February 7: First day for “Les Plasticiens et les années 1950–1960” at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Quebec City
The MNBAQ and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham have teamed up to conceive and organize the exhibition, touted as the very first devoted to the ideas of the Plasticien movement in Montreal between 1955 and 1970. Co-curated by Roald Nasaard—who brought the Automatistes to wider attention a few years ago—as well as Michel Martin, the exhibition features works by Guido Molinari, Claude Tousignant, Yves Gaucher and Charles Gagnon, among others.
February 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.: Opening for Adad Hannah at Pierre François-Ouellette art contemporain, 372 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
PFOAC presents a selection of works produced by Adad Hannah over the course of the last three years at the request of museum institutions: The Diversions for Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; Daydreams of the Drunken Scholar for the San Antonio Museum of Art; and 18 minutes for Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, in which gesture becomes a central subject in the work.
February 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.: Openings for Ciprian Mureşan and Raymond Boisjoly at the Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Tonight, the CAG opens the first solo institutional exhibition in North America for Romanian artist Ciprian Mureşan. It also celebrates the fact that local artist on the rise Raymond Boisjoly is the CAG’s inaugural resident artist in the Burrard Marina Field House, using it as a studio and a place for community engagement, coinciding with the launch of As It Comes, two new interrelated public works.
February 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Opening for “Position as Desired” at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax
Drawing on works from several Canadian artists of colour—and asking the questions, What does it mean to be African Canadian?—a variety of photographs from the Wedge Collection provide food for reflection and thought. Artists include Dawit Petros and Stacey Tyrell, both of whom will be featured on a worthwhile panel related to these issues on February 9.
February 9 at 8 p.m.: Openings for “Ecotopia” and “Ecotone” at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 601 3 Avenue South, Lethbridge
In 2008, a group of scientists and artists recognizing the overlapping interests of their disciplines began meeting under the moniker of the Field Notes Collective. Intent to stimulate discussion, actions and ideas surrounding the complex relationships that exist between people and their local environment, a symposium was proposed—Ecotone. An exhibition inspired by the symposium opens this week at the SAAG, a fitting complement to “Ecotopia,” which debuted at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in the fall.
For more listings of exhibitions, events and openings across Canada, please visit canadianart.ca/calendar.