Lectures and Talks

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. These events take many forms, ranging from traditional slide presentations to informal artists' talks in the galleries. They bring renowned scholars, critics and artists to Vancouver, setting local art and artists in an international framework and drawing together some of the brightest minds of our time.

For more information please call 604.662.4700

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*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated (*).
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.




FEB 20
TUE 7pm
4th Floor
in the Gallery

Curator's Tour
Diana Freundl

空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan

Tour the exhibition 空/Emptiness: Emily Carr and Lui Shou Kwan with curator Diana Freundl as she builds anecdotal and philosophical connections between the practices of the two artists, here set in dialogue.

Diana Freundl is Associate Curator, Asian Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2014, she curated Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, one of the inaugural exhibitions for the Institute of Asian Art in addition to co-curating the major retrospective Lee Bull (2015) and BHARTI KER Matter (2016). Recent exhibitions include Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver and Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy (both 2017). She is the curator of the Gallery’s public art space, Offsite, which have included site-specific installations by Shanghai-based collective MadeIn Company and Mumbai-based Reena Saini Kallat. She has an academic background in comparative religion, philosophy and graduate studies in journalism.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.



FEB 22
THU 6pm
Room 4East
in the Gallery

Beyond the 49th Parallel–Setting Out into the International Art World / Marshall Webb

This special Speaker Series, titled Conversations on Contemporary Collecting, is offered to Leadership Circle Members. It is led by the passionate and insightful collector of contemporary art Marshall Webb.

Upgrade your membership to enjoy all the benefits at the Leadership Circle level, including the next events in this exciting series: vanartgallery.bc.ca/leadtheway.

For Leadership Circle Members only.



MAR 3
SAT 3pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East
Lecture:
Ashon Crawley

ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series
BOMBHEAD

Polyphonic Intention, a lecture with Ashon Crawley, presented in collaboration with The Social Justice Institute/Critical Racial and Anti-Colonial Studies Network at UBC.

Ashon Crawley, an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, is the author of Blackpentecostal Breath: The Aesthetics of Possibility (Fordham University Press, 2016), an investigation of aesthetics and performance as modes of collective, social imaginings otherwise.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.

  



MAR 4
SUN 3pm
in the Gallery

Curator's Tour
Dr. Ihor Holubizky

Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism and
A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy

Join us for tour of the exhibitions Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism and A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy with curator Ihor Holubizky.

Dr. Ihor Holubizky is Senior Curator at the McMaster Museum of Art and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at McMaster University, both located in Hamilton, Ontario. He has held curatorial positions across Canada and in Australia since the late 1970s, and received his PhD in art history from the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia. Holubizky has contributed to numerous publications in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia on a wide range of topics in visual and performative culture, and cultural and social history. He has been involved in collaborative projects with artists in Canada, Europe and Australia since the mid-1980s.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.



MAR 10
SAT 3pm
Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, 221 Georgia Street East
Vancouver BC
Directions »
Study Group:
Kyoko Matsunaga

ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series
BOMBHEAD

Join us for an afternoon convening where we will review Atomic bomb literature, documentary film, and songs of protest selected by Kyoko Matsunaga, whose research has focused on the ways in which colonial processes continue to intersect with communities in proximity to nuclear sites of past and present. This Study Group is presented in collaboration with 221a’s Pollyanna Library.

Kyoko Matsunaga is an associate professor at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies in Japan and a former Fulbright fellow at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She specializes in American Indigenous literature, nuclear/atomic literature and environmental literature. Her essays have appeared in such books and journals as Ecocriticism in Japan (Lexington Books, 2017), Sovereignty, Separatism, and Survivance: Ideological Encounters in the Literature of Native North America (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009), and Southwestern American Literature. Currently, as a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, she is completing a manuscript for a book project entitled Beyond Nuclear Apocalypse and Native Survivance: Nuclear Representations in American Indigenous Literature (nyuukuria apokaripusu e no chousen: hokubei senjuumin sakka to kaku no naratibu).

Free and open to the public.

  



APR 19
THU 6pm
Room 4East
in the Gallery

The Market Place and Money–Art as Investment, Advisors, Fairs and Publications / Marshall Webb

This special Speaker Series, titled Conversations on Contemporary Collecting, is offered to Leadership Circle Members. It is led by the passionate and insightful collector of contemporary art Marshall Webb.

Upgrade your membership to enjoy all the benefits at the Leadership Circle level, including the next events in this exciting series: vanartgallery.bc.ca/leadtheway.

For Leadership Circle Members only.



APR 24
TUE 7pm
3rd Floor
in the Gallery

Curator's Tour
John O'Brian

BOMBHEAD

Join guest curator John O’Brian for a tour of the exhibition BOMBHEAD. In exploring the emergence and ongoing impact of our nuclear ages through their representation in art, O’Brian will build affective links between the post-war nuclear age and the contemporary moment.

John O’Brian is an art historian, writer and curator. He has organized exhibitions on photography and the nuclear era—The Nuclear Machine (Copenhagen, 2016), Camera Atomica (Toronto, 2015), After the Flash (London, 2014), Strangelove’s Weegee (Vancouver, 2013)—and published twenty books, including Ruthless Hedonism: The American Reception of Matisse and David Milne and the Modern Tradition of Painting as well as Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism, which he edited. He lives in Vancouver and until recently taught at the University of British Columbia.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.



APR 28
SAT 3pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East
Panel Conversation:
Atomic Stories and
Nuclear Futures

ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series
BOMBHEAD



A panel conversation with filmmaker Gregory Coyes, author Lindsey A. Freeman and physicist M.V. Ramana. Moderated by art historian Claudette Lauzon.

Atomic Stories and Nuclear Futures bring together a group of individuals who maintain close relations to atomic inquiry and unfolding nuclear futures through their diverse practices. This panel conversation will demonstrate differing strategies for making the enormity of the nuclear meaningful in our day-to-day lives.

Bios:
Gregory Coyes is a lecturer in documentary film production at Capilano University, and he is currently completing his Masters in Film at the University of British Columbia. He received his BSc in Geology from Yale University. Coyes has worked extensively in the Indigenous broadcast community over the last thirty years as an award-winning film-maker and writer. He has also worked as a producer/director with the National Film Board, and consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. His Master’s thesis, SLOW MEDIA—Decolonized Media: the Camera as Witness, explores the potential of our relationship with media, free of the commercial imperative. He is currently conducting tests of SLOW MEDIA, measuring wellness and productivity in the BAR Lab (brain, attention, reality) in the Psychology Department at UBC. Coyes is Metis/Cree from St. Albert, Alberta.

Lindsey A. Freeman is the author of Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia (University of North Carolina Press) and This Atom Bomb in Me (forthcoming, Stanford University Press, 2018). She is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.

Claudette Lauzon is an assistant professor of contemporary art history and theory at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art (University of Toronto Press, 2017), and co-editor of two forthcoming books: Through Post-Atomic Eyes (with John O’Brian) and Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (with Karen Zaointz and Natalie Alvarez). Her current book project, Eyes in the Sky, examines cultures of surveillance and militarization through the lens of critical posthumanism.

M. V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia and the author of The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India (Penguin Books, 2012) and co-editor of Prisoners of the Nuclear Dream (Orient Longman, 2003). He is a member of the International Panel on Fissile Materials and the Global Council of Abolition 2000. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Leo Szilard Award from the American Physical Society.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.



MAY 15
TUE 7pm
Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 Howe Street
Vancouver BC
Directions »
Film Screening
ATOMIC Study: Speaker Series
BOMBHEAD

Screening of artist films and videos, presented in collaboration with Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society, featuring, among other works, Bonnie Devine and Rebecca Garrett’s Rooster Rock—The Story of Serpent River (2002) and Bruce Conner’s LOOKING FOR MUSHROOMS (long version) (1959–1967/1996) on 35mm film!

Free and open to the public.



*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated (*).
Dates and times are subject to change. Please check back for complete up-to-date listings.