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Must-Sees This Week: May 12 to 18, 2016

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder, or download the Canadian Art Finder in the App Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Marianne Nicolson’s “Oh, How I Long For Home,” which builds from photographs of Vancouver’s “golden age” to create an installation that particularly addresses the relationship between Indigenous people and the city, opens at the Teck Gallery on May 14. Collector Uno Langmann leads a tour of “NANITCH: Early Photographs of British Columbia from the Langmann Collection” at Presentation House Gallery on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. Antonia Hirsch helms this month’s Scrivener’s Monthly talk at Western Front on May 12 at 7 p.m., building on her book, Negative Space: Orbiting Inner and Outer Experience, and asking, “What is the relevance of artwork at the intersection of two darknesses – on the inside and outside of one’s skull?”


The Vancouver Art Gallery travels inland to Kelowna for a series of receptions, beginning with artist Paul Wong and director Kathleen S. Bartels speaking about the importance of the arts to “dignitaries, stakeholders and members of the arts community” on May 12 at 5 p.m. at the Kelowna Art Gallery.


An exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, “A Perilous Crossing,” traces the dangerous voyages that migrants and refugees face when attempting to cross the Mediterranean, and is on view until September 25.


Works in a range of genres by recently deceased painter Marcel Barbeau are on view in “Amour, champagne et autres choses” at TrépanierBaer, beginning May 14 at 2:30 p.m. Joshua Jensen-Nagle’s beach photographs will get you in the mood for summer, and they’re opening at Newzones May 14 at 2 p.m., alongside a new series of work by Sophie Jodoin. Get an intimate look at Bill Rodgers’s sketchbooks and notebooks, which are on view in “From the Page” at Jarvis Hall Gallery, opening May 13 at 5 p.m.


The Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery continues its lecture series with a talk by David Moos, the president of David Moos Advisory and the former curator of Modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, on contemporary painting, which begins at May 12 at 6 p.m.


The third edition of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial, organized by Art Mûr and focused on the theme of “Culture Shift,” kicks off this week with participating galleries including the McCord Museum, the Canadian Guild of Crafts and Stewart Hall Art Gallery. Exhibitions run at the participating galleries, with several openings May 29 at 30. Events include a video screening of Steven Yazzie’s Knowing You, Santa Fe at the McCord Museum on May 14, a panel discussion and film screening presented by the National Film Board at the McCord Museum on June 8 at 6 p.m. Galerie Nicolas Robert opens a photographic installation by Caroline Cloutier, which begins with a vernissage on May 14 at 3 p.m. Artist Mathieu Lefèvre will be remembered with a commemorative publication and an exhibition at Centre Clark beginning May 12.


Madrona Gallery launches an exhibition of Hashim Hannoon’s community-oriented paintings on May 14 at 1 p.m.


A group of Toronto galleries, A Space Gallery, Urbanspace Gallery, Trinity Square Video, Prefix ICA and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, are coming together to present a survey of the photographic work of Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, whose activist-artistic practice has spanned some 40 years. Mall rats, keep rejoicing! Last week it was Douglas Coupland at Simons, this week a whole group of artists, including Golboo Amani, Roy Arden and Jessica Vallentin, show socially engaged works in Galleria Shopping Centre, which is slated for redevelopment. Liza Eurich and Tegan Moore are paired in a show focused on the semi-opaque, or the illegible and quiet, that opens at G Gallery on May 12 at 6 p.m. This year’s Subtle Technologies festival picks up where the Met Gala left off, looking at art and wearable technology over the course of four days at various locations with talks, exhibitions and a fashion show. David Clarkson’s recent paintings open at Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects on May 14.


The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia holds an official launch for their 2016–17 programming, which will feature talks, meet and greets, tours and more, and runs May 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Wall Space Gallery opens a selection of large-scale photographs by Nava Waxman that capture her ephemeral in-studio wall paintings and performances.


On Friday, May 13, at 7 p.m., Artspace opens Dylan Miner’s WAAWAASHKESHIWI-WIIYAAS, which remembers and subverts the history of legislation of poaching in Ontario’s Georgian Bay territory, which has particular resonance for Miner, as his grandfather’s grandfather was arrested in 1906 for poaching venison. The show opens with a small feast of locally harvested fish and wild rice.

Our weekly must-sees, published each Thursday, are chosen from opening and event announcements sent to at least two days prior to publication. For listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, visit

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