With doors shut due to COVID-19 restrictions, Vancouver Art Gallery launches livestream Art Connects conversation series on March 31

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      The Vancouver Art Gallery is going to start streaming a live conversation series called Art Connects, with the first installment taking place via its Zoom video channel at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 31).

      During the livestream, curators Grant Arnold and Mandy Ginson will lead a preview of the exhibition The Tin Man Was A Dreamer: Allegories, Poetics and Performances of Power, walking viewers through the show, which was to have opened on March 21, after stay-at-home advisories were put out.

      The discussion will be moderated by Melissa Lee, director of education and public programs, and Stephanie Bokenfohr, adult programs coordinator.

      The series is the facility's response to the closure of exhibition spaces because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

      The interactive talks feature guests from local and international arts communities, and they're free for everyone to join and the weekly conversations will be interactive in nature. Upon registration, attendees can submit questions and chat directly with each other during the live stream.

      The online gatherings are meant to encourage dialogue and connection during this new age of physical distancing, the gallery said in the announcement today.

       You can preregister for the talks here.

      The Tin Man Was a Dreamer was to coincide with presidential and congressional election campaigns in the United States, alluding to the power, violence, and war that have permeated the art of Western Civilization.  The show features works in a variety of media—from 17th-century paintings to contemporary video, and examines topics ranging from displays of aggression, physical posturing, the performance of the self, political theatre and the role of mass media. Artists include Larry Fink, Mark Lewis, Sorel Cohen, Fred Herzog, Jack Shadbolt, Joyce Wieland, Ruth Scheuing, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Micah Lexier, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Rineke Dijkstra, William Beechey, Elizabeth Wyn Wood, Claude Breeze, Marian Penner Bancroft and Robert Frank, among others.

      The exhibit is to run until August 23.