was generously supported by: The Timothy C. Kerr Family Foundation

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




April 27, 2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture
Talk: Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture & Design and founding Director of Research & Development.
The New Frontiers of Design
Design has branched out in new directions, galvanizing young practitioners, sparking novel business models, and attracting worldwide attention. A designer today can choose to focus on interaction, interfaces, the web, visualization, socially minded infrastructures, immersive spaces, biodesign, sustainability, video games, critical scenarios, and, yes, even products and furniture. A remarkable thinker on design, Antonelli will explore these recent innovations, which draw on past pioneers in the field, in order to expand our understanding of the fundamental role of design in contemporary culture.

This talk was generously supported by:
Inform Interiors, Intracorp and The Timothy C. Kerr Family Foundation

Exclusive Hotel Partner: Fairmont Pacific Rim




April 23, 2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture
Artist’s Talk: Gu Wenda
A leading figure in the experimental ink movement, Gu Wenda was a pioneer of conceptual art in China during the mid-1980s. His ground breaking works such as Mythos of Lost Dynasties—Modern Meaning of Totem and Taboo (on display in MashUp) would come to influence a number of artists and create a new starting point for discussion of Chinese contemporary art in the global context. Gu discusses his artistic practice that merges traditional Chinese ink painting, Western art installation and a provocative, unconventional use of materials such as human hair.

This talk was generously supported by: The Timothy C. Kerr Family Foundation

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




March 15, 2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture
Lecture: Bruce Grenville
Things that Matter: The Legacy of Collage

In this illustrated lecture, MashUp co-curator Bruce Grenville traces the legacy of collage from Pablo Picasso and Hannah Höch to contemporary artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Isa Genzken and Hito Steyerl.



Tuesday March 1, 2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture
MashUp Curators’ Salon
Local contributing curators and writers present dynamic, short presentations on their contributions to MashUp. Each talk gives an exciting overview on many of the exhibition’s artists and topics.



January 9, 2016
The Gund Collection: Contemporary and Historical Art from the Northwest Coast
Artist's Talk: Robert Davidson
In this illustrated lecture, acclaimed Haida artist Robert Davidson talks about his artistic practice that draws on traditional and contemporary Haida forms and iconography.


October 30, 2015
Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie
Traces of Discovery: Conversations on Jerry Pethick
With artists John Drury, Melissa Crenshaw and Buster Simpson

Guest speakers explore the vast scope of Jerry Pethick's practice and legacy. Artist and friend John Drury shares stories of Pethick’s time at Pilchuk Glass School, Melissa Crenshaw explains his contribution to pioneering holography as an art medium and artist Buster Simpson speaks to Pethick’s ongoing artistic influence. Curator Grant Arnold moderates Q&A with the presenters.


October 3, 2015
Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
Lecture: Francesco Freddolini, Luther College, University of Regina
Inside and Outside the Frame: Understanding Paintings in their Historical Context

Many Renaissance and Baroque paintings have experienced a variety of lives. Although we now admire them in museums, these objects originally existed in ecclesiastical, public or domestic contexts. For example, paintings could function as tools for prayer above altars or as celebratory images displayed in aristocratic palaces. By looking outside the frame—at the context that surrounded the paintings—this talk explores historical patterns of display, casts light on how viewers interacted with artworks and suggests how such images communicated meaning in their original social contexts.

Presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.


July 28, 2015
Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums
Lecture: Dr. Efrat El-Hanany, Capilano University
Virtue and Vice: Women in Italian Art

This lecture takes a deeper look at the striking representations of women in the current exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, showing how such figures as the exemplary Virgin Mary, the sensual Salome, the repentant Mary Magdalene and the triumphant Galatea have served to shape the social roles of women in past centuries.


September 29, 2015
The Conceptual Design of the new Vancouver Art Gallery
Presentation for the New Vancouver Art Gallery Queen Elizabeth Theatre
On September 29, 2015, the conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery by Herzog & de Meuron revealed a rich design with appealing public spaces, thoughtfully integrated with a unique and compelling building.


June 16, 2015
Residue: The Persistence of the Real
Artist's Talk: Stan Douglas
Vancouver artist Stan Douglas, 2013 recipient of the Scotiabank Photography Award, speaks about his new work and critically renowned practice. After this illustrated artist talk, Douglas is joined by Residue curator Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, to talk about the film Luanda-Kinshas and this work's relationship to the exhibition’s theme.


May 23, 2015
Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery
Building for Change Symposium
This public symposium begins with a keynote lecture Who is the Public? The History of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Design of Urban Public Space by Dr. Ocean Howell. Following this presentation, local cultural practitioners Justin Langlois, Lorna Brown and Cameron Cartiere participate in a panel discussion entitled Claiming the Commons: Art as an Agent for Change.


May 12, 2015
Offsite: Reena Saini Kallat
Artist's Talk: Reena Saini Kallat
Mumbai-based artist Reena Saini Kallat recreates migration routes across the world through a symbolic web of human and cultural movement and exchange. In this artist talk, Kallat discusses her interest in the notion of the map as dynamic, ever changing, transfer of data and energy through the movement and intersection of travellers.


May 6, 2015
Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog &
de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery

A Lecture by Jacques Herzog
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, award winning architect Jacques Herzog delivered a lecture at the Orpheum Theatre to an enthusiastic audience of 2,600 people, sharing the firm's vision of how architecture can shape cities and cultural life. We were thrilled to see such a fantastic crowd that cared deeply about our art, architecture, culture, city and future!

Jacques Herzog established Herzog & de Meuron with Pierre de Meuron in Basel in 1978. He studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. In 2001, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize together with Pierre de Meuron.

Lecture Supported by:
The Timothy C. Kerr Family Foundation



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Herzog & de Meuron were appointed to design the future Vancouver Art Gallery building in collaboration with the Vancouver firm Perkins+Will as the local executive architects.
May 2, 2015
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Lecture: Barbara Tyner
Expanding the Picture: Women Artists of Modernism

Notice anything missing from the exhibition Cezanne and the Modern? Hint: It’s not male artists. In this lively talk, Barbara Tyner presents an expanded picture of Modernism that includes female artists. She playfully pairs each male artist in the show with an important female artist whose work offers a parallel in medium, style, mode of depiction, subject matter and influence. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec finds his analogue in Suzanne Valadon, Edgar Degas goes tête-à-tête with Mary Cassatt and Cezanne meets his match in an equally revolutionary painter (but we’ll have to leave Europe to find her). These women are not lesser artists, and were successful painters and sculptors of the vanguard who worked in an exhilarating modernist vocabulary alongside their male counterparts.


April 14, 2015
Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun
Artist's Talk: Andrew Dadson
Andrew Dadson discusses his working methods and the work on view as part of Over the Sun.


April 28, 2015
Beyond the Trees:
Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr

Artists' Talk: WALLPAPERS
Artist collective, WALLPAPERS (Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly) discuss their art practice, which uses computer-generated animated patterns to produce site-specific installations. This artistsv talk is presented alongside the exhibition Beyond the Trees: Wallpapers in Dialogue with Emily Carr, which considers the relationship between painted and digital representations of nature, exploring how they can coexist.
This talk is presented in conjunction with
Capture Photography Festival


March 17, 2015
14th Annual Heller Lecture: Professor Eugene Wang
To Move Mountains: Old Script and New Practices in Contemporary Chinese Art
The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University, as the 14th annual Heller Lecturer. This illustrated lecture, To Move Mountains: Old Script and New Practices in Contemporary Chinese Art addresses the complex relationships that tradition and history have within contemporary Chinese art. Presented alongside Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Contemporary Chinese Art, it builds on the current exhibition's key themes, with a fulsome discussion about how tradition is transformed through personal experiences, politics and contemporary art practices.



March 3, 2015
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Lecture: Dr. Catherine Soussloff
Chaïm Soutine: A Painter's Painter

Art historian Dr. Catherine Soussloff, Professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia, presents an in-depth lecture on the remarkable painting of Chaïm Soutine, with a particular focus on portraiture.



February 24, 2015
Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection
Lecture: Dr. Matthew Simms
Paul Cézanne: A Magnificent Monster

Paul Cézanne, to cite the words of art critic Charles Morice, was a “magnificent monster.” He saw Cézanne as an anti-social and self-absorbed artist. Cézanne's art was at times also described as monstrous, that is, characterized by deviations from conventional practice. Dr. Matthew Simms, Professor of Art History at California State University, explores the theme of monstrosity in relationship to Cézanne's art and his reception by future generations.



February 14, 2015
From the Collection: The Poetics of Space
Performance: Lin Snelling & Shelagh Keeley
Choreographer Lin Snelling performs an improvisational dance related to the installation of Shelagh Keeley's after Lucretius / De Rerum Natura / the nature of things, 2012.

Watch an excerpt of this performance (full video available upon request).



January 27, 2015
Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey
Lecture: Dr. Gerta Moray and Sarah Milroy
on Emily Carr

This presentation features talks about Emily Carr by both Dr. Gerta Moray, a professor of art history and Sarah Milroy, veteran art critic and co-curator of the recent survey of Emily Carr's work From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia. The focus on Carr highlights her growing international reputation as well as a continued interest locally in evaluating and reevaluating the influence of her painting.



January 9 2015
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Lecture: John Kieschnick
Professor Kieschnick, a specialist in Chinese Buddhism with particular emphasis on its cultural history, presents a lecture regarding prayer beads in connection with imperial portraits and The Forbidden City.

Kieschnick is Co-Director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, and is the author of the Eminent Monk: Buddhist Ideals in Medieval China and The Impact of Buddhism on Chinese Material Culture. He is currently working on a book on Buddhist interpretations of the past in China, and a primer for reading Buddhist texts in Chinese.

Co-presented with The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society as part of the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series



October 28, 2014
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Patrcia Berger: Multiple Identities: The Many Faces of the Manchu Emperors of China
Berkley-based scholar and author of Empire of Emptiness, Patricia Berger presents a lecture that looks at the important role of Buddhist painting, sculpture, and decorative arts produced by Imperial Qing court artists and distributed throughout the empire.



October 25, 2014
Offsite: Robert Youds
Artist Talk: Robert Youds
The presentation, Now is Not the Time, is comprised of a non-linear sampling of the artists recent art coupled with images of other artist's works. It takes the form of a spoken travelogue of thoughts, perceptions and practice, in relationship to images, objects and things from the world he has encountered. In addition, he drifts away from current discourse around art practice today from its partitioning of the present, towards a broader notion of how we might reconsider the irregularity of time embedded within our perception of things.



October 21, 2014
Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form
Jock Macdonald–Scholar's Panel: Anna Hudson, Michelle Jacques, Linda Jansma, Ian Thom & Joyce Zemans
This panel presents recent scholarship on Macdonald, exploring aspects of his early landscape work in the wilderness of British Columbia, his automatic drawings and development of "thought-forms," and his final period working in abstraction as part of the Painters Eleven. It also addresses Macdonald's influence as co-founder of a short-lived, rogue art school and as a dedicated and celebrated teacher.

Jock Macdonald was a pioneer of postwar abstraction in Canada and has been called one of the "greatest teachers of the century." Evolving Form is the first major retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work in more than thirty years.



October 14, 7pm
Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie, Wood Chopper and the Monkey
Artist Talk: Landon Mackenzie
The artist presents an illustrated lecture about her work and discusses her curatorial research into the work of Emily Carr for the exhibition Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie, Wood Chopper and the Monkey, on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery from September 20, 2014 to April 6, 2015.



October 1st, 2014
Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog &
de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery

Meet Herzog & de Meuron
Christine Binswanger, Senior Partner
Simon Demeuse, Associate

The design architects of the new Vancouver Art Gallery discuss their diverse take on museum design through a selection of previous projects. Founded in Basel in 1978, Herzog & de Meuron are internationally recognized for designs that are both highly inventive and responsive to the site, geography and culture of the place for which they are conceived. Hear what makes Herzog & de Meuron one of the world's most lauded architectural firms as well as their initial impressions about Vancouver, followed by a public discussion.

Led by five Senior Partners—Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach—Herzog & de Meuron have designed a wide range of projects, from highly recognized public facilities such as museums and stadiums, to distinguished private projects, and have been awarded numerous prizes, including The Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2001, and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the Praemium Imperiale, both in 2007.



Herzog & de Meuron were appointed to design the future Vancouver Art Gallery building in collaboration with the Vancouver firm Perkins+Will as the local executive architects.
June 24, 2014
Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything
Artist Talk: Douglas Coupland
Known for work that blends high and low culture, with generation-defining observations Douglas Coupland speaks about the ideas driving his work, and his impulse to engage a humouous, if somewhat darker understanding of ourselves. By approaching culture through art making, Coupland offers a unique vantage on cultural identity mixed with utopian optimism that can be a foundation to regard the "21st century condition".



June 11, 2014
Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything
The Future of the Future: An Evening of Ideas
Hosted by Douglas Coupland with Sophia Al Maria on Gulf Futurism | William Gibson on the Future of Anything and Everything | James Gleick on the Future of Information | Michael Stipe on the Future of Life and How to Live It| moderated by Michael Prokopow

What will life and art be like ten years from now, or twenty?
An artist and writer, known for work that blends high and low culture, and generation-defining observations, Douglas Coupland hosts an incredible range of cultural thinkers whose ideas inspire us to consider who we are and what we could become.



June 21, 2014
Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
Artist Talk: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
Dark suggestive spaces full of embodied memory: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller give an overview of their works and practice, focusing on the exhibition Lost in the Memory Palace.

Award winning artists Janet Cardiff (b. 1957, Brussels, Ontario, Canada) and George Bures Miller (b. 1960, Vegreville, Alberta, Canada) create immersive multimedia works usually involving sound.



May 24, 2014
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors
Lecture: Jan Walls
In anticipation of the exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, the Vancouver Art Gallery hosts a lecture by the eminent scholar Dr. Jan Walls. The talk addresses the palace context, touching on particular aspects of the architecture of The Forbidden City, including the role of numerology and animal symbolism in the building of this vast city complex.

Dr. Jan Walls is Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the David Lam Centre for International Communication, Simon Fraser University. Active in many community organizations, Wall has published literary and cultural studies and translations, and lectured widely in the fields of East Asian languages and cultures, East-West intercultural communication and the theory and practice of cross-cultural translation.



May 20, 2014
Myfanw y MacLeod, Or There and Back Again
Lecture: Susan Fast
Whole Lotta Love: Power, Pleasure, Gender and Fandom in Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin's excessive, if always nuanced, music was pieced together from blues, psychedelia, folk, Indian and North African musics, and was transformed by technology and the quest for empowerment into a formidable construction of white masculinity. This talk explores issues of power, pleasure, gender and fandom in Zeppelin's music.

Susan Fast is Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and Director of the Graduate Program in Gender Studies & Feminist Research.


April 8, 2014
Myfanwy MacLeod, Or There and Back Again
The Music Appreciation Society Presents: Led Zeppelin
The Music Appreciation Society, Brady Cranfield & Kathy Slade, chairs a listening panel on Led Zeppelin with contributions by Myfanwy MacLeod, Kevin Schmidt, Phil Smith, and Jean Smith.

The Music Appreciation Society (TMAS) is dedicated to the public appreciation of music. The primary activity of TMAS is to promote the discussion of music, especially popular music, in an art context.


March 14, 2014
A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky
Heller Lecture 2014: Edward Burtynsky
Known as one of Canada's most respected photographers, Burtynsky's remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in over 50 major museum collections around the world. The artist's illustrated talk explores his photographic practice with a focus on Water, his most recent photographic series, and his award-winning documentary Watermark. Following the lecture, Burtynsky is joined on stage by human ecologist William Rees, and anthropologist Wade Davis for a discussion concerning the role of water in global ecological sustainability.

Supported by Paul and Edwina Heller in memory of Kitty Heller.



March 11, 2014
Offsite: Babak Golkar
Artist Talk: Babak Golkar
Vancouver-Based artist Babak Golkar speaks about his Offsite installation Time to Let Go, a work comprised of several large terracotta pots. Golkar's installation addresses increased expectations and anxiety in contemporary society. Each vessel is uniquely designed to contain a scream, offering a location for viewers to release excess feelings encountered in their everyday lives.

Born in the United States, raised in Tehran and having lived between Canada and the Middle East since 1996, Babak Golkar has developed bodies of work, which navigate and negotiate the space between cultural and socio-economical registers. His research-based art practice is centred on seemingly contradictory forms, shapes and material.



January 28, 2014
Muntadas: Entre/Between
Critical Reflections 4: Robert Atkins on the Media Landscape
Antoni Muntadas: Media, Milestones & Memories

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the public lecture by Robert Atkins was unable to proceed as scheduled. In its place, Atkins has adapted his lecture to create this downloadable illustrated PDF. A welcome post-script to the exhibition, this text offers a critical perspective and lively insights about the exhibition and its relation to Muntadas' interrogation of the nature of media, a process spanning multiple projects and several decades.



December 3, 2013
Muntadas: Entre/Between
Critical Reflections 3: Cross Cultural Television
A talk by Hank Bull and Alex Muir

Vancouver artist Hank Bull first met Muntadas in 1979. In 1986 they collaborated on Cross-Cultural Television, a global comparative analysis of broadcast TV news. Produced as a special feature for the Vancouver edition of INFERMENTAL, a magazine on videotape, the work has a long exhibition history. Bull presents the video along with original correspondence related to the project. He is joined by local scholar and media curator Alex Muir to reflect on the cultural and media context of its production.



November 19, 2013
Muntadas: Entre/Between
Critical Reflections 2: Between the Frames
A lecture by Mary Anne Staniszewski

The second event in the Critical Reflections Speaker Series features a lecture by New York based writer and scholar Mary Anne Staniszewski addressing the history of display and the structures of the art world in relation to Muntadas' extensive work Between the Frames, an installation comprising eight sections that when taken together serve as a metaphor for the art world.



November 9, 2013
Muntadas: Entre/Between
Critical Reflections 1: Entre/Between
A talk with Muntadas, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and Daina Augaitis

On the occasion of the survey exhibition Muntadas: Entre/Between, this speaker series casts a critical eye toward key works and moments in the artist's career. This conversation addresses the development of Muntadas' early practice in light of his recent activities. Curator and Director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker presents remarks on the pioneering conceptual and media-based work Muntadas undertook upon visits to Vancouver in the 1970s. Danzker's talk is followed by a brief presentation by Muntadas' about a recent project, and finally a panel discussion between Danzker, Muntadas, and Chief Curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Daina Augaitis.



October 29 , 2013
Focus on the Collection:
Geoffrey James and Grant Arnold on the work of Charles Gagnon

Canadian photographer Geoffrey James gives a presentation on eminent Canadian artist Charles Gagnon, focusing on his photographic work and reflecting on Gagnon's particular influence and manner of working. Beginning with a reflection on his lifelong friendship with Gagnon, James is joined by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art for a discussion about the work and its importance in the Vancouver Art Gallery collection.

This talk was produced on the occasion of the Capture Photography Festival 2013.



October 26, 2013
Charles Edenshaw
Charles Edenshaw Symposium
Part 2: The Tenacity of Objects

A close look the qualities and complications of Edenshaw's work.

Presenters:
Robert Davidson, Haida Artist
Bill McLennan, Curator, Pacific Northwest, UBC Museum of Anthropology
Robin K. Wright, Bill Holm Center Endowed Professor of Art History, School of Art, Curator of Native American Art and Director of the Bill Holm Center, Burke Museum, University of Washington
Aldona Jonaitis, Director, University of Alaska Museum of the North


October 26, 2013
Charles Edenshaw
Charles Edenshaw Symposium
Part 1: What does it mean to be Haida?

How are Haida traditions carried forward through art within the community? To mark the Charles Edenshaw exhibition, the Gallery hosted two panel discussions. This day of presentations brought together Haida perspectives on their artistic traditions, the importance of Edenshaw's objects to the Haida and to the scholarly community and ways that these traditions are understood by a new generation.

Presenters:
Chief 7Idansuu, James Hart, Artist and Haida Chief
Christian White-Kihl guulaans, Haida Argillite Carver
Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, gid7ahl-gudsllaay, Barrister and Solicitor
Rainbow Creek Dancers, Tuul gundlas *iiaal xaadii


September 7 , 2013
Portraits in Time
Artist Talk: Tom Sherman
Media artist Tom Sherman speaks about his work Exclusive Memory, on view as part of an exhibition called Portraits in Time, drawn from works in the Vancouver Art Gallery collection. Enabled by a long-distance video feed, the artist discusses his process and research toward the realization of the work, addressing his early career and immersion in new media. Sherman presents insight and a deep consideration of the subject of this six-channel work: an inquiry into artificial intelligence and human-machine relations.



June 15 , 2013
Persuasive Visions: 17th Century Dutch and Flemish Masterworks and Contemporary Reflections
Artist Talk: Rhonda Weppler
Clutter, Stacks and Cast Offs: A Talk About Process

An in-gallery talk by the artist Rhonda Weppler about her collaborative practice with Trevor Mahovsky. Together, the artists gather and collate materials to construct their sculptural works that are informed by the properties and surfaces of their chosen materials. In this talk Rhonda Weppler discusses the process of constructing Rozinante, a 15-foot veneer sculpture of the rozinante boat type, fabricated for the exhibition.



June 11, 2013
Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life
Reading: Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel
This reading and talk by author Karen Tei Yamashita considers the role of the residential hotel in the construction of Asian American identity. Reading from her 10-part novella I Hotel, Yamashita will discuss her research into the history of activism surrounding the International Hotel in San Francisco from 1968-1977.



May 28, 2013
Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life
Lecture: Michael Sheridan on Arne Jacobsen and the SAS Royal Hotel
A lecture by architectural historian Michael Sheridan touring through the SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, a grand hotel for the jet age. The talk expounds on the hotels many features, explaining its central role to Jacabsen's career and the sources of its enduring appeal.



May 7, 2013
Patrick Faigenbaum
Lecture: Jean-François Chevrier
Patrick Faigenbaum: Inside / Outside

A lecture by Paris-based curator and art historian Jean-François Chevrier on the work of Patrick Faigenbaum, presented in relation to the first survey exhibition of the artist's work in North America.



April 16, 2013
Grand Hotel
Lecture: Suzanne Oxenaar
The Lloyd Hotel, The Llove Hotel and Hotel The Exchange

Dutch curator and hotel proprietor Suzanne Oxenaar lectures on her work in instigating and managing three unconventional hotels, speaking to a process of working with designers, artists and architects across cultural and social boundaries.



March 26, 2013
The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)
James Hart
This talk by James Hart regards the process and context surrounding the design and carving of The Dance Screen (The Scream Too). This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for their survival.



March 19, 2013
CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps
Inkstuds Comic Talk: Robin McConnell
Robin McConnell, host of Inkstuds--a radio show devoted to interviews with alternative comics across North America-- joins artists Emily Carroll, Brandon Graham and Jen Vaughn for a live discussion on the art of comics, as well as reflections of their own work.



March 12, 2012
CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps
Lecture: Magnolia Pauker
Why Mice, Why Comics, Why the Holocaust: What Comes Before the Question?


February 19, 2013
Ian Wallace, At the Intersection of Painting and Photography
Reading Ian Wallace: An International Perspective
Ian Wallace in Conversation with Victor Burgin

The first use of the term "photoconceptualism" has been attributed to Ian Wallace in the late 1960s. At the time, London-based artist Victor Burgin-also a renowned critic and educator-was using similar methods in his own work and writing. This conversation offers a rare opportunity for two of photoconceptualism's leading practitioners to discuss the emergence of this defining movement.


February 5, 2013
Ian Wallace, At the Intersection of Painting and Photography
Reading Ian Wallace: An International Perspective
Ian Wallace in Conversation with Stan Douglas

Sharing a long history in Vancouver, Stan Douglas and Ian Wallace have helped to define the city's art scene internationally. In this special conversation, they explore the "cinematic eye" both employ in creating their photographic works.


January 29, 2013
Ian Wallace, At the Intersection of Painting and Photography
Reading Ian Wallace: An International Perspective
Ian Wallace in Conversation with Christine Poggi

Collage has been a recurring strategy in Ian Wallace's work, and the recent proliferation of collage-based activity in the wider art sphere suggests its significance in contemporary production. In this talk, Poggi will address collage in the wider context of art history and relate it to Wallace's practice.



January 15, 2013
Ian Wallace, At the Intersection of Painting and Photography
Reading Ian Wallace: An International Perspective
Artist Talk: Ian Wallace

A renowned artist, educator and critic, Ian Wallace gave an artist talk at the beginning of this series of presentations on the ideas and practices that have influenced his long career.



January 8, 2013
4,492,040
Book Launch and Talk: Cornelia Butler
This talk, entitled The Display of Art is a Political Act: Lucy Lippard's Feminist Curatorial Turn was given by Cornelia Butler, Chief Curator of Drawings at the Museum of Modern Art New York on the occasion of the publishing of 4,492,040 (New Documents), From Conceptualism to Feminism: Lucy Lippard's Numbers Shows (Afterall Books), and in relation to the launch of an online resource related to the exhibition 955,000.

4,492,040 is a facsimile republication of a series of catalogues produced by Lucy R. Lippard between 1969 and 1974. 955,000, an exhibition of conceptual art curated by Lucy Lippard was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery from January 13 to February 8, 1970. In From Conceptualism to Feminism: Lucy Lippard's Numbers Shows, Cornelia Butler and others examine the numbers show and follows Lippard's trajectory as critic and curator, tracing her growing political involvement and engagement with feminism.



4,492,040 Publication: Purchase online
Vancouver Art Gallery publications page
955,000 Publication: Microsite
From Conceptualism to Feminism: Afterall Books site