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221A Ambivalent Pleasures Library and Public Program
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures
In response to Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, Gallery 221A, a non-profit organization in Vancouver’s Chinatown, is presenting a series of public programs that implicates some of the practices of the artists in this exhibition and expands on the vital conversations taking place in Vancouver’s contemporary art community. For full details, visit 221A’s website and follow 221A on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Free to the public.

APR 13
Offsite, 1100 West
Georgia Street
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Performance: Holy Hum + Sinoia Caves
Offsite: Khan Lee
Holy Hum + Sinoia Caves brings sonic resonance to Khan Lee’s Red, Green and Blue. Played at sunset, this atmospheric composition expands the artwork as a theatre. Situated within the installation site, blending into the field of cones, performers draw audible complements to the inherent character of the immediate environment: buildings, traffic, people, noise, sky, water, wind and the artwork.

Visit Offsite, located at 1100 West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets, during sunset (approximately 7:45-8:45pm) to attend this performance on the closing weekend of Offsite: Khan Lee.

Holy Hum is the musical project of multidisciplinary artist Andrew Lee. His installations, sound compositions, music and photography have been exhibited in Vancouver, Malmo and New York. In 2010 he was part of the exhibition First Nations/Second Nature at the Audain Gallery and in 2011 was asked by artist group Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries to compose a sound piece that would exhibit formally the characteristics of seeing. In 2012, Lee was invited by the Vancouver Art Gallery to perform new work responding to the monochromatic paintings and photographs of Ian Wallace. Lee has performed and presented sound works at the Centre for Performance Research in New York (2012), Kunstradio in Vienna (2013), the Vancouver Planetarium (2015), the International Symposium on Electronic Art (2015) and most recently exhibited a sound installation at the Surrey Art Gallery.

Sinoia Caves is the solo musical output of Jeremy Schmidt, who currently also plays keyboards in Vancouver heritage rock act, Black Mountain. Schmidt has, over the years, assimilated a style and ethos of music-making based largely on an inclination toward atmosphere, repetition, spatial effects and the visual while utilizing antiquated analogue synthesizers. An ongoing subjective examination of the aesthetic past, its ephemeral means of production, the contentious nature of obsolescence and the way in which this receding/widening arc continues to reveal itself as it collides with the present, continues to shape and inform the trajectory of Schmidt’s work.

Free to attend.
APR 19
WED, 7pm
The Great Hall
Law Courts Building
800 Smithe Street
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The Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts + VIVA Award + The Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize
The Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts
The Audain Foundation, the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Vancouver Art Gallery cordially invite you to attend the 2017 awards ceremony to congratulate the recipients of the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts + VIVA Award + the Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize. Congratulations to award recipients Carole Itter, Lyse Lemieux and Grant Arnold!

About the Awards
Established in 2004, the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts has become one of Canada’s most prestigious honours. Supported by the Audain Foundation, this award grants $30,000 annually to a senior British Columbia artist selected by an independent jury.

Funded by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts, the VIVA Awards are created to nurture the advancement of the visual arts in British Columbia and their appreciation by the public. Providing $12,000 annually since 1988, these awards celebrate exemplary achievement by British Columba artists in mid-career, chosen for outstanding accomplishment and commitment by an independent jury.

Provided through the generosity of the estate of Abraham Rogatnick to honour the memory of renowned Vancouver curator Alvin Balkind, the Alvin Balkind Curator’s Prize of $12,000 is a biannual award that recognizes outstanding innovation, original research and critical engagement through curatorial work in the visual arts.

Presentations followed by reception. Free entrance.
MAY 18-19
UBC Robson Square
& in the Gallery

Deconstructing Diaspora: Institute of Asian Art Inaugural Symposium »
The Institute of Asian Art
This symposium considers how contemporary art and its institutions participate in the construction and experience of Asian diasporas in Vancouver and elsewhere. Local artists and curators along with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Institute of Asian Art’s international council members—comprised of artists, curators, museum directors and collectors—discuss ideas of identity and nationhood, focusing on Asia-Canada relations. Visiting Asian Art Council members include David Chau, Dr. Vishakha Desai, Roobina Karode, Lin Li and Fumio Nanjo. As a platform for exchange from many national perspectives, speakers will reflect on art and museums as a space where people come together at the intersections of 'the local,' 'the national' and 'the global.'

FRI 6pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Monet's Secret Garden Summer Gala 2017

Claude Monet's Secret Garden

On June 16, descend on the grand front steps of the Gallery and enter Monet's Secret Garden of Giverny for a one-of-a-kind Summer Gala. The event will include an exclusive preview of the feature summer exhibition Claude Monet's Secret Garden, as well as cocktails, fine dining and special performances.

For more information contact events@vanartgallery.bc.ca
or visit the Gala page.

*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.