July 16, 2018

Join us for Family Pride Day!

Saturday, August 4, 2018
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mark your calendars! Registration will open Sunday, July 22 at 12:00 PM on this page.

Rennie Museum welcomes families with individuals that identify as LGBTQI+ and/or Two-Spirit, as well as their allies to its very first Family Pride Day! Join an interactive tour of our Kerry James Marshall: Collected Works exhibition. Enjoy refreshments on our rooftop sculpture garden as your children explore gender fluidity and self-expression during Drag Queen Story Hour featuring Gina Tonic. Finish the day with a hands-on art workshop inspired by the festivities of Vancouver Pride Week.

Family Pride Day is FREE and open to families with children who are 5 years of age or older. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are first come first served and limited to two adults per reservation.

June 9, 2018

On May 31, 2018, Rennie Museum hosted a talk by Kerry James Marshall. Maintaining an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, Marshall is perhaps best known for his prowess using classical techniques to re-integrate black figures into the history of painting. As part of the exhibition programming, Marshall took part in the Rennie Speaker Series to give a talk on his extensive practice, his influences and the exhibited works. Watch it below:

Rennie Speaker Series:Kerry James Marshall from Rennie Collection on Vimeo.


May 24, 2018

[Newsletter] Rennie Speaker Series Presents: Kerry James Marshall

May 12, 2018

[Newsletter] New Rennie Museum Exhibition: Kerry James Marshall

May 4, 2018

Manifesting Peace

by Darya Kosilova

One of the 184 wishes sent to
Imagine Peace Tower, Reykjavík

Over the six-week run of our Yoko Ono: Mend Piece (March 1-April 15, 2018) exhibition the Education Program at Rennie Museum hosted 184 young visitors from ten Vancouver schools. The diverse groups, ranging in ages five to eighteen, learned about the interdisciplinary career of Yoko Ono and participated in Ono’s instructional artwork MEND PIECE, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York City version (1966/2015).

In groups of ten, students sat at a table and were instructed to mend pieces of broken ceramic cups and plates using provided materials such as glue, tape, twine, string, and elastic bands. As students mended, they were asked to consider how the act of mending related to a greater conversation about change, notions of perfection, and the individual process of problem-solving. Students shared their experiences of having to overcome the pressures of perfection whether that meant achieving excellence in their academic performance or succumbing to peer pressure. Other times we simply reflected on what it meant to reconcile a mistake. Students also voiced their concerns about recent social issues such as gun violence, the Me Too movement, and the marginalization of ethnic and racial minorities. When the mending session came to an end, the students placed their creations on the shelves surrounding the mending table. Students often agreed that, although far from perfect, what they had mended was complex and unique. One educator noted, “I loved seeing how everyone created a new piece that was a representation of who they are.”

Gilmore Community School student poses with
mended cup

The Education Program is designed to prompt investigations between contemporary art and other subjects such as Social Studies, Literature, Critical Thinking, and Science. For every exhibition, our programming offers customizable activities and workshops pertaining to the themes of the exhibition and to class curriculum. The workshop for the Yoko Ono: Mend Piece exhibition encouraged students to consider how positive affirmations could manifest individual goals for social activism through discussion of Imagine Peace Tower (2007), another artwork by Yoko Ono.

Imagine Peace Tower (2007) is an outdoor work of art conceived by Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower, located in Reykjavík, Iceland, symbolizes Lennon and Ono’s continuing campaign for world peace. Buried underneath the tower are over one million written wishes that Ono gathered in an ongoing project titled Wish Tree. In honour of the tower being lit during the Spring Equinox (March 20-27), students were invited to write a wish on a provided postcard. During this writing exercise, students considered the kind of positive changes they’d like to see in the world. One student wished to see society embrace disadvantaged individuals, “I wish this world can show more love and empathy towards the people that stand on the weaker side of our society.” Another wished for gender equality, “I wish for gender rights and no sexism in the world and for women to have the same rights as men.” Following the end of the exhibition, all 184 wishes were mailed to Imagine Peace Tower.

From the perspective of the Education Program, it was inspiring watching students thoughtfully engage in the act of mending. Our young visitors ignited Yoko Ono’s instructions to “Mend with wisdom, mend with love” and in the process reflected on the human mind’s imaginative power to manifest peace. Despite the formidable issues affecting youth, it was electrifying to witness their optimism, compassion, and commitment to making a difference in the world. The Education Program’s mandate is to give students the opportunity to explore new ways of learning through art. This time however, it was our team at Rennie Museum, who learned from the students about the hopeful future they inspire.

March 29, 2018

[Newsletter] Lara Favaretto Catalogue Now Available

March 6, 2018

[Newsletter] Exhibition Extended: Yoko Ono at Rennie Museum

February 2, 2018

Did you miss our most recent Rennie Speaker Series talk by Gary Simmons? Staging history through the looking glass of popular culture, Simmons’ work exposes the impossibility of abolishing racial and cultural stereotypes from our shared memory, presenting a balanced, forthright address of racial, social and cultural politics. On November 15, 2017, artist talked about the recurring ideas and new developments in his work. Watch it below:

Rennie Speaker Series: Gary Simmons from Rennie Collection on Vimeo.

VIDEO & EDIT: Milena Salazar

January 24, 2018

[Newsletter] New Rennie Museum Exhibition: Yoko Ono

January 9, 2018

Exhibition walkthrough of ‘Ian Wallace: Collected Works’ at Rennie Museum, May 27 – October 14, 2017.

Exhibition Walkthrough: Ian Wallace from Rennie Collection on Vimeo.

VIDEO & EDIT: Milena Salazar