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

Myfanwy MacLeod
Or There and Back Again

March 8 to June 8, 2014

Myfanwy MacLeod
Miss August, 2012 (detail)
creased Dorothy Stratten Playboy poster, flocked matte board, Plexiglas
Collection of Jane Irwin and Ross Hill, Greychurch

Myfanwy MacLeod
Ramble On, 2013
1977 Camaro Rally Sport, steel stand
Courtesy of the Artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver

Myfanwy MacLeod
Stack, 2013
acrylic and ink on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist and
Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery

Since the mid-1990s, THe Vancouver-based artist Myfanwy MacLeod has become widely known for making art that traverses the boundaries that define high culture and mass entertainment in a satirical investigation of social power. Hinging on linguistic slippages and unexpected flashes of recognition, she uncovers new meanings and points of intersection within iconic episodes in popular culture and the history of modern art. Simultaneously amusing and troubling, her work has, for example, used overt references to Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, incorporated sculptural motifs from the 1968 British musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and included origami sculptures from images of the murdered Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten.

Myfanwy MacLeod or There and Back Again focuses on new works produced specifically for this exhibition, in which the sexually charged music of Led Zeppelin and the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien are key references. These include Ramble On, a 1977 Chevrolet Camaro that has been stripped of much of its bodywork and engine and hangs on a rotisserie stand, a bit like a beast in the process of being roasted, and Stack, a large-scale wall-mounted work that resembles the wall of Marshall speaker cabinets used by Led Zeppelin to produce heavily amplified sound for their stadium concerts.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Museum London and curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art and Cassandra Getty.

Visionary Partner:
David Aisenstat
Generously Supported by:
Douglas E. Bolton

Publication Support:

Jane Irwin and Ross Hill