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.

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SEPT 18
TUE 7 pm
Room 4East
in the Gallery
David Wisdom Slideshow

Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom is back to host his legendary communal slideshow at the Gallery. Featuring local artists and arts practitioners, the evening is a warm gathering pairing selected images with music, with introductions by Wisdom and participating artists.

This year’s slideshow will feature the work of artists Britta Bacchus, Seth Berkowitz, Christopher Brayshaw, Connie Kuhns, Rodney Graham, the Adad Hannah Family, Robert Kleyn, Brad Phillips, Carol Sawyer, Neil Wedman and more.

This event will be followed by a reception and musical set, where Wisdom will present his album Music For Art Galleries—1,000 Recordings In Alphabetical Order For Enhanced Viewing.


$12 Members  |  $15 General Admission  |  $10 Students  


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David Wisdom is best known across Canada for his thirty years on the CBC Radio network as host and producer of music programs such as NightlinesRadioSonic and Pearls of Wisdom. He has also been taking photographs since the mid-1960s, and his work has been exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Equinox Gallery and the Teck Gallery in Vancouver; The Gordon Smith Gallery in North Vancouver; and ArtSpring and Fault Line Projects on Salt Spring Island. Wisdom has also presented his multi-artist slide shows in dozens of venues throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

$12 Members  |  $15 General Admission  |  $10 Students and Seniors  

Image credit: David Wisdom, Montana, Courtesy of the Artist, photo: Connie Kuhns
SEPT 25
TUE 7 pm
4th Floor
In the Gallery
Curator's Tour: Ian Thom
View from the Inside

A Curator's View: Ian Thom Selects

Join us for a tour of the exhibition A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects with Ian Thom, former Senior Curator—Historical, to gain new insight into important works from the Gallery’s permanent collection through Thom’s personal reflections and deep knowledge of the Gallery’s expansive holdings.

Free for members or with Gallery admission.


Image: Lawren Harris, Tamarack Swamp, Algoma, 1920, oil on canvas, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Mrs. Margaret H. Knox, Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery
SEPT 29
SAT 2-5 PM
Room 4East
in the Gallery
Artist Talk and Book Launch:
the all of usness in the room

Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?

Join performance artists Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin as they poetically reflect on their collaborative work and perform a reading from their text Writing. First. Contacts?. The conversation and performance will look to the intersections between temporality, bodies and land to ponder the often unspoken experiences of intercultural relationships.

A reception to celebrate the launch of their artist book, published to accompany the exhibition Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? will follow. The reception will include a cash bar and catering provided by Cedar Feast House.


Image credit: Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land? Performance by Ayumi Goto, Tarah Hogue and Peter Morin, this is not us, July 21, 2018 photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery
OCT 9
TUE 7 pm
Pacific Ballroom
Fairmont Hotel
900 W Georgia Street
Guo Pei In Conversation with Bronwyn Cosgrave
Guo Pei: Couture Beyond

In advance of the opening of the exhibition Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, join us for a conversation with artist and designer Guo Pei, facilitated by fashion journalist Bronwyn Cosgrave.

Rife with symbolism, Guo Pei's exquisite oeuvre of immaculately crafted masterpieces evoke the decadence of China's historical dynasties and have secured her a place amongst the world's premier fashion designers. Revered for combining China's rich aesthetic tradition with contemporary sensibilities, she is the only Chinese designer who has been invited to join Paris' prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.

Presented in both English and Mandarin, the discussion will illuminate how Guo Pei uses the medium of fashion to revivify tradition through a contemporary lens.


$27 Members  |  $30 General Admission  |  $25 Students and Seniors  


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Guo Pei is China's most renowned couturière. For more than twenty years, she has dressed royalty, political elite and international influencers. Her show-stopping, magnificent creations make her a modern messenger of her cultural heritage. Guo Pei made her Paris Fashion Week debut in January 2016 to wide critical acclaim. She has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People and one of The Business of Fashion's 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry.

Bronwyn Cosgrave has edited and authored five critically acclaimed fashion history books, including Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards and Vogue On: Coco Chanel. A former features editor of British Vogue, she has written on design and fashion for an international array of publications and websites, including Architectural Digest, CNN.com, Grazia, Harper's Bazaar, the Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Cosgrave also curated Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, an exhibition commemorating the production design of the James Bond film series.

Image credit: Guo Pei, One Thousand and Two Nights, 2010, silk cloak embroidered with metal thread and silk- and 24-karat-gold-spun thread and adorned with silk bows and fox fur. Photo: Courtesy of SCAD
10月9日
周二晚间7点
温哥华费尔蒙酒店太平洋宴会厅
900 W Georgia Street
郭培与时尚作家布朗温 ·考斯葛瑞福 (Bronwyn Cosgrave)对话

为了迎来《郭培: 超越时装》展览开幕北美首展,欢迎加入我们与艺术家兼设计师郭培的对话,并由知名时尚作家布朗温 ·考斯葛瑞福 (Bronwyn Cosgrave)主持。

郭培的先锋造型充满了象征寓意,精美绝伦的服装寓示了中国历代王朝的兴衰,使她稳居全球顶级时装设计师之列。将当代设计与民国前的富贵华丽完美地融为一体,郭培是唯一受邀参加过巴黎高级时装协会的中国籍设计师。

此座谈将以英语和普通话进行,探讨郭培如何通过当代视角运用时尚媒介来重振传统价值。


門票:會員 $27  |  普通票 $30  |  學生及老人票 $25   


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郭培是中国高级订制服第一人。二十多年来,她为皇室成员和政商名流们设计时装。那让众人眼睛为之一亮的精湛复杂的作品,使她成为国家级非物质文化遗产的现代推行者。郭培于2016年1月首次亮相巴黎时装周,获得广泛赞誉。同年,荣登《时代周刊》全球100位最具影响力人物榜单, 并在2017年当上《BoF时装商业评论》,塑造全球时尚五百人之一。

布朗温 ·考斯葛瑞福 (Bronwyn Cosgrave) 编辑并撰写过五本时尚历史畅销书, 包括 《为他人而制:时尚与奥斯卡金像奖》(Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards) 和《时尚:可可 · 香奈儿》 (Vogue On:Coco Chanel) 。也曾任英国《Vogue》杂志原形象主编,并为其他知名国际出版及网站撰写设计与时尚等文章:《建筑文摘》(Architectural Digest ),《CNN.com》,《Grazia》,《时尚芭莎》(Harper’s Bazaar),《好莱坞报导》(The Hollywood Reporter),《浮华世界》(Vanity Fair)和《Vogue》。除此之外,考斯葛瑞福还策划了《设计007:50年的邦德风格》一展,一个纪念詹姆斯邦德电影系列后制设计的展览。

图注:郭培, “一千零二夜”,2010年,(细节),绣有真丝线、24克拉黄金和纯银丝线,饰有水晶、宝石、彩珠、亮片和珍珠的网纱绸缎长袍;狐狸毛镶边真丝披肩;饰有宝石、施华洛世奇水晶、水钻和珍珠的黄铜头冠,图片由 SCAD 提供。
OCT 20
SAT 1 pm
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
The Library's Artist Book Room
520 East 1st Avenue
Lecture: David Senior
Publishing Performance

Vancouver Art Book Fair

Join us for a lecture by David Senior, Head of Library and Archives at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as he discusses historical examples of artists' publications that reflect experiments with performance and the various ways that these published works were used to communicate and distribute new art practices.

Presented as part of the Vancouver Art Book Fair.

*TICKETED EVENT | All programming is in the Gallery and free with Gallery Admission unless otherwise indicated.
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