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Free Family Days at the CAG
On the last Saturday of each month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. All ages welcome.

Saturday, September 24
The Expanding Cosmos
Inspired by Isabel Nolan’s exploration of the cosmos, make a mobile of your own unique solar system.

Isabel Nolan
‘The weakened eye of day’
July 29 to October 2, 2016
Opening: Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a major body of recent work by Irish artist, Isabel Nolan.

Taking its title from the English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Darkling Thrush’ (1899), the exhibition examines how the light of the sun, physically and symbolically, manifests or resonates in our thoughts, preoccupations and pursuits. In Hardy’s poem, the sun, described as “the weakening eye of day” is a dismal star drained of its force by a gloomy pre-centennial winter afternoon. As its gaze weakens, so flags the spirit of the poet who, until interrupted by birdsong, sees only the inevitability of death in the cold world around him.

Presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. For more details visit: www.artstarts.com/weekend

We acknowledge the generous support of the Hamber Foundation for our Family Day program.

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Family Art Day | The Expanding Cosmos


Nigel Prince
Saturday, September 24, 3pm
Join CAG Director, Nigel Prince for a guided tour of Isabel Nolan’s exhibition.

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Nigel Prince | Tour of exhibitions


Tickets now on sale

28th Annual Gala & Art Auction
Saturday, November 5, 6.30pm
Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Join us at this important benefit event for the Contemporary Art Gallery. Your support allows us to continue our crucial role as the only free independent public art gallery dedicated exclusively to engaging audiences with the very best in contemporary art from Vancouver, Canada and abroad.

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Tickets now on sale - 28th Annual Gala & Art Auction


Artist talk and project launch with Keg de Souza
Wednesday September 28, 7pm
544 Main Street, Vancouver

We welcome back to Vancouver Australian artist Keg de Souza, on her final visit to the city, de Souza presents an artist talk and a public project exploring food culture as a metaphor for urban displacement. De Souza will discuss her recent projects including the Redfern School of Displacement, presented as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney. This project reflected on the ongoing activism, debate, speculation and political rhetoric concerning displacement and gentrification in Sydney.

Throughout October, de Souza will operate from a temporary space in the former Park Lock Dim Sum/Seafood Restaurant on the second floor of 544 Main Street in Chinatown. From this location she will initiate a food mapping installation developed via a series of public events, workshops and discussions centered on this disused space, the last original building standing on the corner of Main and Keefer.

Participants are invited to contribute items that represent the changing urban fabric of the Chinatown/DTES area through its food culture. Each participant’s items will be vacuum bagged and used to create a tile in the construction of a temporary structure within the Chinatown space. The numerous vacuum bags will create a patchwork surface that represents various community members, and their insights into local food culture and gentrification. Items could range from: menus from new upmarket establishments; packaging from iconic restaurants of the area, soup kitchen fliers, info on urban farming or even something grown from an urban farm.

De Souza’s practice investigates the politics of space, emphasizing participation and reciprocity to create site and situation-specific projects. De Souza aims to cultivate local knowledge regarding the displacement of low income, indigenous and immigrant communities in collaboration with residents and the community, creating a platform for conversation and debate.

The project in Vancouver is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and Left of Main.

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Off-site: Artist Talk - Keg de Souza


Free screening at The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe St. Vancouver.

The 7pm screening is now booked out. Due to high demand a 2nd screening has been added at 9pm on the same night (Tuesday, September 27), tickets will ONLY be available at the door, on a first come, first served basis at the Cinematheque box office from 6.30pm onwards.

ART21, The Cinematheque and Contemporary Art Gallery partner to premiere ART21’s new season, Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century includes a one hour film on four, Vancouver based, celebrated Canadian artists: Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor and Jeff Wall.

“In small and tightly-knit Vancouver, artists reframe the world through a series of sophisticated illusions. By recreating historical moments, staging photos of vernacular scenes, and crafting intricate sculptures that trick the eye, artists reveal how everyday images and moments from the past are not always what they seem. Liz Magor (b.1948, Winnipeg, MB, Canada) makes uncannily realistic casts of humble objects—gloves, cardboard boxes, cigarettes—that speak to mortality and local histories. Through complex video installations, photos, theatrical productions, and virtual reality simulations,Stan Douglas (b.1960, Vancouver, BC, Canada) reenacts historical moments of tension that connect the history of Vancouver to broader social movements of struggle and utopian aspiration. Brian Jungen (b.1970, Fort St. John, BC, Canada) draws from his family’s ranching and hunting background, as well as his Dane-zaa heritage, when disassembling and recombining consumer goods into whimsical sculptures. Attentive to the accidental encounters that can inspire an image, photographer Jeff Wall (b.1946, Vancouver, BC, Canada) recreates flashes of inspiration by building sets and repeatedly photographing gestures until they coalesce into a picture that’s printed on a grand scale.” (ART21)

ART21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time. A nonprofit organization, ART21’s mission is to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists. Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century premieres fall 2016 on PBS with stories on artists who live and work in four North American cities: Chicago, Los Angeles,Mexico City, and Vancouver. For more information on ART21’s films and educational programs:art21.org

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'ART21: Art in the Twenty-First Century' Canadian Theatrical Premiere


Jocelyn Statia
Sunday, September 25, 3pm
CAG Visitor Coordinator, Jocelyn Statia leads tours of the current exhibitions.

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Jocelyn Statia | Sunday afternoon tour of the exhibitions


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