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Night School

Wine & cheese boards — engaging critical & theoretical discussions about contemporary art in Vancouver — where do I sign up?!

Night School is a new intensive program  for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of contemporary art. Facilitated by independent curator Lee Plested, participants engage in seminars, studio visits and special events in order to unpack the concepts and thematics of contemporary practice via the history of CAG exhibitions.

Lee Plested is an engaging and charming lecturer who encourages group discussion from those in attendance. At last Thursday night’s seminar Plested introduced works by Stan DouglasRebecca Belmore, Nan Goldin and Stephen Waddell. He clearly articulates the social, political and historical themes particular to each artist. He then initiates critical discourse forming relationships between each. The round table format is very inviting and allows for insightful critical dialogue.

In addition to studio visits and talks, Night School participants will attend exhibition openings and other arts and culture events across the city! This is an amazing initiative that introduces its students to the multiple ways in which conversations regarding the philosophical, aesthetic, socio-political and creation processes of contemporary art can be articulated and received. The CAG is currently planning a second session of Night School in early 2015. This is something you won’t want to miss so stay tuned for more information regarding registration and programming!

– Lindsay Lachance


Night School at the CAG: Teaching us to say what we mean & mean what we say




Night School IV

March 16 - May 15, 2016
10 sessions

(payment can also be made monthly)

Includes a complimentary CAG membership
Space is limited with only 20 seats available for this semester.

Night School is a program for new collectors and contemporary art enthusiasts, an introductory contemporary art survey that is intentionally accessible, intelligent and engaging. Through a curriculum built from the history of exhibitions at the CAG, participants will learn about common themes in recent visual arts and ways in which they are interpreted and discussed. Lectures by instructor Lee Plested will introduce work by important artists from Vancouver and around the world. A suggested reading list will complement the discussion program. Along with the lectures, the participants will also engage in three studio visits with internationally recognized local artists including: Vikky Alexander, Gareth Moore, Elizabeth McIntosh, and tours of exhibitions by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun - Unceded Territories at the Museum of Anthropology and upcoming exhibition, MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Wednesday March 16

Lecture 1 - The French Salon

Sunday March 20 

Studio Visit 1 with Vikky Alexander

Wednesday March 23

Lecture 2 - Matter Is Meaning

March 23 - April 2

Easter Reading Week Break (no session)

Sunday April 3

Exhibition Visit - MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture @ VAG

Sunday April 10

Studio Visit 2 with Elizabeth McIntosh

Wednesday April 13

Lecture 3 - Absorbing Abstractions

Sunday April 24

Studio Visit 3 with Gareth Moore

Wednesday April 27

Lecture 4 - Surrealism and Other Truths

Friday May 6

Exhibition preview for Jochen Lempert

Sunday May 15

Exhibition Tour - Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun @ MOA


Cost: $375, includes a complimentary CAG membership.

Space is limited - 20 seats

To register contact Kristin Cheung, Development Officer

at or call 604 681 2700.


Night School IV


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