Vancouver Art
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If you’re an art buff, and you want to get away this fall, consider Vancouver. It’s an undoubtedly cultured town, where even the labels on local wines and craft beers are standalone works of art. Depending on your taste, you’ll be able to find everything from traditional to contemporary, as well as anthropological, art.

Osvaldo Ramirez Castillo: Catastrophe, Memory, Reconciliation

  • Grunt Gallery
  • September 10 – October 10
  • Time is tight for this show, so see it while you can. This mixed media exhibit includes stark, imaginative drawings related to the violence of the 12-year civil war in El Salvador.

Ryan Gander: Make Every Show Like it’s Your Last

  • Contemporary Art Gallery
  • September 11 – November 1, 2015
  • This is U.K. artist Ryan Gander’s first solo show in Canada, where you can check out sculptural, playful think pieces, such as a robotic eye installation that responds to the movements of those walking through the show.

Vancouver International Photography Festival

  • VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • October 3 – 4
  • It’s too late to submit to VIPF’s modern photography competition, but it’s not too late to book a trip to see the winners, which will be exhibited during this weekend festival. The theme of this year’s contest is “Open,” with human portraiture as a second category.

Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven

  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • October 29, 2015 – January 17, 2016
  • While the Hudson River School in the U.S. was busy painting regional landscapes, Canadian artists were doing the same in their neck of the woods. This exhibit features paintings circa 1840 to 1940 that show the changing landscape of Canada and the evolving perspectives of its prominent artists.

C’əsnaʔəm, the City Before the City

  • The Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre & Gallery, and Museum of Vancouver
  • January 2015 – January 2016
  • This one has been around a while, but is worth checking out before it ends. What’s now known as the Marpole hood in Vancouver was something else entirely 2,000 years ago. Back then, it was c̓əsnaʔəm, one of the biggest villages of the Musqueam First Nation tribe at the Fraser River delta. Multimedia and artifacts in this exhibit reveal their ancient way of life, plus how they live today.

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