Presentation House Gallery
The Polygon Gallery
333 Chesterfield Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9

Ruscha & Bismuth: Miracles and Missing Pieces

Pierre Bismuth, Where is Rocky II? 2016, DCP, 93 min

May 31, 2017

at The Cinematheque

7 PM The Films of Ed Ruscha

Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha has made only three (rarely-shown) films, all dating from near the start of his career. Recently unearthed and restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, The Books of Ed Ruscha features Ruscha’s childhood friend, musician and comedy writer Mason Williams, knocking back sundowners on a patio as he solemnly incants and irreverently manhandles the limited-edition art objects of the film’s title. Ruscha’s second film, Premium, a self-parody of the artist as a young man, starring L.A. artist Larry Bell, is a filmic adaptation of his photobook Crackers, based on a short story by Williams. The last film, Miracle, has artist Jim Ganzer playing an auto-mechanic who undergoes a metamorphosis while repairing the carburetor of a ’65 Ford Mustang


The Books of Ed Ruscha | 1968-69, 16mm, 38 mins
Premium | 1971, video, 24 min
Miracle | 1975, video, 28 min


9 PM Where is Rocky II?

France/Germany/Belgium/Italy Dir: Pierre Bismuth, DCP, 93 mins

In 1979, Ruscha allegedly made a fake rock out of resin and hid it among real ones somewhere in California’s vast Mojave Desert. Named Rocky II after the Sylvester Stallone film, the work is never spoken about publicly nor is it listed in any catalogue of his work. Obsessed with this mystery piece, French artist Pierre Bismuth, in his directorial debut, hired a private detective and set out to find it.


Co-produced by Presentation House Gallery and The Cinematheque


The Cinematheque, 1130 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7  |  604.688.3456

JOB OPPORTUNITY – Exhibitions Assistant

Presentation House Gallery / The Polygon Gallery are looking for two Exhibition Assistants to join us this Summer.


With a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary practices within a context of historical and international art-making, Presentation House Gallery organizes national and international exhibitions, produces award-winning publications, and offers engaging public events and art education programs. Some of the world’s most important artists, both local and international, have been featured at the Gallery–from acclaimed Vancouver visual artists Stan Douglas and Ian Wallace to leading international figures such as Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.


In Fall 2017, Presentation House Gallery will move into its new home: The Polygon Gallery. In preparation for the move, the Gallery seeks two Exhibitions Assistant to work with the Director of Operations and Exhibition Production and the Gallery Manager on two main projects: 1) Preparing the Gallery’s exhibitions archive for the move to The Polygon Gallery, and 2) Assisting with the installation of N. Vancouver, The Polygon Gallery’s inaugural exhibition.


The successful candidates will be a current undergraduate or graduate student in archival studies, library studies, museum studies or a related discipline, ideally with an interest in and familiarity with visual art and/or art history. They will have excellent research and organizational skills, an impeccable attention to detail, and the ability to work independently on a sustained project. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.


The successful candidate must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada; be legally entitled to work in Canada; be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment; and be registered with Young Canada Works online. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. The Gallery is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations or gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.


The position will begin May 8, 2017 and end August 25, 2017.

Salary / Hours: $16 per hour, 37.5 hours per week


Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) by Monday, May 1, 2017 to Paul Kuranko, Director of Operations and Exhibition Production, or 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3G9


We look forward to hearing from you.


the exhibition of a film

Courtesy Lawrence Weiner, still from the exhibition of a film, 2014


10 April, 7pm

at Vancity Theatre

The film as exhibition site is at the centre of this experimental project, both curatorial and cinematographic, by French curator Mathieu Copeland. The exhibition of a film brings together visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, performers, choreographers, and writers around the question “Can an exhibition take place in a film rather than a gallery space?” While working the constraints intrinsic to feature-length film, it aims at being something other than a structuralist “epic”, or a suite of artist’s short films one after the other. Instead, each layer is constitutive of the whole, becoming a potential field of action. Viewed through the prism of the cinema, is it an exhibited film, the film of an exhibition or a filmed exhibition?

The screening will be preceded by a talk by Mathieu Copeland and followed by a reception in the cinema lobby, where movie posters and trailers by participating artists and musicians will be installed. ­

Co-produced with Vancity Theatre and with the support of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in Canada.

Mathieu Copeland is a curator based in London, UK, and a lecturer at HEAD, Geneva, who seeks to subvert the traditional role of exhibitions and to renew our perceptions of them. His exhibitions include VOIDS, A Retrospective (Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Kunsthalle, Bern); A Choreographed Exhibition (Kunsthalle St Gallen & La Ferme du Buisson); Soundtrack for an ExhibitionAlan Vega,  and Gustav Metzger (Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon); A Mental Mandala  (MUAC, Mexico City); and most recently A Retrospective of Closed Exhibitions (Kunsthalle Fribourg, Switzerland). Copeland also initiated and curated the series “A Spoken Word Exhibitions,” “Reprise” and the “Exhibitions to Hear Read” at MoMA, New York, in 2013. In 2017 he edited the anthology The Anti-Museum, co-published by Koenig Books.

Vancouver International Film Centre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2E8
Phone – (604) 683-3456

Luce Lebart on Collecting and Curating Photographs

Saturday, April 22, 4 PM,
at Presentation House Theatre

Please join us for a talk by the acclaimed historian of photography Luce Lebart who was recently appointed the first director of the new Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Lebart will discuss the Institute’s plans for their comprehensive collection and her approach to working with eclectic photographic collections in libraries, museums and archives.

From 2011 to 2016, Lebart was director of collections and curator at the Société Française de Photographie, the oldest photographic society in France, founded in Paris in 1854. As a curator, Lebart has organized and co-organized the exhibitions: La Guerre des Gosses Rencontres d’Arles, 2014; Souvenirs du Sphinx, 2015; Stains and Traces, First photosensitive tests by Hippolyte Bayard, 2015; Illuminations, 2015; Images à Charge (Burden of Proof) and Lady Liberty in 2016.  She is the author of several books, including Mold is Beautiful, Lady Liberty: The Photographic Making of an Icon, and Les Silences d’Atget (Atget’s Silences), as well as a number of articles in fields such as météorological and forensic photography and the history of archiving.


Erik Christensen (formerly known as Erik Schack)
Files  c. 1987
gelatin silver print with retouching, 23.8 × 17.9 cm
Gift of The Globe and Mail Newspaper to the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada




What’s at Stake?

Saturday, February 4, 12-5PM

World Art Centre at Simon Fraser University, 149 West Hastings Street, downtown Vancouver

What’s At Stake? Intertextual Indigenous Knowledges is an afternoon of talks, discussions and a spoken word performance that examines knowledge, power, authority, and sovereignty in the construction of artistic practices.

Presentation House Gallery is pleased to be a participant in this forum that marks the culmination of a unique collaboration with galleries across the city:  Intertextual: Art in Dialogue, a roving reading group held at participating galleries over the last year.

Free and open to everyone, What’s at Stake? is designed to inspire a web of  timely ideas and urgent questions. Taking the critical historiography of Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A Changing History of Ideas (UBC Press, 2013) as a point of provocation, this program belongs to critical discussions about the powerful role of art institutions and written texts in defining Indigenous artistic practices. The afternoon aims to examine and offer lively debates about the processes of selection and concomitant erasure that occur in cultural representations.

Beginning with a welcome by Musqueam artist and knowledge keeper Debra Sparrow and concluding with a spoken word performance by Nuu-chah-nulth/Kwakwaka’wakw poet Valeen Jules, the afternoon features talks by notable cultural figures involved in Indigenous art: art historian Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Nuu-chah-nulth historian, poet and artist Ron Hamilton (Ḳi-ḳe-in), Kwakwaka’wakw artist, activist and scholar Marianne Nicolson, and Cree curator and scholar Richard Hill, Canada Research Chair at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In addition, a lively discussion between Vancouver Indigenous scholars, curators and artists – Lindsay Lachance, Jordan Wilson, Jeneen Frei Njootli and Jennifer Kramer – promises to be a highlight.

This series has been produced with the participation of SFU Galleries, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Contemporary Art Gallery, grunt gallery, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Presentation House Gallery, UBC Press, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Western Front.

Masking Operations

Sunday, December 4th at 2pm

Join us for the finissage of our exhibition Screens and Thresholds for a conversation with Curator/Writer Jordan Wilson and Curator/Artist Raymond Boisjoly. They will discuss  encounters with, and understandings of, contemporary Indigenous cultural practices as framed by institutional circumstances.

Jordan Wilson is a Vancouver-based emerging curator and writer. He is of mixed European-Indigenous ancestry and is a member of the Musqueam First Nation. He holds a Masters of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies, both from the University of British Columbia. He has conducted research at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, the University of Tromsø in the Sápmi region of arctic Norway, and at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. More recently, he was a co-curator of the community-based exhibit c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Wilson is currently a Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Curator-in-Residence at MOA.

Raymond Boisjoly is an Indigenous artist of Haida descent based in Vancouver. He has presented solo exhibitions and projects in numerous galleries, museums and artist-run centres in Canada and elsewhere, including solo exhibitions at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver; Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto; VOX, Montreal. In 2016, he was presented with a VIVA award by the Shadbolt Foundation. Boisjoly is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studio in the Department of Visual Art + Material Practice at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery.

Followed by seasonal treats and refreshments.

JOB OPPORTUNITY – Presentation House Gallery / Polygon Gallery

JOB OPPORTUNITY – Presentation House Gallery / Polygon Gallery


Part-Time, Flexible Schedule as Required

Presentation House Gallery is Western Canada’s only public gallery with a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary Canadian work within a context of historical and international art. The Gallery organizes national and international touring exhibitions, produces publications, and offers public events and art education programs. The Gallery endeavours to offer the community diverse experiences which enrich viewers with new considerations about the world in which they live.

The Gallery is now poised to open its new facility, The Polygon Gallery, at the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver, BC in the fall of 2017, a purpose-built space in a high-traffic location on the waterfront.

In order to properly service the future Polygon Gallery’s extended community, the Gallery now invites applicants for a newly-created position: Gallery Rental Manager, responsible for managing all aspects of the private event rental program at the new facility.

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Gallery Rental Manager will be responsible for marketing and selling the Gallery as a venue for meetings, weddings, parties and special events.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Marketing and selling the Gallery as a special event venue
  • Producing and managing contracts
  • Planning and delivering all aspects of event rentals on behalf of the Gallery
  • Representing the rental program with industry and community organizations
  • Acting as a liaison with municipal government, community partners, stakeholders, Gallery management and support staff
  • Assisting with the development of Gallery policies as they pertain to the event rentals program.


Candidates will have a minimum of four years proven experience in hospitality sales, event planning and production, in a hospitality or tourism environment. Extensive experience in sales and customer service is required, along with a demonstrated aptitude for both written and verbal communication. The candidate must be proficient with the Microsoft Office suite and be comfortable learning and managing specialized software and systems as required. The ability to prioritise and effectively manage time will be integral to the role, as the successful applicant will work on multiple simultaneous rentals with tight deadlines.

The Gallery offers a flexible work environment, in which the Gallery Rental Manager will work a flexible schedule. Salary is commensurate with experience, with incentives available based on achievements. Ideally, the position would begin in a part-time capacity, growing to a full time role in advance of the opening of The Polygon Gallery.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Samantha Brett at before September 9, 2016.



JOB OPPORTUNITY: Presentation House Gallery

Presentation House Gallery

Full-time position available

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

With a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary practices within a context of historical and international art-making, Presentation House Gallery organizes national and international exhibitions, produces award-winning publications, and offers engaging public events and art education programs.

Presentation House Gallery is seeking a full-time Office Manager/Administrative Assistant. The candidate must be articulate, highly organized and detail-oriented, a good communicator with excellent writing skills, a self-starter who thrives on being the “go to” person about office needs and being proactive with office and facilities operations.

The candidate will work with the Director, Development Office, and Curatorial staff.  He/She must be comfortable handling a variety of tasks using a variety of software applications. Duties will include assisting with exhibition, publication, and events coordination; reception; website management; updating donor/mailing lists; ordering office supplies; scanning/image work preparation; document preparation; sending out email invitations; assisting with the implementation of the Gallery’s social media plan; coordinating meetings and appointments; managing calendars and schedules; assisting with and overseeing computer software needs; and other tasks as required.

The candidate should be adept with technology and software programs. Skill with the following programs would be an asset: Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator (Adobe Suite), Word, Excel, PowerPoint (Microsoft Office), Raiser’s Edge (Blackbaud). Online programs include: WordPress (website management), Campaign Monitor (email output), Dropbox Team (storage), Google Admin (managing team emails, creating new addresses), and social media skills using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Hootsuite. Experience with design is a definite asset. Knowledge about and interest in the visual arts is essential.

Salary / Hours: $18 per hour, 35 hours per week

Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) by Friday, August 26, 2016, to Diane Evans, Gallery Manager at or 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, BC, V7M 3G9.



In advance of its move to the new Polygon Gallery in 2017, Presentation House Gallery is holding its first of many Pop Up Sales: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 in the current Gallery, 333 Chesterfield Avenue. Frames, posters, books, equipment, vitrines, and much more, all priced to sell. Free items too! Cash, credit, debit accepted.

In addition, we will be offering 25% off publications that are in our photography bookstore!

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Film screening + Panel Discussion: #artoffline

Thursday, June 16 

Vancity Theatre

1181 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 2E8


“Contemporary art is at a standstill, and partially because of technology”
-Mohammad Salemy

What happens to art in the Internet age? How has the ability to surf endless digital images changed the gallery-going experience? Philosophers, artists and exhibition-makers in this documentary look at whether infinite reproduction liberates art from a volatile art market and an undemocratic exhibition circuit, and question whether the desire for physical objects is really just nostalgic fetishism.

Making and sharing ‘museum selfies’ has become a normal part of experiencing art. As digital technology has completely transformed the experience of art forever; #artoffline provokes viewers to ask, do we lose something if the physical artwork disappears?


Director: Manuel Correa
Year: 2015
Duration: 60 min

Doors & Bar: 6:00 PM
Screening: 7:00 PM sharp

The screening of #artoffline will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Presentation House Gallery Director, Reid Shier.


Manuel Correa, Director of #artoffline
Clint Burnham, art writer and SFU professor
Maria Lantin, Director of Research at Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Mohammad Salemy, art critic and independent curator
Andy Sylvester, Director of Equinox Gallery