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.
TORONTO & AREA
“Yoko Ono: The Riverbed” debuts at the Gardiner Museum on February 22. Known for her contributions to conceptual art and her activism, the artist offers an installation composed of three interactive sections: Stone Piece, Line Piece and Mend Piece.
The group exhibition “niigaanikwewag” opens on February 22 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Curated by McMaster Museum of Art’s Rhéanne Chartrand, the exhibition celebrates the work and leadership of Indigenous female artists, from emerging to senior. Featured artists include Kenojuak Ashevak, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Rosalie Favell, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Caroline Monnet and Shelley Niro, among others. Also opening at the AGM on this same day is “Casting Hooks,” an exhibition of work by the Inuk sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen, and the project “Four Lands.”
Craig Leonard’s “Maquettes for Non-Trivial Characters” launches on February 23 at Double Happiness Projects, where the artist plays with different narratives and characters as interwoven storylines. At Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain Toronto, “Canopies and Heavens,” featuring artists Marc Audette, Lise Beaudry, Glenda León and Edward Maloney, opens on February 24.
Three new exhibitions open at Xpace Cultural Centre on February 23. “Sanctuary Inter/rupted,” curated by Jessica Kirk and Mitra Fakhrashrafi, will feature work by Kaiatanoron Dumoulin Bush with Ryan Rice, Amani Bin Shikhan with Hamda Warsame, Sharine Taylor, Samira Warsame and Noor Khan. Also debuting are Arshia Salesi’s “Lapses of Clarity,” part of her current painting series, as well as Marina Fathalla and Sandy Saad’s “Festival days are Mythical; all other days are Historical,” which looks at questions and representations of land.
Join Canadian Art’s Yaniya Lee for a public reading and discussion as part of a Reader-in-Residence Session organized with Art Metropole at the Blackwood Gallery on February 28 from noon to 1 p.m. Lee will respond to the fifth circuit of the Take Care project, “Collective Welfare,” and consider the influence of built environments on the reproduction of care. Over at Trinity Bellwoods Park, site-specific artworks and performances will inhabit the park on February 25 as part of the “Layer Up – Winter Art Crawl.”
In closings, these are the last days to catch Bambitchell’s “Special Works School” exhibition, which wraps on February 24 at Gallery TPW.
grunt gallery presents work by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa in the solo exhibition “Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers” on February 22. Using drawing, performance, sculpture and video, Ramírez-Figueroa questions the formation of history, sparked by his own experience of displacement by the civil war in Guatemala.
Over at 221A’s Pollyanna Library, “BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS: Forum on Art and Developer Money” will be moderated by the research collective W.W.A.S. (Brit Bachmann, Gabi Dao, Josh Gabert-Doyon and Byron Peters) on February 28 at 7 p.m. The forum will investigate and create dialogue surrounding Vancouver’s real-estate crisis in relation to arts workers and artists.
Carleton University Art Gallery hosts “Cripping Aesthetics, Maddening Creation,” a performance and discussion with Lindsay Eales and Danielle Peers, on February 27 at 7 p.m. as part of the gallery’s new series “Disruptions: Dialogues on Disability Art.” Eales and Peers’ performance will draw on critical disability and Mad theory, spoken word, dance and film, and will be followed by a reflection that considers disability and accessibility in the arts.
The group show “Drinkers Of Quintessences” opens on February 22 at the Darling Foundry. Curated by Caroline Andrieux, the show assembles 12 artists whose works explore the void and question to what extent visuality and material objects can do so. Over at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, the exhibition “Our Thing,” featuring artists Aude Pariset, Jon Rafman and Christopher Kulendran Thomas, also launches on February 22.
At Galerie René Blouin, a solo exhibition of work by François Lacasse debuts on February 24, with an opening reception at 3 p.m. An opening reception for two new exhibitions at Parisian Laundry will be held on February 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. In Grier Edmundson’s “The Angle of List,” the artist looks at issues of value and the economy in a new body of work. In “Collision 14: A Serious Pleasure,” Madeleine Mayo’s work weaves itself between painting and sculpture, figuration and abstraction.
A reception for the debut of nènè myriam konaté’s residency “yes, and … also: an experiment in writing + curation” at the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art will take place on February 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will serve as an introduction to konaté’s residency and work, in which they centre improvisation and intersectionality. Meanwhile, Galerie B-312 presents “The Space Between the Seconds” featuring three video installations by Émilie Serri, in which she examines her Syrian heritage.
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba hosts the public discussion “Ceremony & Gender” with artist Raven Davis and guests on February 26 at 7 p.m. The discussion will look at the role two- spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people have in Indigenous communities, and how this manifests in art and activism.
Two new exhibitions open at L’Œil de Poisson on February 23: Julien Boily’s “Quelques motifs de synthèse” and Manifa N’Diaye’s “Rose piscine.” Meanwhile, at VU Photo, the group exhibition “Appareillage” also debuts on February 23. The show questions how photography influences our notions of the image and image-making in other mediums. Featured artists are: Wanda Koop, Nicolas Lachance, Michelle Bui, Anthony Burnham, Louis-Philippe Côté, Péio Eliceiry and Pascal Gingras. Over at La Bande Vidéo, Léna Mill-Reuillard’s work debuts in “Miscere” with an opening reception on February 23 at 6 p.m. The work presented stems from a residency the artist recently undertook in the gallery’s studios.
The Khyber Centre for the Arts hosts two events this week in link with Willow Cioppa’s current artist residency. On February 23, Cioppa will share their recent poetry in a reading event from 6 to 8 p.m. The next day, on February 24, the workshop “Collective Care among Marginalized Communities” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Kamloops Art Gallery hosts a talk with artist Zinnia Naqvi on February 24 from 2 to 3 p.m., in link with the current exhibition “Re Present: Photography from South Asia.” The artist will discuss her practice and her considerations of such issues as globalism, identity and transnationalism.
Kotama Bouabane’s solo exhibition “We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow” will be presented at the New Gallery on February 23 with a reception at 8 p.m. Bouabane makes use of tropical fruits in his photographic works to question the intention of object as symbol.
These must-sees are selected from submissions and press releases sent to email@example.com at least two days prior to publication. Listings can be found at canadianart.ca/exhibitions.