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Talks, Films & More

Talks & Lectures

Talks & Lectures



Friday, September 5 | Conversation with the Artist: Amy Malbeuf | More information >

Saturday, September 27 | Regions of Distinction: A Panel on Practice in the Capital Region | More information >


Wednesday, October 15 | Contemporary Art 101: Film | More information >


Sunday, November 2 | The Toulouse Lecture | More information >

Friday, November 7 | CreativeMornings: Chance | More information >


Friday, December 5 | Conversation with the Artist: Colin Smith | More information >

Tuesday, December 9 | Curator’s Tour: Suburbia | More information >

Wednesday, December 10 | One Night of… The City | More information >


Your AGA at Metro Cinema

Your AGA and Metro Cinema Society are partnering up to bring you another exciting season of critically acclaimed feature-length films themed around our latest exhibitions. AGA members receive a $2 discount to these films by presenting their member card at the Metro Cinema Box Office.


Moulin Rouge!

A Film by Baz Luhrmann
USA/ Australia | 127 minutes | 2001

Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm
Metro Cinema at the historic Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street

Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office

It’s the belle époque in late 1890s Paris, and Christian (Ewan McGregor) has left behind his bourgeois father to seek his fortune in the bohemian underworld of Monmartre, where the eccentric artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), introduces him to a new world and the scandalous dance known as the can can in the infamous dance hall, brothel, and theatre: the Moulin Rouge. It’s here that Christian falls into a tragically doomed romance with the courtesan Satie (Nicole Kidman), the star of the play he is writing, which parallels their romance and sets the romance to a rock music soundtrack a century ahead of the times.


All films are presented in partnership between the Art Gallery of Alberta and Metro Cinema Society and held in conjunction with the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.

Art for Lunch

Art for Lunch


Third Thursday of every month 12:10-12:50 pm
Ledcor Theatre Foyer

Feed your appetite with Art for Lunch! Art for Lunch is an informal lecture series designed to heighten your understanding of current AGA exhibitions. Bring your own lunch – or pick something up from the Terrace Café on the AGA’s third floor.

September 18

Edmonton Visual Artists and the RCA
with Heather Shepherd

Since its inception in 1880, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) has striven to celebrate and support visual artists nationwide. Currently, the Edmonton-area is home to sixteen living Academicians. In this Art for Lunch, get in touch with the diverse work of Edmonton’s members of the Academy, and learn how they engage with our local culture.

October 16

Paris and the Belle Epoque: 1880-1910
with Meaghan Froh

Experience pre-WWI France to see the evolution of Parisian art from Impressionism to its Modernist roots. In this Art For Lunch, learn more about the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Modern: Paris 1880-1910 and see how the changing nature of Europe at the turn of the 20th century resulted in the production of a number of key works in a variety of mediums including oil-painting, drawing, lithograph printing and collage.

November 20

Film as Art?
with Megan Bertagnolli

A Moving Image features the work of 5 contemporary artists of international acclaim. Each uses time-based media, such as film and video, as the focus of their artistic practice. But what is Video Art exactly? Why do I have to see it in gallery, instead of just watching it on YouTube? Using works in A Moving Image, this Art for Lunch explores these questions and unpacks some of the challenges of video art.

December 18

Reinventing the Home
with Sara French

Levittown, located on Long Island, was the first large-scale suburb in North America and is considered an archetype for post-war residential areas throughout the continent. In this Art for Lunch we will compare Levittown to our city’s Mill Woods in a conversation that explores and contrasts suburban development.

AB Culture Days

September 27-28, 2014

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days at your AGA! We will be offering fun and engaging workshops, talk, tours and more!

Saturday & Sunday

Exhibition Access & Tours

Free Access | 11 am – 2 pm
Exhibition Spotlight Stops | 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm

Make your way to the Gallery early, because we are offering free admission between 11 am and 2 pm! Want to explore the exhibitions? Catch a Spotlight Stop with our knowledgeable Exhibition Guides.

Hands-on Activities

11 am–5 pm | Free

Join in on a collaborative art installation with local artist Jennifer Poburan in our Education Gallery, or fashion a custom button to show your Alberta Culture Days Pride!

Button Making Station

Design a custom-made button with the help of AGA staff and volunteers! Flip through magazines to find the perfect picture, or come up with your own creative design.

Drop-In Workshops with Jennifer Poburan

Active Alberta: Shadow Box Landscapes
Singhmar Centre for Art Education, Lower Level

Book Fair

11 am–5 pm
Join us at the Shop AGA Paper Sale to celebrate Alberta Culture Days! Get great sale prices on selected books, greeting cards, boxed sets and other paper goods, from 40 to 70% off.* Members bring your Membership cards for your additional 10% off. **

*While supplies last
** Cannot be combined with any other discount, including the $10 off card



Lego Competition with MADE

Your AGA: Past, Present & Future
11 am–2 pm | Free; Registration required >

Our ever popular Lego Competition is back with another great challenge for all ages! Sign your team up to build the AGA’s building from the past, present or future. Teams will face off against each other to win a highly coveted prize: one gold brick of Lego!
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Regions of Distinction: A Panel on Practice in the Capital Region

Featuring Catherine Burgess, Sean Caulfield and Barry Johns
Moderated by Kristy Trinier, Curator, Art Gallery of Alberta
Saturday, September 27, 2 pm

Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Avenue

More information >

Alberta Culture Days at your AGA is one of many events occurring throughout the province during Alberta Culture Days 2014. Alberta Culture Days is an annual celebration of our culture, heritage, artistic diversity and provincial pride. This province-wide initiative is part of Culture Days – a national movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. To learn more, visit



Yoga in the Gallery with instructor Tori Lunden

Thursdays, 5:10–6 pm
September 11–October 16, 2014

$55 full session (SOLD OUT)
$10 drop-in | Purchase ticket >
Please note space is limited

Enjoy yoga within the calming and ethereal spaces of your AGA. Join us over a six-week class session in different exhibition spaces of the Gallery and grab a glimpse of the works on display. Class themes will draw on the surrounding artwork for a unique blend of movement and visual inspiration.

Classes are suitable for all levels. Beginners welcome.

Please note: Participants must bring their own yoga mats.

Class Schedule:

September 11 | Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910
In the spirit of avant-garde and symbolism, this class aims to help us escape the burdens of everyday life and delve into the joy and mystery of existence.

September 18 | New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada
This will be a practice based on the ancient wisdom and modern science of our body’s meridian lines. This sequence will benefit the liver and gallbladder.

September 25 | Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910
Come for an energetic hip opening class filled with all the fun and humor of a Chat Noir cabaret show.

October 2 | New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada
We will continue from September 18’s practice based on the ancient wisdom and modern science of our body’s meridian lines. This sequence will benefit the digestive system.

October 9 | Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910
This class will focus on the acceptance and enjoyment of our physical bodies. It is inspired by art that turned away from the idealized physical form in favour of what was deemed less-then-perfect or ordinary at the time.

October 16 | AMY MALBEUF: kayås-ago
A practice fueled by the simple yet transformative power of breath. Our breath has the power to soften both our physical and mental boundaries creating a supple body and an open mind.

Tori Lunden’s classes are a light-hearted and eclectic environment. She delights teaching people who, like her, never thought yoga was something they could do or enjoy.Lunden initially tried to yoga to help recover from rugby injuries, but was hooked by the silent and nurturing nature of the practice. Over a decade later, her knees and back have healed and she has an appreciation for both her body and her life that she never thought possible.

Lunden has had the good fortune of learning from a variety of teachers around the world. She completed her first teacher training in 2008 through the World Conscious Yoga Family in Rishikesh, India. She has since completed trainings through Yogaworks, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, and yin training with Paul Grilley.


Caribou Tufting Workshop

with Melissa-Jo Belcourt Moses
Sunday, September 14, 12:30-3:30 pm

Free with Gallery Admission
Art Gallery of Alberta

Caribou hair tufting is a First Nations art form, typically from the northern region, where the caribou are plentiful. Strips of hide with hair attached are harvested, cleaned, dyed, dried and stored for use. Tufts of hair are attached to velvet fabric with a canvas backing through the use of loops of thread and knotted on the back of the canvas. Trimming the hair using fine, sharp scissors creates traditional tufts. The contemporary sculpted hair swirl is trimmed with scissors but attached using glue instead of thread, which sets the design in place. Traditionally tufted caribou hair was used to adorn clothing such as mitts, moccasins, and jackets. Today these fine pieces of art are often framed and mounted on the wall to appreciate.

This program is part of your AGA’s BMO All Day Sunday >

Melissa-Jo Belcourt Moses comes from a rich Metis ancestry and possesses a wealth of cultural skills acquired from Metis and Aboriginal elders throughout northern and central Alberta. As a certified instructor, she has taught decorative arts and creative skills within the Native Cultural art programs on Native reserves and Metis settlements.

As a descendent of the French, Cree and Mohawk people of the Michel Band, Melissa-Jo has strong reverence for the skills and technology employed by her ancestors, who as guides, traders and buffalo hunters settled in the west among their Native brethren. This deep connection to her roots is the inspiration for much of her artwork and ongoing research in developing in others an appreciation for the Metis contribution to our country’s home land.

In 2006 Melissa-Jo was invited to represent Alberta cultural heritage in Washington DC for the 49th annual Folk Life Festival. She was also given the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Art Award in 2009 for her work as an Artisan and as a recognized cultural art instructor.