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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*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.


SEPT 20
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery, Room 4East

Lecture / Colin Browne
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

In this illustrated art historical lecture, guest curator Colin Browne looks at an unexpected moment in the history of Modernist painting occasioned by the meeting of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in Victoria in 1939. This talk also explores their relationship to the culture of the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and Paalen’s influence as a painter and theorist on Abstract Expressionism.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission. Doors open 6:30pm. Seating is first come, first served.

SEPT 23
FRI 1pm
In the Gallery, 1st floor

Scholar’s Tour / Catherine Soussloff
PICASSO: The Artist and His Muses

Join Catherine Soussloff, Professor of art history at the University of British Columbia, as she tours the popular exhibition Picasso: The Artist and His Muses in its final weeks. Soussloff will discuss Picasso’s later works (1955–73) in relation to both the artist’s earlier practice and the history of art in the second half of the 20th century. This tour expands on her essay “Pablo Picasso: Late Works and The Model-Muse” written for the exhibition catalogue.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

OCT 4
TUE 7pm
In the Gallery Rotunda, 1st floor

Performance / Wang Dongling
The Institute of Asian Art

Renowned contemporary calligrapher, Wang Dongling will write the Heart Sutra, one of the most important Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, during a public performance in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s rotunda. Wang will use his calligraphic invention, "chaos script," in which characters and even entire columns of text collide, generating an energetic and amorphous chaos and a written language that is pushed to the brink of legibility. Wang’s Chaos script heightens the tension between a calligrapher's controls—honed by a lifetime of training—and the spontaneity of live performance.

This performance can be viewed from the 1st and 3rd floor Rotunda. Space is limited and first come, first served. The event has standing room only. Please email talks@vanartgallery.bc.ca if accessibility accommodation are needed.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

OCT 11
TUES 7pm
In the Gallery, Courtroom 302

Artist’s Talk / Bill Burns with Gabrielle Moser
Artist Books Week

Join artist Bill Burns and writer Gabrielle Moser as they discuss Mr. Burns' new book Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us (YYZ BOOKS, Toronto and Black Dog Publishing, London). The book speculates on desire and belonging with particular reference to brown-nosing and idolization within contemporary art. It asks a question that has no answer: 'What to long for?’

Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us includes essays by Bill Burns, Jennifer Allen, Dan Adler and Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda with a foreword by Jennifer Matotek and Stuart Reid. This talk is presented as part of Artist Books Week », a parallel series of events hosted in conjunction with the Vancouver Art/Book Fair ».

Bill Burns is an artist, writer and experimental choral director. His work about art, animals and advanced industrialism has been shown at the ICA, London, England; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; KW, Berlin; Mendes Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo; and the Museum of Art, Seoul. He is represented by MKG127 in Toronto.

Gabrielle Moser is a writer, educator and independent curator. She writes regularly for Artforum.com, Art in America, Canadian Art and Fillip magazines and is currently organizing an exhibition on the use of props in contemporary art for Oakville Galleries. She is a postdoctoral fellow in art history at the University of British Columbia and an adjunct professor in art history at OCAD University.


Free. Seating is first come, first served.

OCT 26
WED 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Simon Fraser University
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
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Canadian Art Encounters: International Artists Series / Wolfgang Tillmans*

The Canadian Art Foundation, in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, hosts a talk with the critically acclaimed German artist Wolfgang Tillmans. Tillmans will be joined in conversation by New York and Toronto-based writer and critic Tom McDonough.

Doors open 6:30pm. Artist’s Talk 7pm.

TICKETS*: $15 General
$10 for Gallery Members
and Canadian Art Subscribers





For full details, visit our Special Events page ».


Canadian art


Presented by BMO Financial Group. Sponsored by Goethe-Institut.


OCT 29
SAT
1:30pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 1st floor

Curator’s Tour / John T. Hill
Walker Evans: Depth of Field

Guest curator John T. Hill tours the exhibition Walker Evans: Depth of Field. As a photographer, designer and writer and a friend and colleague of Walker Evans, Hill shares his in-depth knowledge of and passion for Evans’ photography.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

NOV 8
TUES 7pm
In the Gallery, Room 4East

Spoken Word Performance / Molly Billows
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer: Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen in British Columbia

Through spoken word performance, poet Molly Billows responds to the narrative in the exhibition of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen’s early 20th century artworks. Billows’ storytelling interjects a new perspective and voice into the story of Carr and Paalen’s travels through British Columbia and their artistic response to the land, people and art of the Northwest Coast First Nations.

Molly Billows is swift waters, secrets and salal berries. Northern Coast Salish from the Homalco Nation, she was adopted-out and grew up in and around Victoria. She has been living as a visitor in Vancouver, on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations since 2011. She is a queer, mixed, urban, Indigenous feminist, a spoken word poet, facilitator and youth worker. She hopes to weave together stories in ways that lift up her communities and contribute to collective healing, rage, resurgence and love.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

DEC 3
SAT
1pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Artist’s Tour / Sonny Assu
In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu

Join interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu for a tour of his exhibition In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu. Challenging the colonial gaze, Assu merges Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility to intervene into the work of Modernist painter Emily Car and her representations of the landscape and First Nations people. Assu will discuss select sculptural works, his ongoing series Interventions on the Imaginary, which includes digital tags based on a selection of Carr paintings from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection and a new collaboration with ceramic artist Brendan Tang.

Free for Members or with Gallery admission.

*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.