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Must-Sees This Week: April 5 to 11, 2018

Capture Photography Festival has more than 30 exhibitions slated across the Lower Mainland, including works by Joi T. Arcand, Owen Kydd, Ho Tam and Grace Ndiritu

Lots of great art exhibitions and events are taking place across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for debuting shows and events, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. Visit our Exhibition Finder for more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.


More shows debut across the city this week as part of Capture Photography Festival 2018. This year’s feature festival exhibition “The Blue Hour” opens at the Contemporary Art Gallery on April 5, featuring Joi T. Arcand, Kapwani Kiwanga, Colin Miner, Grace Ndiritu and Kara Uzelman. These artists’ works together investigate the photographic image’s connection to time. An opening reception as well as the official festival launch will take place at the CAG on April 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Other shows opening as part of the festival include Owen Kydd‘s “Mountain Lakes” at Monte Clark Gallery; “Chilcotin Rodeo” at Gabor Gasztonyi Studio & Gallery; “Alternate Sights” by Scott Massey and Léna Mill-Reuillard at Back Gallery Project; “Here & There” by Alexa Mazzarello and Andrea Fernandez at the Aviary; the group show “Collective Noun” at Ian Tan Gallery; and “Sweet Dense City” by Kent Lins at Van Galleries, among others.


The Nanaimo Art Gallery presents “Fulhame’s Map” on April 6, titled after the 18th-century Scottish chemist Elizabeth Fulhame who experimented with photographic methods. The works presented take their cue from Fulhame’s experiments. The artists featured are Fabiola Carranza, Sara Cwynar, Jessica Eaton, Allison Hrabluik, Hannah Maynard and Nicole Kelly Westman. An artist talk with Eaton will take place the following day on April 7 at 2 p.m.


The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal presents a two-day symposium on Leonard Cohen in partnership with Concordia University as part of the programming for the current exhibition “Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything.” The symposium will take place at the university on April 6 and 7, and will explore Cohen’s legacy and the relationship between pop music and contemporary art. Also opening on April 6 is the latest iteration of the project Pictures for an Exhibition, involving works from the museum’s collection, with the new show “The Prophets,” featuring artists Richard Ighby, Marilou Lemmens, Josef Albers and Jana Sterbak, among others.

The DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art presents a screening of Amar Kanwar’s film Such a Morning—created for last year’s Documenta 14—at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal on April 5 at 7 p.m. Over at VU Photo, two new exhibitions open on April 6: “Étant donnés” by Lucie Rocher and “Painter project” by Simon M. Benedict. The group show “Whispers That Got Away” opens at the SBC Gallery on April 6 with a reception at 6 p.m. Curated by Atelier Céladon, featured artists are Joeun Aatchim, Yen-Chao Lin, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Sahar Te and Couzyn van Heuvelen. In link with the exhibition, the two-day event “Common Aliens: Relief Theory” will take place on April 7 and 8 featuring workshops, discussions, performances and comedy that give priority to racialized diaspora in Montreal. Elsewhere, Groupe Intervention Vidéo hosts the screening and discussion “VIS-À-VIS / VISIONNAIRES” on April 11 at 7 p.m. Curated by Alexa Cuesta Flórez and Helena Martin Franco from the collective La Redhada, the event celebrates intergenerational female artists from the Caribbean and the Colombian Pacific.

Over at Galerie D’Este, “Abstractions actuelles” has its debut on April 5, featuring Fiona Ackerman, Megan Krause, Eric Louie and Larissa Tiggelers. Elsewhere, Candice Davies will give an artist talk about her current exhibition “In Progress” at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse on April 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. On April 7 Galerie Laroche/Joncas launches Frédéric Cordier’s solo exhibition “An Error Occurred,” while Galerie Nicolas Robert presents “Whatever Form This Moment Takes” by Jim Verburg.


Koffler Gallery presents work by the Paris-based artist Esther Shalev-Gerz on April 5. Featuring recent video and photographic installations, this is the artist’s first major exhibition in Toronto. Over at Cooper Cole, the group exhibition “Terribly Vulnerable and Terribly Hard” launches on April 5. Curated by Ashton Cooper, featured artists include G.B. Jones, Sam Vernon, Harmony Hammond, Jibz Cameron and Mira Dancy, among many others. Meanwhile at Division Gallery, John Monteith’s “Resonances” opens on April 7 with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Royal Ontario Museum hosts a performance of work by Caribbean Canadian writer and poet M. NourbeSe Philip on April 10 at 7 p.m. Philip will present poetry written about the events surrounding the slave ship Zong. Elsewhere, Prefix ICA will host a talk with Agustín Pérez Rubio, curator of the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), on April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Presented in partnership with Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP), the talk will be moderated by art historian Analays Alvarez Hernandez.

Meanwhile, Angell Gallery presents a two-person exhibition featuring new paintings by Bradley Harms and collage-based paintings by John Eisler, as well as the solo show “Lattices” by Meghan McKnight featuring her new photographic series. An opening reception for all will be held on April 6 at 7 p.m.

Over at Trinity Square Video, “Corrections” by Onyeka Igwe and Aliya Pabani opens on April 6, co-presented by Images Festival. At Y+ contemporary, Erika DeFreitas’ exhibition “to prepare for a longing, an itch” opens on April 7—a culmination of her three-month residency at the gallery—also in partnership with the Images Festival. Three new exhibitions launch at Xpace Cultural Centre on April 6: “Expedition Elsewhere” featuring Dylan Glynn, Amanda Low, Kai Lumbang, Kira Reau, Sonia Beckwith and Nicole Ji Soo; “Cloud Hands” by Jessica Jang; and “no-fluke/no-feed/no-swim/no-play/no-fun” by Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe.

West of the city, Oakville Galleries presents the exhibitions “Nadia Belerique: The Weather Channel” and “Sara Cwynar: Tracy” on April 8. Belerique will showcase new works in continuation of her recent series Bed Island, while Cwynar will present new photographs and film work with her two previous works Soft Film (2016) and Rose Gold (2017). And Lakeshore Arts launches “Remembering You” on April 5, a memorializing, multidisciplinary exhibition produced in the South Etobicoke community in collaboration with the LAMP Community Health Centre.


TrépanierBaer Gallery presents “Other Fantasies” by Vikky Alexander on April 6 with an opening reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. In this show, the artist will showcase new photographs and five large-scale wall murals inspired by her collage-style paintings to investigate the dynamics of utopia.


The Dunlop Art Gallery presents “Surface Handling” by Vancouver-based artists Diyan Achjadi and Brendan Lee Satish Tang on April 6. Curated by Wendy Peart, both artists use decorative motifs in their work to reference craft traditions as well as their mixed cultural heritages.


On Sunday, April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., join Open Space’s new board of directors to share questions, hopes and concerns about recent conflicts at the gallery. The day after the forum, April 9, there will be a healing ceremony and community feast.


“CIRCLES & WIGS: Best Friends Forever” debuts at the Kamloops Art Gallery on April 7. The artist duo CIRCLES & WIGS, comprised of Jessica Groome and Ashleigh Bartlett, continue their playful investigation of the politics of friendship in this new installation conceived over the past six months while the artists were in different locations.


The Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Gallery launches a group show by the collective Roots Above Branches on April 6 with a reception at 8 p.m. Comprised of artists Robyn Adam, Niamh Dooley, Danielle Fenn, Kristin Flattery, Shawn Gosek and Sarah Stewart, the collective’s works use natural materials and also reference the nature of select Indigenous languages.


Two new exhibitions open at the Art Gallery of Hamilton this week. In “Echoing Shore,” Stephanie Vegh responds to a component of the gallery’s permanent collection; while in “The Sleeping Green. no man’s land 100 years later,” Dianne Bos presents current-day pinhole photographs of sites from the First World War. A reception with artist talks from both Vegh and Bos will take place on April 6 at 6 p.m. While at the gallery, be sure to also check out “Speaking for Herself” with works by Prudence Heward, Jaime Angelopolous and others. Over at Hamilton Artists Inc., “Lump, Slump, Sunk” by Adrienne Spier and the group show “Transition, Transform” featuring Candice Davies, Lois Schklar and J. Eric Simpson also launch this week. An opening reception will be held on April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Evans Contemporary launches “Theoretical Stellar Remnants,” an exhibition by the collective Open Cluster CR-50, on April 6. The conceptual works featured make use of instructions and symbolism to cue the viewer into a collaborative process of art-making. Over at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, a panel discussion with artists jes sachse, Fallon Simard and Jessica Karuhanga, moderated by Nehal El-Hadi, takes place on April 8 at 2 p.m. The discussion extends from the artists’ current exhibition “Been Here So Long,” which wraps on this same day.


Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art unveils “Laufer & Snow,” a duo exhibition by Michael Snow and artist and stage designer Murray Laufer which includes works from Snow’s Walking Woman series and rarely seen works by both artists. The exhibition launches on April 7 with a reception at 2 p.m.


Opening at Corridor Gallery this week is “Matte, Satin, Gloss” by artist Kate Grey. Featuring new ceramic work, the show investigates how we make meaning out of objects, specifically household ones. The exhibition continues until April 30.


Graham Peacock’s new exhibition “Fields / Figure” opens on April 6 at the Peter Robertson Gallery. Peacock will participate in a Q & A the following day on April 7 at 3 p.m. In closings, Julian Forrest’s exhibition “This Is Not A Century For Paradises” wraps at the gallery on the same day.

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