Upcoming Special Exhibitions

The Audain Art Museum hosts a number of exciting upcoming exhibitions each year. Dedicated to presenting a wide range of artists and artistic practices, the Audain Art Museum’s exhibitions include both historical and contemporary art. We produce our own exhibitions and showcase art from other institutions that complement our permanent collection. We invite you to explore our upcoming exhibitions below.

Beau Dick

Dzunukwa Mask

Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit

March 30, 2018 – June 11, 2018

Co-Curated by Darrin Martens, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator, Audain Art Museum and Linnea Dick

The retrospective project, Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit, is a critically important art historical project for the Audain Art Museum to undertake and honours the legacy of this remarkable artist. The Museum has made its mission to focus on collecting and exhibiting exceptional art created by gifted visual artists from what is now labelled British Columbia. As such, Beau Dick and his work stand out as exemplary. The retrospective will provide insight into the complexities of traditional and contemporary Indigenous approaches to the creation of art on the West Coast. Beau Dick was an artist who was deeply rooted in the traditions of his Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation. He also challenges those traditions in order to create a distinctive artistic and cultural voice for himself within and outside of his Nation.

Roy Lichtenstein


Pop Art Prints

June 30, 2018 – September 17, 2018

Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Audain Art Museum

Pop art is bold and brash. The subjects are familiar, the forms flat. The lines are crisp and the images clear. But in spite of its apparent simplicity, pop art transforms images lifted directly from advertising, news reports, and highway signs into sly commentaries on consumerism, our fascination with glamour, and the superficiality of contemporary American mass culture. Pop art emerged in stark contrast to the emotional intensity of abstract expressionism, then the reigning movement in contemporary art. Pop art’s banal subject matter and commercial references startled viewers. Pizza? A comic book frame? A movie star? Pin-up girls? Art lovers had always assumed that high art and popular culture were oppositional concepts—until Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and others of their generation challenged prevailing assumptions about what fine art should be. This exhibition features 37 works drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection augmented with a suite of “Marilyn” prints by Warhol from the Vancouver Art Gallery collection.

Emily Kam

Kngwarray Anooralya (Wild Yam Dreaming)

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection

October 6, 2018 – January 7, 2019

Organized by the American Federation of Arts

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection presents a selection of outstanding contemporary art by Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists. Since the 1960s, artists from these communities have spearheaded a renaissance in the world’s oldest continuous artistic tradition, innovating within the idioms of visual languages that have developed over the course of millennia. While these dazzling paintings and beguiling sculptures often share formal characteristics with Western modern art, they represent conscientious efforts on the part of Aboriginal artists to share their culture with outsiders. Ancestral Modern will offer an opportunity for many Museum visitors to experience this extraordinary work for the first time. It includes innovators like Rover Thomas and Emily Kam Kngwarreye, who adapted materials and motifs traditionally used in ground painting, body painting, or the preparation of ritual objects in their works on canvas.

Emily Carr

Le Paysage, 1911


May 11, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Curated by Darrin Martens, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chief Curator, Audain Art Museum.
Emily Carr in France is anchored by the Museum’s recent acquisition, Le Paysage, and will examine, through the lens of Emily Carr’s artwork created in 1911 and 1912, elements of domesticity depicted within a modern and changing world. This exhibition will question, explore and determine the prejudices, inequities and biases between male and female artists through exhibition, sales and collecting practices of the period in which Carr travelled to France to enhance her knowledge of contemporary artistic practices and approaches to painting. Exploring this system will provide a framework in which to consider the evolution of Carr as a visual artist and author.