CAG Curator of Learning and Public Programs Shaun Dacey will lead a tour of current exhibitions on display.
Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art. We also encourage visits from primary and secondary schools, ESL groups, university and college students and community groups. For more information or to book a guided visit for your group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 604 681 2700.
The Contemporary Art Gallery is currently closed for installation.
Please join us on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday April 26, 12-6pm for performances by Vancouver based musicians NURSE.
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a weekend of epic sound working with Vancouver based NURSE. Performing two six-hour presentations, this group of tonal alchemists intend to
create free improvisational music or Free-Continuum Music. The performances will be ongoing throughout the day, the sound reacting to and in response to the environment as it unfolds over time, a constantly evolving texture throughout the building.
Please also join us on Thursday, April 30, 7-10pm, for the opening reception of the new exhibitions:
Blame It On the Rain
Exhibitions continue until June 28, regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 12-6pm.
PLEASE NOTE: For Cultural Access Pass printing, please go to the Vancouver Public Library at 350 West Georgia Street, until Friday May 1.MORE
Blame It On the Rain
May 1 to June 28, 2015
BC Binning and Alvin Balkind Galleries
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a major solo exhibition by Toronto-born, New York–based artist Julia Dault. Through a selection of new and recent works, the exhibition reveals the importance to Dault of balancing spontaneous gesture with responsiveness to rules, logic and the constraints of materials. Physical negotiations are central to Dault’s textured paintings and improvised sculptures; both are exhibited in Blame It On the Rain.
Dault is interested in ‘embodied knowledge’ — how making is thinking — and reinserts the artist’s hand into a minimal aesthetic primarily interpreted as distanced and industrial. The artist’s rule-based painting involves responding to mass-produced elements — patterned silks, pleather, unmixed paint straight from the tube — with unconventional tools, such as squeegees, rubber combs and sea sponges. The limitations of these objects create quasi-standardized gestures that allow Dault to skirt the line between expressive abstraction and cool, machine-like facture. Erasure of her paintings’ topmost layers, which allows viewers to ‘see into’ the painting process, is as important to Dault as paint application.
Exploration of artistic labor recurs in Dault’s sculptures. Always improvising on site and working alone, the artist manipulates and coerces Plexiglas, Formica and other industrially produced materials into imposing curved forms, then affixes them to the gallery wall using straps and cords. Dault’s efforts can be understood as ‘private performances’ in which her physical capabilities are juxtaposed with the properties of the materials she employs. Each sculpture is titled with a time stamp that reflects the duration it took to complete the piece. In this gesture, as with her paintings, she hopes to underline the durational nature of the art-making process.
Dault’s work fuses the emphasis on process found in both Abstract Expressionist painting and post-Minimal sculpture. One unifying element is the artist’s fascination with patterns, and with the slippages and imperfections that reveal the human origins of what appears mechanical. Another is the search for variety within strict limitations. By devising expressive gestures through rules and reasoning indicative of post-Minimal and Conceptual art, Dault is part of a generation of artists acknowledging histories and legacies of art making while revitalizing abstraction today.
The exhibition complements Color Me Badd, presented at The Power Plant, Toronto in 2014-2015. The two institutions are working together on the first major monograph of Dault’s work, to be published by Black Dog Publishing later in 2015. The publication is made with generous support from the RBC Emerging Artist Project.
Julia Dault lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has held solo exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2015); The Power Plant, Toronto and China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles (2014); Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich and Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto (2013); and White Cube Bermondsey, London (2012). She has also participated in group shows which include: Elevated, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2014-2015), Americana: Selections from the Collection, Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2013–2014); Outside the Lines, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2013–2014); In the Heart of the Country, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Inner Journeys, Maison Particulière, Brussels (2013); The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York; Roundtable, the Ninth Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012); and Making Is Thinking, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011). Her work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Saatchi Gallery, London; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Dault is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto; and China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles.MORE
The Front of House (FOH)/Visitor Services Coordinator will be the first line of contact for the gallery while providing support for the gallery team. S/he will answer queries and provide information to guests about the Contemporary Art Gallery, its exhibitions and programs, deliver retail services that include the display and sale of exhibition catalogues, editions and memberships and provide support for exhibitions, programs and administration as required. The FOH/Visitor Services Coordinator reports to the Operations Administrator and works with CAG staff and in particular the other FOH/Visitor Services Coordinator, plus volunteers, educators, public audiences and members. This is a permanent, part-time position of 24 hours per week that includes extended health and dental benefits. One weekend day is required as well as occasional evening hours for exhibition openings and special events.
Key responsibilities will include:
greet visitors, answer queries, answer telephones and incoming/outgoing mail
process membership and publication sales, record event registration and issue Cultural Access Passes
research, prepare and maintain visitor resource materials
lead exhibition tours
monitor security and appearance of galleries and lobby
co-ordinate opening receptions: volunteers, rentals, license
maintain publication and edition inventories and coordinate shipping
prepare weekly sales reports
track and maintain statistics and related monthly administrative duties
assist with special events
administrative support for all areas of the gallery as required
University degree in the arts; one to three years customer service, visitor liaison or administrative experience in museum or gallery environments. Serving It Right certification is required and may be obtained when hired.
Skills and Abilities
experience working with the general public
strong computer skills in a PC environment including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
knowledge of contemporary art and Contemporary Art Gallery exhibitions and programs
outstanding verbal and written communication skills
ability to exercise accuracy, judgment, tact and discretion
excellent attention to detail
excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to manage conflicting priorities
able to work independently while part of a team
valid driver’s licence
first aid not required but desirable
bilingual (French, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi etc.) not required but desirable
How To Apply
Deadline: Thursday May 7th at 9:00am.
Please send your resume and cover letter in one PDF to the attention of Lisa Fedorak with FOH Application in the subject line to email@example.com.
$15.00/hour. This is a permanent, part-time position of 24 hours per week that includes extended health and dental benefits and some flexibility in working hours. Weekend and evening work is required.
Start Date: ASAP
All applicants will receive an email acknowledgement upon receipt of their application. In advance we thank all who are interested in joining the CAG team, however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.MORE
On Friday, April 10, 2015 and in conjunction with the Canadian Art Foundation Vancouver Gallery Hop, the CAG hosted a talk by Canadian Art associate editor David Balzer based on his latest book ‘Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else’.
David Balzer is a Toronto-based critic, editor and teacher. He has written for The Globe and Mail, Modern Painters, Camera Austria, artforum.com, The Believer and others, and is the author of two books, the short-fiction collection Contrivances (Joyland/ECW Press) and the non-fiction study ‘Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else’ (Coach House Press/Pluto Press).MORE
Two new CAG opportunities!
Learning and Public Program Assistant
Summer Student Contract
The Learning and Public Programs Assistant will work closely with the Curator of Learning and Public Programs in delivering the Learning and Public Programs.
The student will be involved in researching links with the exhibition program and the Provincial K-12 curriculum requirements, researching producing resource packages for exhibitions and off-site programs, writing blog entries, documenting talks, workshops and residencies, coordinating technical requirements for talks, workshops and residencies and other public programming duties as needed. The student will work closely with the Curator of Learning and Public Programs in the planning process and will track deadlines and execute established tasks.
The Learning and Public Programs Assistant will perform these duties during a 13 week period at 35 hours per week. The position will be conducted in English and will begin June 2, 2015 and end September 5, 2015. This summer student position is subject to funding approval from Young Canada Works. Applicants must be a full-time student in the semester immediately preceding June, returning to school full-time in the fall and be between 16 and 30 years old at the start of employment to apply. Eligible applicants must also be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have official refugee protection status, be legally eligible to work in BC, not have another fulltime job (30+ hours/week) and be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory (www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca).
Duties will include:
- Researching links with the exhibition program and the Provincial K-12 curriculum
- Producing written materials about learning programming
- Liaising with involved parties and ensuring deadlines are met
- Updating contact databases
- Data entry and record keeping
- A background or demonstrated interest in education and visual arts
- Enrolled in a post-secondary institution in education or visual arts program
- Teaching experience desired
- Must be able to work in a computerized office environment, using all MS Office software
- Excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities
- Careful attention to detail
- Excellent communication abilities and experience working in a team environment
- Creative problem solving
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am 6pm. Anticipated start date June 2, 2015.
Salary: $15.00 per hour, plus a percentage in lieu of benefits.
Deadline: May 4, 2015 at 12pm.
Submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF via email with the subject Learning and Public Programs Assistant Application to Lisa Fedorak at firstname.lastname@example.org
Indicate how you meet the student eligibility requirements for this position.
Marketing/Event Assistant: Summer Student Contract
The Contemporary Art Gallery is seeking a Marketing/Event Assistant to assist the Gallery Team and in particular help in the preparation and promotion of an annual Gala and Art Auction. The Marketing/Event Assistant will perform these duties during a 13 week period at 35 hours per week. The position will be conducted in English and will begin June 1, 2015 and end September 4, 2015.
This summer student position is subject to funding approval from Young Canada Works. Applicants must be a full-time student in the semester immediately preceding June, returning to school full-time in the fall and be between 16 and 30 years old at the start of employment to apply. Eligible applicants must also be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or have official refugee protection status, be legally eligible to work in BC, not have another fulltime job (30+ hours/week) and be registered in the YCW online candidate inventory (www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca).
Duties will include:
- liaising with artists, studios and galleries regarding artwork donations and related documents via telephone and email
- arranging shipping of artwork from around the world to meet internal deadlines
- planning and contributing to marketing materials for print and online
- researching and producing written materials about the event and participating artists
- updating databases, and sourcing vendors and materials
- identifying/producing event specific documents (registration sheets, bid forms etc.)
- answering telephones
- other duties as required
- Enrolled in a post-secondary institution in visual arts or related program
- Experience handling art
- Careful attention to detail and creative problem solving
- A background or demonstrated interest in event planning
- Must be able to work in a PC office environment using Word and Excel
- Excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and priorities
- Excellent communication abilities and experience working in a team environment.
- Driver’s License
- Working knowledge of Creative Suite
- Knowledge if social media marketing and Raiser’s Edge are assets
Hours: 10am – 6pm.
Salary: $15.00 per hour, plus a percentage in lieu of benefits.
Deadline: May 4, 2015 – 12pm.
Submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF via email with the subject Event Assistant Application to Lisa Fedorak at email@example.com. Indicate how you meet the student eligibility requirements for this position.MORE