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

Transient Moments Vancouver and the Performance Photograph

Guest curated by Ann Pollock, this project looks at the important contribution made by the Vancouver performance art community and visiting artists in the ’60’s, ’70’s and ’80’s.

The exhibitions are supported by the Canada Council, with assistance from the Western Front.
Additional support from the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery and the Department of Fine Arts at U.B.C., and Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique.

PHG catalogue published with an essay by curator Ann Pollock.

Special Events:
Organized by Ann Pollock in conjunction with Presentation House Gallery

Curator’s Talk by Ann Pollock and Craig Krull, Saturday, September 14, 2 pm; followed by a Reception
Performance Art Series at the Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver.

Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes, Mexican interdisciplinary artists performing Dangerous Border Games from the Borderama series – Wednesday, September 18, 8 pm; and Canadian performance artist Colette Urban, performing Augur, and Pretend Not to See Me – Wednesday, October 16, 8 pm.

  ARTISTS TALKS at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

High Tech Aztec Art by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes,  Thursday, September 19, 7:30 pm;

Second Guessing by Colette Urban, Friday, October 18, 7:30 pm.


With artists Guillermo Gómez-Peña (Mexico) and Suzanne Lacy (California).  Sponsored by the Western Front; assisted by New Performance Works Society – Saturday, September 21, 2 pm.

Performance and the Photograph. TALK by Vancouver artist Hank Bull   at Presentation House Gallery on Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 pm

TRANSIENT MOMENTS: FILM at Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique on Thursday, September 26, 7:30 pm

David Rimmer’s Al Neil: A Portrait; Penelope Buitenhuis and Judy Radul’s A Dream of Naming; The Nine O’Clock Gun by Chris Gallagher; Fuses by Carolee Schneemann, with film talks by David Rimmer and Judy Radul and a selection from Blocking, Surfacing on the Subliminal, and Sharkfin Dance by General Idea, Vincent Trasov, Byron Black and Kate Craig, all of 1974 performances including Mr. Peanut. 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver. Admission charge

Ongoing tours and workshops for student groups.

* An artist-in-residency program by John Sobol at four North Vancouver highschools, October 14 to 18, followed by a evening’s event of performance works by the students, and an exhibition of student photographs taken of the performances. Supported by the North Vancouver Community Arts Council.

  • Laurie Anderson, Vancouver debut of United States, 1981. Photo: Cornelia Wyngaarden