Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)
Hamilton Artists Inc. opens Marigold Santos’s “Black Mirror,” which reflects on the darkened mirrors used by 18th-century landscape painters, on July 11 at 2 p.m., alongside the group exhibition “The Self,” featuring Morgan Kamocki Allaby, Vivian Chan, Humboldt Magnussen and Alize Zorlutuna, which hinges on fragmentation and identity. The Hamilton Artists Inc. also celebrates J.J. Levine’s “Tapestry: Queering the Gaze,” which went on view back in May. Centre  for Print and Media Arts opens “Pop Up Shop,” an ambitious series of installations and events in the Sherman neighbourhood on Barton Street East, kicking off with a reception July 10 at 7 p.m. at 749 A Barton St. E, and running throughout the following week.
The annual Midnight Renegade Stampede Breakfast Party, hosted by Quickdraw Animation Society, EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society and Untitled Art Society begins at 8 p.m. on July 10, with a film, video and animation screening happening at 10 p.m.
One Night Stand presents “oloniusPa ezSa haulUa,” a new mixed media work by Winnipeg-based Craig Stuart Love (look for the U-Haul in the parking lot of Assiniboine Park, on July 13 at 7 p.m.). Painter Eleanor Bond leads an artist talk on July 13 at 6 p.m. at the Plug In ICA.
The Flats, an industrial section of Vancouver that includes the Burrard Arts Foundation, Equinox Gallery, Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Monte Clark Gallery and Winsor Gallery, is throwing its third annual block party this Saturday, July 11. As a part of the celebration, Equinox Gallery hosts an artist talk by Sonny Assu, who will discuss his current exhibition, “Day School,” on July 11 at 1 p.m. Los Angeles-based artist Mungo Thomson comes to Vancouver with an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Gallery, “Time, People, Money, Crickets,” which opens with a reception on July 10 at 7 p.m. Thomson’s work also goes on view at the Apartment, in “Decorating with Plants,” which begins July 12 at 3 p.m. The Audain Gallery begins a series of soundwalks focused on their exhibition, “Through a Window: Visual Art and SFU 1965–2015,” with an event on July 11 at 1 p.m. lead by Jennifer Schine and Russell Wallace. Garry Winogrand’s photo series, with the (slightly accurate, slightly patronizing) title Women are better than men. Not only have they survived, they do prevail opens at Monte Clark Gallery on July 11 at 2 p.m.
At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, “Recast,” which features photographs of Bev Koski’s delicately beaded figurines and Christian Chapman’s collaborative film project, opens with a reception and artist and curator talks, beginning July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
In the Urban Indian Series, Terrance Houle is captured in photographs performing mundane acts—grocery shopping, taking public transit—dressed in Powwow regalia. The series opens at Michael Gibson Gallery on July 10 at 8 p.m., with a performance by Houle at 9 p.m. Also at Michael Gibson Gallery that night, James Kirkpatrick’s colourful, vaguely figurative works open in “New Special Good Times Forever.”
The Art in Bloom Festival largely dominates the cultural events in Edmonton this week, so residents who are flower-averse may find themselves out of luck. The event runs from July 9 to 12, with themed exhibitions running at Peter Robertson Gallery, the Front Gallery, Lando Gallery, the Daffodil Gallery and Bugera Matheson Gallery. If flowers aren’t of interest, Laara Cassells may have an alternative with her exhibition “After” at the Gallery @501 in Sherwood Park, which riffs on historic portraiture.
“A minimal doubt,” brings together work by Vincent Chevalier, Shan Kelley and Andrew McPhail to bring minimalism and HIV/AIDS into a contemporary dialogue, and the show opens July 10 at 7 p.m. at Videofag. Art collective VSVSVS will give a talk at Mercer Union, where there current show “Not together, but alongside” sees the gallery transformed into wood-framed rooms and stairs; the talk begins July 9 at 7 p.m.
New York–based artists Wesley Martin Berg, Daniel Boccato and Bryce Zackery come to Division Gallery with an exhibition focused on myth, which opens July 9 at 5 p.m. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts truly gets to the heart of canonical sculptor Auguste Rodin’s oeuvre with a series of guided tours titled “Delightful Derrières,” beginning July 9 at 2:30 p.m. Galerie Simon Blais opens a show titled “Tribal & Modern,” which takes a (hopefully slightly critical) look at the influence of the so-called “tribal” on Modernist art, beginning July 11.
Shows turn over at the MacLaren Art Centre this week, with three new exhibitions all opening with a reception on July 9 at 7 p.m. Hazel Meyer’s show, “Muscle Panic,” picks up on the Pan Am spirit, showing her ongoing interest in athleticism; Murray Favro’s show, “Lever and Wheel,” has a similarly sporting edge, delving into the mechanics of bicycles; and Stu Oxley presents a series of new paintings in “Distant Grounds.”
In “Terra dos Chinês Curio Shop,” Montreal-based Karen Tam reworks chinoiserie objects, such as vases and fans, with a distinctly handmade air. Tam’s exhibition opens at Artspace on July 9 at 7 p.m. alongside Matthew Hayes’s “Please Do The Needful,” which presents a series of text-based works that spells out various “problems” and “solutions.”
At 2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects, “Nature Factory” brings together work by Sara Angelucci, David Diviney, Thaddeus Holownia, Deb Wickwire and Susan Wood to look at the natural world, opening July 11 at 2 p.m. Also in the gallery, and on a related theme, are Catherine Beaudette’s collections of specimens and artifacts.
Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to email@example.com at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit canadianart.ca/exhibitions.