Arts + Culture Round-up

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By Roxanne Toronto

Posted on April 24, 2020 | Updated April 27, 2020, 2:19PM

We’ve pulled together a list of things to keep you occupied and connected in these times of physical-distancing and self-isolation.

With thanks to the Libby Leshgold Gallery, you can now view the current exhibition, Masaomi Yasunaga | Empty Landscape online.

Our friends and neighbours at Equinox Gallery and Monte Clark Gallery are also featuring online exhibitions. The Equinox features a selection of works by gallery artists that were to be presented this spring at Papier 2020, an annual art fair in Montreal, Quebec. They include alumni Sonny Assu, Angela Teng and Etienne Zack, along with works by Associate Professor Ben Reeves and Renee Van Halm (Professor Emeritus). Monte Clark exhibits works by Stephen Waddell, as well as work curated by Claudia Beck for the Capture Photography Festival.

The Capture Photography Festival has moved to a digital format as well, on through April 30. View works by alum Adad Hannah, Theo Terry, and Noah Friebel, as well as Assistant Professor Lindsay McIntrye and faculty member Annie Briard. Don’t miss the Virtual Exhibition Artist Talk featuring alumnus Adad Hannah, Rydel Cerezo and Megan Hill-Carroll – April 30. Their exhibitions explore the conditions of creating work during the present moment of social distancing and social isolation

CAG at Home is a series of digital initiatives to keep connected during these times of social distancing. Every week, the Contemporary Art Gallery is sharing new art-making activities, video tours, remote events and updates for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own homes.

Google Street Views allows participants to take virtual tours of a number of museums and galleries including the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with hundreds of museums worldwide to provide online access to a range of exhibits. Check out their top 10 list of museums, which include the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, and the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

CreativeMornings has put together a roster of upcoming virtual events.

Explore the Museum of Anthropology collection from home. Take a virtual tour of the Great Hall and watch interesting videos of Musqueam teachings. This is a great opportunity to do something fun with the whole family and spur on educational discussions.

And for you film buffs:

Mailchimp and Oscilloscope Laboratories have launched the #SupportTheShorts platform, a free website now streaming the Official SXSW 2020 Short Films. Sit back, relax, and enjoy these films from the comfort of your home.

Watch Hot Docs at Home on CBC, a multiplatform festival-at-home experience providing Canadians with front-row access to titles from the 2020 Hot Docs Festival.

In 2018, the National Film Board launched Indigenous Cinema, an extensive online library of over 200 films by Indigenous directors. They're free for viewing, and you can search by year, subject, director, or title. Not sure where to begin? CBC wrote a guide to six films to get you started.

Voleflix — a distant cousin to Netflix, offers free streaming featuring dozens of public-domain films for you to watch online, without the need of an account. Offering classics featuring the likes of Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, James Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, etc…it even has its own originals.

The IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) has a collection of hundreds of films available for free streaming.

Open Culture provides free animated films from classics to modern, including 66 Oscar-nominated and award-winning animated shorts courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

Originally slated to screen at Emily Carr, the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Festival celebrates National Canadian Film Day virtually day with an online screening of the powerful documentary, From C to C – Chinese Stores of Migration. The film will stream through May 1, password (case sensitive): C2C2020.