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.

Current Exhibitions

Walker Evans: Depth of Field

October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017


Watch now a special preview for Walker Evans: Depth of Field.



Walker Evans
Citizen in Downtown Havana, 1933
silver gelatin print
Private Collection



Walker Evans
Roadside Sign near Birmingham, Alabama, 1936
silver gelatin print
Private collection

The American photographer Walker Evans (1903–1975) is among the most influential artists of the 20th century. Covering the full arc of his career, Walker Evans: Depth of Field presents the most comprehensive look at Evans’ work ever mounted in Canada.

Co-organized by the Josef Albers Museum Quaddrat and the High Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery, the exhibition features more than 200 black and white and colour prints from the 1920s through to the 1970s, including the iconic images Evans made in the American South during the Great Depression—work that played a major role in forging the idiom we now refer to as documentary photography. The exhibition and its companion publication explore the transatlantic roots and repercussions of Evans’ contribution to the field of photography and examine his development of a lyrical documentary style, in which a powerful personal perspective is fused with a rigorously detailed depiction of time and place.


Organized by the Josef Albers Museum Quaddrat, Bottrop, Germany and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery


Visionary Partner for Photography Exhibitions:
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn


Major support:
The Wesik Family


Additional support:
Christopher and Tara Poseley


This exhibition is made possible through support from




  • Walker Evans: Depth of Field, 2016
    Installation view at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Walker Evans
    Cotton Tenant Farmer’s Wife, 1936
    silver gelatin print
    Private Collection

  • Walker Evans: Depth of Field, 2016
    Installation view at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Walker Evans
    Junk Yard Truck Grill, West Lyme, Connecticut, 1973-75
    ink jet print
    Private Collection

  • Walker Evans: Depth of Field, 2016
    Installation view at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Walker Evans
    Roadside Sign near Birmingham, Alabama, 1936
    silver gelatin print
    Private Collection

  • Walker Evans: Depth of Field, 2016
    Installation view at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Walker Evans
    Main Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1931
    silver gelatin print
    Private Collection

  • Walker Evans: Depth of Field, 2016
    Installation view at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Walker Evans
    Tin snips, by J. Wiss & Sons Co., $1.85, 1955
    ink jet print
    Private Collection

  • Walker Evans
    NEHI, Sign from Advance, Alabama collected by William Christenberry
    and exhibited by Walker Evans at the Yale University Art Gallery in 1971
    porcelain on metal
    Collection of William and Sandra Christenberry

  • Walker Evans: Depth of Field, 2016
    Installation view at the Vancouver Art Gallery
    Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Walker Evans
    Torn Movie Poster, 1931
    silver gelatin print
    Private Collection

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