Image credit: Dana Claxton, Lasso, 2018, LED firebox with transmounted chromogenic transparency, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC Art Acquisition Fund, Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

Image credit: Dana Claxton, Lasso, 2018, LED firebox with transmounted chromogenic transparency, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC Art Acquisition Fund, Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

Art Connects | Pictures of Past and Present with Emmy Lee Wall and Grant Arnold 



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The Vancouver Art Gallery holds one of the most significant international lens-based collections in North America. Join us to look and learn through photography from the Gallery’s permanent collection with the co-curators of the exhibition Pictures and Promises, Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art, and Emmy Lee Wall, Executive Director of Capture Photography Festival.

Arnold and Wall will speak to a selection of works from the collection and share some of the lesser-known histories and resonances of the Gallery’s photographic holdings. They will focus on historical and contemporary works by local and international artists to illuminate how the Gallery’s collecting practices have evolved over time.

Artists to be discussed include Bernd and Hilla Becher, Dana Claxton, Song Dong, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Andreas Gursky, Eikoh Hosoe, Cindy Sherman, Ian Wallace, Jin-me Yoon and more. This talk is a rare opportunity to learn more about the breadth of the Gallery’s photography collection, as well as about lens-based artists and corresponding histories.

Co-presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the 2021 Capture Speaker Series.

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Grant Arnold is Audain Curator of British Columbia Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where he contributes to the exhibition program and development of the collection. Recent exhibition projects include Rapture, Rhythm and the Tree of Life: Emily Carr and Her Female ContemporariesMowry BadenDana Claxton: Fringing the CubeKevin Schmidt: We Are the RobotsPictures From HereSusan Point: Spindle Whorl (with Ian M. Thom); Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter AtlasHarry Callahan: The StreetJerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the PieResidue: The Persistence of the RealEmily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the MonkeyMyfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again (with Cassandra Getty); In Dialogue with Carr – Gareth Moore: Allochthonous Window; and SPIRITLANDS: (t)HERE Marian Penner Bancroft Selected Photo Works 1975–2000. Arnold has contributed essays to a number of publications and has lectured on historical and contemporary art at a variety of conferences and institutions. He received his M.A. in art history from the University of British Columbia in 1996, after studying at the University of Saskatchewan and the Banff School of Fine Arts.

Emmy Lee Wall is Executive Director of Capture Photography Festival where she oversees all strategic, programming and editorial initiatives, having previously served on Capture’s Board of Directors. Since her tenure at Capture in 2019, she has curated projects with a diverse range of lens-based artists including Vikky Alexander, Elisabeth Belliveau, Krystle Coughlin Silverfox, Moyra Davey, Christopher Lacroix, Meryl McMaster, Zinnia Naqvi, Steven Shearer, and Elizabeth Zvonar. Prior to her role with Capture, Wall was part of the curatorial team at the Vancouver Art Gallery where she researched and coordinated the acquisition of more than 2500 works of art to the Gallery’s permanent collection. She also curated the Vancouver Art Gallery’s presentation of Site Unseen (2018) and Andrew Dadson: Over the Sun (2015) and co-curated The Metamorphosis (2018); The Poetics of Space (2015); Michael Lin: A Modest Veil (2010); and The Tree: From the Sublime to the Social (2008). Wall also played an integral role in several other major exhibitions including Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum (2009); The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art (2011); and Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything (2014). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Art Foundation.

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