Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.

Past Exhibitions

Between Object and Action:
Transforming Media in the 1960s and 70s

October 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016

Façade and entrance of the former Vancouver Art Gallery building, with crocheted videotape awning by Evelyn Roth and leopard print mural by Eric Metcalfe, for the 1973 exhibition Pacific Vibrations.

Carole Itter
Chicken Box #3, 1974
mixed media
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Gift of the Artist
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Gathie Falk
Herd I, 1974-75
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Purchased with donations from Mr. and Mrs. W. Pitts, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Paul Saunders, Mrs. Gordon R. Southam, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Stewart, Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia and Canada Council Matching Grant

During the late 1960s and early 70s, Vancouver's art scene was electrified by a spirit of experimentation that challenged the traditional boundaries of painting, sculpture and other media. Burring these categories, artists introduced the beginning of installation and performance art in Vancouver.

Between Object and Action presents significant bodies of work by some key practitioners including Kate Craig and Eric Metcalfe (a.k.a. Dr. and Lady Brute), Gathie Falk, Carole Itter and Evelyn Roth, drawn primarily from the Gallery's permanent collection. Much of the work from this period invented entirely new ways of creating environments and expressed a healthy disregard for the sanctity of the art object itself, sometimes privileging the ephemeral experience of the art encounter over its documentation. The exhibition reveals both the challenges and strategies of maintaining these innovative works, which take the form of sculptures, photo and video documentation, performance props and drawings.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director

Visionary Partner for Permanent Collection Exhibitions:
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation