About the Series

The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to offer an exciting series of lectures showcasing passionate speakers who are experts in their field. Learn more about current exhibitions, conservation projects, the Gallery's collection, and many other topics. Each presentation is designed to intrigue and delight.

Series price: $30 ($20 for members)
Individual ticket price: $7 ($5 for members)

Following each NGC lecture, thematically related in-gallery talks will be facilitated by our knowledgeable volunteers at 1 pm. Admission to the galleries is required (free for members).

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Events

October

Everyone Is an Artist: Sculpture and Drawing by Joseph Beuys
Wednesday 12 October 2016
10:30 – 11:30 am
Auditorium

Adam Welch

Best known for his sculpture and performance art, Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) was among the most significant artists to emerge from postwar Germany. This talk by Adam Welch, Associate Curator of Modern Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada, will provide an introduction to the current NGC exhibition, its conception and key works, as well as a broader consideration of Beuys’ enigmatic and highly influential practice.

In English with simultaneous translation.

Adam Welch is the Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Currently working toward his doctorate in Art History at the University of Toronto with a dissertation on the relationship between Canadian and American art of the 60s and 70s, he holds an MA from Columbia University. At present, he is working on an exhibition of early 20th-century Russian avant-garde art, opening in the fall of 2016, as well as on the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries for May 2017.

November

State of the Art: The Sobey Art Award
Wednesday 9 November 2016
10:30 – 11:30 am
Auditorium

Josée Drouin-Brisebois

Twenty-five contenders, five finalists and one winner will be announced on 1 November 2016. Hear from Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Josée Drouin-Brisebois, about the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s prestigious contemporary art prize for Canadian artists under 40. On view for the first time at the National Gallery of Canada, this group exhibition is sure to fascinate, challenge and inspire.

In English.

Note: A separate French presentation, L’art et la manière. Le Prix Sobey pour les arts, will be offered on Wednesday 16 November 2016 from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the Lecture Hall.

Josée Drouin-Brisebois is the Senior Curator of Contemporary Art responsible for the collections of Canadian and international contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada. She organized the Canadian participation at the 2013 Venice Biennale and is currently the Project Director for Canadian participation at the 2017 edition. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including monographs of senior Canadian artists Arnaud Maggs (2012) and Christopher Pratt (2005), as well as several thematic group exhibitions.

December

The Intimate World of Josef Sudek
Wednesday 14 December 2016
10:30 – 11:30 am
Auditorium

Ann Thomas

Hear Ann Thomas, Senior Curator of Photographs, highlight The Intimate World of Josef Sudek, the first major exhibition of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. The show examines the work and life of Czech photographer Josef Sudek (1896–1976) and his intimate circle of artist friends during the decades before and after the Second World War.

In English with simultaneous translation.

Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada, Ann Thomas, has organized numerous exhibitions and installations and is the author of several catalogues and publications, including Lisette Model (1990), No Man’s Land: Lynne Cohen Photographs (2001), Modernist Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada (2007) and The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography (2014) and she is the editor of Beauty of Another Order: Photography in Science (1996). In addition to The Intimate World of Josef Sudek (28 October 2016 – 26 February 2017), Ann is particularly excited about a team project on the Histories of Canadian Photography, as well as her independent research on photography and art post-electrification.

February

A Glimpse of the Future at the National Gallery of Canada
Wednesday 8 February 2017
10:30 – 11:30 am
Auditorium

Marc Mayer

Join Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada, Marc Mayer, for an unprecedented opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight into what lies ahead for the Gallery as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. A passionate advocate of Canadian art, he will share recent Gallery acquisitions, milestones and accomplishments – as well as what excites him most about future projects.

In English.

Note: A separate French presentation, Regards sur l’avenir au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, will be offered on Wednesday 15 February 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the Lecture Hall.

Marc Mayer is Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada. Prior to his appointment in 2008, Mayer served as director of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2004–2008) and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto (1998–2001), as well as deputy director at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City (2001–2004) and curator of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo (1994–1998). In Paris, he was Head of Visual Arts with the Cultural Services of the Canadian Embassy and a correspondent for the New York periodical Rizzoli’s The Journal of Art (1990–1993). His career began in 1986, when he was named Assistant to the Director and later, Assistant Director, of the 49th Parallel Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art in New York (1986–1990).

March

From Cold Lake to the Nation: Conservation Challenges of the Janvier Exhibition
Wednesday 8 March 2017
10:30 – 11:30 am
Auditorium

Spencer Montcalm

Meet Spencer Montcalm, Painting Conservation Technician from the Restoration and Conservation Laboratory at the National Gallery of Canada. Spencer is dedicated to preparing the paintings of Alex Janvier for the artist’s career retrospective. He will share some of the conservation challenges and provide insight on how the NGC and the artist worked collaboratively to find creative solutions.

In English.

Note: A separate French presentation, De Cold Lake à la scène nationale : les défis de la préparation pour l’exposition Janvier, will be offered on Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the Lecture Hall.

After internships in the conservation labs of Fraser Spafford Ricci Art & Archival Conservation Inc. and the National Gallery of Canada, Painting Conservation Technician, Spencer Montcalm, was awarded the degree of Master of Art Conservation from Queen’s University.

April

The Online Art Book Project and the Future of Canadian Art History
Wednesday 12 April 2017
10:30 – 11:30 am
Auditorium

Sara Angel

In 2013, Sara Angel started the Canadian Online Art Book Project in order to bring Canadian art history into contemporary conversation. Since then, the Art Canada Institute has published a library of digital art books—all available for free and released simultaneously in French and English—on key artists that have defined the country's visual culture. This talk will address how she brought Canadian art history into the digital age and explore why it is more relevant now than ever before.

In English with simultaneous translation.

Sara Angel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute at Massey College, University of Toronto, a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to making Canadian art history a 21st century conversation. She holds a Trudeau Doctoral Scholarship, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada, given for innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.