The Vancouver Art Gallery Announces FUSE: Object Lessons November 23

FUSE Fall 2018 Announced: ‘Object Lessons’, night merging visual art, music and performance, takes over Vancouver Art Gallery on November 23

The city’s best-loved, late-night art party returns with FUSE: Object Lessons on Friday, November 23. This upcoming edition of Vancouver Art Gallery’s signature evening merging visual art, music and performance indulges in stories and myths of the material world.

In dialogue with the Gallery’s fall exhibitions, FUSE: Object Lessons will awaken guests to a new consciousness around bodies and objects as a way to transmit meaning, lessons, ideas and beliefs.

Featured artists will respond to the intricate works of Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, which blends Chinese cultural tradition and heritage with contemporary aesthetics. They will look at how a seemingly simple object—a dress—can be elevated beyond a functional object. FUSE artists will also respond to the exhibitions A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects and The Metamorphosis, which draw from the Gallery’s holdings, highlighting the rich narratives that exist between objects as a collection.

Specific to Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube will be the program Small Practices of Deep Looking, which invites artists—Jamey Braden, Guadaloupe Martinez, Chandra Melting Tallow and Jeneen Frei Njootli—to respond to a specific force of single works within the show.

Additionally, the Gallery will host the dance/art collective Immigrant Lessons, who confront discrimination and promote equality through dance, music, fashion and visual design. Utilizing the audience as both medium and canvas, DJ Todd-Rod Skimmins Simmons will curate the night’s sounds.

Downtown Eastside independent radio station No Fun Radio will animate an artist bar as a space where sound and music function as therapy.

When: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM, Friday, November 23, 2018

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street

Admission: $29 Regular/$15 for Members
Tickets available online and in limited quantities at the door

FUSE: Object Lessons is guest curated by Pablo de Ocampo.

During the evening, all four floors of the Gallery’s fall exhibitions will be on view:

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond
Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube
The Metamorphosis
A Curator’s View: Ian Thom Selects

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About FUSE
Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of FUSE-goers have converged at the Vancouver Art Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances and music in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours, contemporary dance and unexpected surprises have made FUSE Vancouver’s popular art party—a place to see and be seen.


About the Vancouver Art Gallery (

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most respected and innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs, and emphasis on advancing scholarship all focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. Special attention is paid to the accomplishments of Indigenous artists, as well as to the arts of the Asia Pacific region—through the Institute of Asian Art that the Gallery founded in 2014. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is situated on traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh) peoples, and is respectful of the Indigenous stewards of the land it occupies, whose rich cultures are fundamental to artistic life in Vancouver and to the work of the Gallery.

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