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Talks, Films & More

Talks & Lectures

Talks & Lectures



Wednesday, April 2 | The Jasper/Robson Lecture: Lisa Christensen | More information >

Wednesday, April 9 | Lyndal Osborne In-Gallery Talk | More information >

Wednesday, April 23 | The AGA Presents: Brett Wilson | More information >


Tuesday, May 13 | In-Gallery Talk: Jasper / Robson, 1924 | More information >

Saturday, May 17 | Panel Discussion: 90 x 90 | More information >


Monday, June 9 | Our City of Queer Champions | More information >

Thursday, June 12 | In-Gallery Talk: High Adventure | More information >

Thursday, June 19 | Curator’s Tour: New Lines | More information >


Wednesday, July 2 | Conversation with the Artist: Alma Louise Visscher | 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 Lie 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.

Drawing Night

Wednesday, June 25, 5 – 9 pm
Art Gallery of Alberta
Free with Gallery Admission

Come to your AGA for a creative night filled with hands-on drawing activities throughout the building! Take part in a drop-in workshop with local artists Josh Holinaty and Lee Nielsen, pick up a colouring sheet inspired by the Jill Stanton installation Strange Dream, and test out your figure drawing skills with live models in the exhibition space!

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