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John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography


Meet Emily | CMA-RBC Indigenous Curatorial Assistant

Hello, I am Emily Dundas Oke, and I am very grateful for these past months spent learning and working alongside the staff, artists, and partners of CAG. Joining CAG as the CMA-RBC Indigenous Curatorial Assistant immediately after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Visual Arts was the most exciting opportunity. This experience has… Read more »


Meet Melissa | Learning & Public Engagement Intern

My name is Melissa Woo and I am the Learning and Public Engagement Assistant Intern at the Contemporary Art Gallery for the summer of 2018. Currently, I am a third year Psychology major at the University of British Columbia. Throughout this experience my position has been challenging at times as my previous background is not… Read more »


Exhibitions from the Archives | L.I.P. Service

This month for Exhibitions from the Archives, we return to 2003 when the Contemporary Art Gallery celebrated its 30th anniversary with the exhibition L.I.P. Service. In the 1970s the Trudeau government started a new project that would be the first of its kind. The Local Initiatives Program (L.I.P.) was a new ambitious initiative lasting from… Read more »


Meet Tianna | Marketing & Communications Intern

My name is Tianna Barton and I am honoured to be working as the Marketing and Communications Intern at the CAG this season. An integral part of Vancouver’s art community, the CAG’s dedication to public engagement, education and art accessibility speaks to my values and future goals as an artist. Here at the CAG, I… Read more »


Exhibitions from the Archives | Brian Jungen

As our second throwback this summer for Exhibitions from the Archives, we return to Brian Jungen’s exhibition, which took place both in the interior and on the exterior of the gallery from July 28 to September 23, 2001. Now a well-known artist and currently showing in the UK as part of the Liverpool Biennale, Brian… Read more »


Exhibitions from the Archives | Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir

Throughout summer 2018, the CAG blog will host a throwback series, Exhibitions from the Archives, exploring the gallery’s rich history. To kick it off we begin with Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir’s Beyond Guilt – The Trilogy, (2003-05), shown at the Contemporary Art Gallery from April 7 to June 5, 2011. The duo’s first solo… Read more »


Brent Wadden Pulls the Wool over Our Eyes and Calls it Paint

Brent Wadden’s work is often met with confusion when it’s described as painting. The Nova Scotian artist’s loom-woven works are sewn, threaded and mounted onto a frame, looking more like a multi-coloured canvas than a painted surface. In much of the writing on Wadden’s work, the use of painterly terminology is common and expected by… Read more »


Edition | Liz Magor

Liz Magor Smokey (2008) Polymerized gypsum Unlimited edition, unsigned $1,000 Currently available for purchase at the CAG is Liz Magor’s small and humorous sculpture Smokey. The edition was published by the CAG for its 20th Annual Gala Dinner and Art Auction (October, 4, 2008). Smokey reflects Magor’s overarching practice involving uncanny casts of recognizable, everyday… Read more »


Publication Review | Ken Lum

A dark, navy blue circle lies on the glossy softcover exhibition catalogue Ken Lum, which documents the 2001 exhibition Ken Lum presented at the CAG. With coloured photographs, essays by Michael Turner and Keith Wallace describe and interpret the works that were shown at the time: Seven adjustable-type business signs created from 2000-2001. As well… Read more »


Resource Room videos

The CAG Book Shop, located in the gallery lobby, is filled with various publications and editions which accompany past and present CAG exhibitions. Half of the space has been reserved as a Resource Room containing various reference materials (binders, note cards, and videos) that provide context for the artists who are in the current exhibitions… Read more »


Derya Akay | Shabbat Dinner at the Jewish Museum

When I arrive at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC in the late afternoon, there are already two sesame spinkled, gleaming loaves of challah ready and the kitchen smells of roasting chicken and fragrant rice with a pop of lemon. Sara Ciacci, Leonor Etkin, Claire Hammer, Debbie Kafka and artist Derya Akay have been… Read more »