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Talks & Lectures

Talks & Lectures

September 2015

Friday, September 11 | Artist in Conversation: Chris Cran and Bruce McCulloch | More information >

Sunday, September 27 | Illuminating Nuit Blanche More information >

October 2015

Saturday, October 3 | Hiking Through Rough Country More information >

Friday, October 23 | Encounters with the Self and the Triumph of Misery More information >

Friday, October 30 | Charrette Roulette: LANGUAGE Book Launch More information >

November 2015

Wednesday, November 4 | Artist Walkthrough: CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours More information >

Wednesday, November 21 | Charrette Roulette: FABRIC Workshop More information >

December 2015

Wednesday, December 2 | Artist in Conversation: Dana Holst | More information >

Sunday, December 13 | Tyler Los-Jones More information >





Design Trilogy Film Series

Watch three design-based films created by independent filmmaker and photographer Gary Hustwit as part of our Poole Centre of Design programming.

Helvetica, 2007
September 30, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre
Free with Gallery Admission
80 minute runtime
This film discusses the proliferation of the typeface Helvetica and the connection between typography, graphic design and global visual culture.

Objectified, 2009
October 7, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre
Free with Gallery Admission
75 minute runtime
Objectified discusses our connection with manufactured objects and the people who design them. The film will look at the design process from toothbrushes to tech gadgets.

Urbanized, 2011
October 14, 7 pm
Ledcor Theatre
Free with Gallery Admission
85 minute runtime
This film will focus on the design of cities and urban planning strategies used by architects and designers.

Presented in conjunction with Charrette Roulette and the Poole Centre of Design

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1919
October 25, 1 pm
Ledcor Theatre
Free with Gallery Admission
71 minute runtime
Gain context for the exhibition Living, Building,Thinking through this classic German Expressionist film. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari tells the story of a hypnotist who commits murder by controlling a person sleepwalking.

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 17

with Tracey Hilden
Illuminations: Masterpieces of Baroque Art in Canadian Collections

Baroque art conjures images of drama: powerful lighting, rich and luscious colour, and elaborate scenes. This month’s talk will focus on contrast as a source of drama in art. Explore how the drama of Baroque art uses this theme of contrast in both subject matter and artistic style.

October 15

with Ellen Pyear
CHRIS CRAN, Sincerely Yours

Calgary-based artist Chris Cran has been an influential figure within Canadian art since the 1980s. His experimental artwork draws upon various genres of painting from the art historical cannon, playfully combining these forms with images from popular culture. This Art for Lunch will highlight a selection of Cran’s works over the past 40 years in order to further explore the development of his iconic and innovative style.

November 19

with Yvonne Mullock
Charrette Roulette FABRIC      

Join artist Yvonne Mullock as she discusses her artistic practice and experience participating in Charrette Roulette FABRIC. Gain insight into this unique exhibition format and learn more about her work in Charrette Roulette FABRIC before the exhibition opens on November 21.

December 17

with Daniel Evans
Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism

The inter-war period of the Weimar Republic was a time of immense political and social upheaval. It was marked by a flourishing of the arts, science, and philosophy amidst a post-war climate of rising unemployment and skyrocketing inflation. This talk will discuss the visual culture of the time, including design, film, and theatre and how these art forms expressed ambivalent and often contradictory attitudes towards political authority, mechanization, and changing social mores.