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Anna Wong: Traveller on Two Roads

August 31 – November 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 30, 7:00 PM

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Image Credit: Anna Wong, China Wall I (detail), 1981, mixed media on paper, ed. A/P, 56.0 x 77.0 cm, From the Malaspina Printshop Archives of the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, Gift of Milton and Fei Wong, BAG AN 1988.38.901, Photo: Blaine Campbell.

About the Exhibition

Canadian master printmaker Anna Wong (1930-2013) was born and raised in Chinatown in Vancouver, BC. In her early twenties, Wong worked at her family’s business, Modernize Tailors. After studying Chinese brush painting in Hong Kong and graduating from the Vancouver School of Art with a degree in creative printmaking, she continued on to study and teach at the Pratt Graphics Center in New York City.  In the 1960's her original prints received several international prizes. She has represented Canada in a number of international print biennials, and was featured in a solo exhibition at the National Art Gallery of China in Beijing in 1979. This exhibition features over seventy works of art by Anna Wong, including over 70 original artworks, including paintings, drawings, hand-pulled prints, and large-scale textile pieces.

This exhibition, organized and circulated by the Burnaby Art Gallery, will be on display at the gallery from August 30-November 3, 2018 before travelling across Canada over 2019-2020. 

Accompanying the exhibition is a full-colour, hardcover publication in two bilingual editions (English/French/Chinese). With essays from notable scholars Keith Wallace and Zoë Chan, this catalogue includes over 70 of Wong’s artworks from a lifetime of travel and cultural influence: from Vancouver’s Chinatown to New York City, and from Quadra Island to Beijing.

Public Programs

Opening Reception

Thursday, August 30, 7:00 PM
Free, everyone welcome

Join us for the opening of Anna Wong’s Traveller on Two Roads at the Burnaby Art Gallery. The evening will feature opening remarks, followed by a reception.

Curator’s Tour

Sunday, September 9, 2:00 PM
Free, everyone welcome

Join curator Jennifer Cane on an in-depth tour of Anna Wong’s exhibition Traveller on Two Roads.

In the BAG Family Sundays

Sunday, September 16 & October 21, 1:00-4:00 PM
Free drop-in, all ages welcome

Come and make art! Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. On September 16, learn all about nature prints and on October 21 explore Chinese Brush Painting. This program is sponsored by ABC Recycling.

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Culture Days

Multilingual Tours of Anna Wong: Traveller on Two Roads
Saturday, September 29, 1:00-4:00 PM | Free

Join our knowledgeable guides for French, Mandarin, Cantonese and English tours of the Anna Wong: Traveller on Two Roads exhibit. For tour registration and specific times, please call 604-297-4422. Please note: limited drop-ins available, registration by phone prior to the event is encouraged for guaranteed space.

Panel Discussion: The Art & Life of Anna Wong
Sunday, September 30, 2:00 PM | Free, everyone welcome

Join us for a moderated panel, including writers, Zoë Chan, Keith Wallace and artist Steven Tong with curator Ellen van Eijnsbergen, focusing on the life and artistic practice of Anna Wong. Registration encouraged, please call 604-297-4422.

If you have already visited the Burnaby Art Gallery's Anna Wong exhibition, please take a few minutes to complete this short survey to review your visit. Your feedback is appreciated and will be considered for future exhibitions. Thank you!

The Burnaby Art Gallery acknowledges the generous support provided by: the Government of Canada, the City of Burnaby; the British Columbia Arts Council; the Province of British Columbia, its sponsors, patrons and visitors.

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