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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Video Documentation

Visit the Gallery's video page, to view documentation of lectures and talks.
 
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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.




Through

MAR 30

THURSDAYS

4:30-6:30pm
Emily Carr University, South Building, Room 301
Directions »

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Curatorial Lectures Series
Topics in Global Art:
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Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

In this weekly open course, international curators from renowned cultural institutions share their curatorial research and vision in the context of globalization. In collaboration with Gallery 221A, Vancouver Art Gallery, and supported by the Province of British Columbia’s Creative Economy Strategy, Emily Carr University of Art + Design hosts this curatorial lectures series as part of Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures International Visitors Program.

  • March 9 – Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY
  • March 16 – Lisa Marei Schmidt, Curator, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin
  • March 23 – Alex Klein, Curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
  • March 30 – Gayatri Sinha, art critic and curator, Critical Collective, New Delhi

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Free. Seating is limited
and first come, first served.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.



MAR 7
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East

Curator’s Talk
Wanda Nanibush »

Marking Place Speaker Series

In this talk, Wanda Nanibush, Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior and Assistant Curator of Indigenous and Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, discusses the power and place of Indigenous artists and art in shaping the country now called Canada within a long history of ongoing resistance and resurgence.

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Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.




MAR 21
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East

Curator’s Talk
Ian Thom »

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl (2017)
& Arts of the Raven (1967)
Work in Progress Curators’ Talks

Senior Curator Ian Thom will discuss the exhibition Susan Point: Spindle Whorl (2017) in relation to Arts of the Raven (1967), an exhibition that honoured of the one hundredth anniversary of Canadian Confederation, which included Tsimshian, Tlingit, Haida and Kwakwaka'wakw art.

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Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.




APR 4
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East

Curator’s Talk
Daina Augaitis »

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures (2016/2017)
& Young Romantics (1985)
Work in Progress Curators’ Talks

Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, will trace the long history of local survey exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery to the current exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, the first in a series of triennials that reaffirms the institution’s commitment to the local.

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Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.




APR 11
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery
Room 4East

Artist’s Talk
Howie Tsui

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui unpacks the multi-layered references within his solo exhibition Retainers of Anarchy—from martial arts to philosophy to the Kowloon Walled City—that address ideas about identity, colonialism and political resistance. Tsui’s new work, Retainers of Anarchy (2017), which shares the exhibition title, is an amalgamation of fantastical martial arts styles and characters, woven together with threads of social and political realities of present-day Hong Kong in the form of a 25-metre animated hand-drawing. For more than a decade Tsui has explored Asian history and pop culture, creating ironic cross-references to bring contradictions to the fore through his intricate use of ink and paint, as well as sculpture and installation.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.




APR 13
THUR 6pm
Blue Moon Theatre
Shangri La Hotel, 6th floor
Directions »

Visiting Curators Talk
Cosmi Costinas, Peter Eleey and Sunghee Lee

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

Visiting curators Cosmi Costinas, Para Site (Hong Kong); Peter Eleey, MoMA PS1 (New York); and Sunghee Lee, Art Space Pool (Seoul) give short talks on their curatorial interests and upcoming projects, followed by questions from the audience. These presentations by curators from renowned cultural institutions are presented in conjunction with the Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures International Visitors Program designed to broaden the global visibility of Vancouver artists.

Free. Seating is very limited
and first come, first served.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.



APR 25
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery
Annex Workshop

Curator’s Talk
Diana Freundl in conversation with artists Josh Hon and Gu Xiong »

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver (2017) & Here Not There (1995)
Work in Progress Curators’ Talks

Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art, will discuss Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver (2017) in relation to the exhibition Here Not There (1995), which presented sculpture, stoneware and paintings by Vancouver-based Chinese artists. Following Freundl’s presentation, artists Josh Hon (Pacific Crossings) and Gu Xiong (Here Not There) will join the curator in conversation.

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Free, no Gallery admission required. Seating is first come, first served.




MAY 2
TUE 7pm
in the Gallery
Annex Workshop

Panel Discussion

The Influence and Legacy of Susan Point:
Dana Claxton / Jim Kew / India Rael Young / Jordan Wilson

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl surveys the expansive career of influential Musqueam artist Susan Point. In this panel, speakers share their knowledge of and appreciation for the art of Susan Point and consider her ongoing influence and legacy. Jim Kew, Cultural Representative for the Musqueam Indian Band, reflects on Point’s life and work through the theme of transition within the traditional Salish paradigm. Filmmaker and artist Dana Claxton speaks from a Hunkpapa Lakota perspective on the role of Indigenous woman's art and the importance of Point’s work to future generations of artists. Art historian India Rael Young and Musqueam curator Jordan Wilson consider her wide-ranging oeuvre and multi-disciplinary artistic contributions from printmaking to public sculpture and to expanding the appreciation of Coast Salish cultural expression.

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Free, no Gallery admission required. Seating is first come, first served.

*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.