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.
The National Gallery of Canada presents its exhibition of works by the winners of this year’s Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts, organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts. The winners are Glenn Alteen, Bruce Eves, Wyn Geleynse, Spring Hurlbut, Midi Onodera, Sandra Semchuk, Adrian Stimson and Jack Sures. (Stimson’s remarkable Beyond Redemption, seen above, is one of the works on view.) The opening reception will be held on March 29 at 5:30 p.m. with free admission.
Not to be missed while at the NGC: April 2 is the last day to catch the gallery’s current exhibitions “Frontera: Views of the U.S.-Mexico Border,” “Gold and Silver: Images and Illusions of the Gold Rush” and “PhotoLab 3: Between Friends.” Janet Cardiff‘s Forty-Part Motet also reopens in Rideau Chapel March 31 following a construction closure.
VANCOUVER AND AREA
The major retrospective “Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit” opens at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler on March 30. Honouring the artist’s legacy, this exhibition will demonstrate how Dick based his work in the traditions of his Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation and also challenged himself to continuously evolve his practice.
SFU Galleries hosts the panel discussion “Why Art Matters: Art, SFU and Reconciliation” with artist Dana Claxton, scholar Richard William Hill and John O’Brian on March 29 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The discussion will broach considerations of art’s role in regards to dialogue surrounding reconciliation. Elsewhere, the Cultch Gallery presents works by Terra Poirier and Gregg Steffensen on April 2.
The month-long Capture Photography Festival launches on April 3 at numerous locations across the city. Exhibitions opening this week include: Mike McLean’s “JR” at Chernoff Fine Art; Ho Tam’s “Cover to Cover” and Karilynn Ming Ho’s “For the Left Hand Alone” at Richmond Art Gallery; the group show “More Observer Effects” at Moat Gallery; Gary Drouin’s “Ghost Buses” at Visual Space Gallery; Hua Jin’s “Peony” at Viridian Gallery; the group show “Exquis Process” at Remington Gallery; and Shelby Tay’s “If We Were the Sea” at the Cheeky Proletariat, with much more to come next week.
Plug In ICA unveils two new exhibitions with an opening reception on March 29 at 7 p.m. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa debuts sculptural works in “Shit-Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe,” where he translates bodily movements into objects using his notable humour and performative approach. Przemek Pyszczek also debuts sculptural work in the exhibition “Białystok,” named after his birth town in Poland, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in Canada. Pyszczek presents a colourful work inspired by the city’s infrastructure and housing buildings. Pyszczek will give a Polish tour of his exhibition followed by an artist talk on April 3 at 6 p.m.
Aceart inc. presents Logan MacDonald’s solo exhibition “The Lay Of The Land” with a launch and artist talk on March 29 at 7 p.m. This body of work reflects on questions of land, identity and cross-cultural exchange.
Oliver Husain’s “Roving” opens on March 30 at the Remai Modern. This exhibition will present five film and video works by Husain that illustrate his continued preoccupation with the nature of illusions. The works will screen at different intervals over the length of the exhibition’s run—the first work being screened is Purfled Promises (2009) until April 29.
The Gallery/art placement inc. presents Dawna Rose and Betsy Rosenwald’s “Our Enduring Drama” beginning on March 31. Fluctuating between figuration and abstraction, both Saskatoon artists will present recent paintings and drawings.
TORONTO AND AREA
AGO Creative Minds returns at Massey Hall with this year’s theme “Art and Truth” on April 4 at 8 p.m. Presented by the AGO and Massey Hall with CBC and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, this year’s event brings together writer Salman Rushdie, performance artist Andrea Fraser, filmmaker Charles Officer and musician Iskwé in a discussion moderated by CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti.
Meanwhile on this day, Jeff Thomas will give an artist talk from noon to 1 p.m. at Sheridan’s Creative Campus Galleries in Oakville in link with his current exhibition “Indians on Tour: Exploring Indigenous Experiences,” running until April 6. Over at InterAccess, a retrospective of work by media artist Nancy Paterson, “The Future: Before,” opens on April 4. An opening reception will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Elsewhere, on April 4, 8eleven Gallery unveils new work by Soft Turns—the artist collaboration of Sarah Jane Gorlitz and Wojciech Olejnik—in “PLANT/PIXEL” in partnership with the Images Festival.
Double Happiness Projects presents “Here Now Back Then” on March 29, a solo exhibition by Shaheer Zazai. Zazai’s featured “digital carpets,” created in Microsoft Word, convey carpet-making patterns addressing notions of culture, technological hybridization and appropriation. Meanwhile, Circuit Gallery at Prefix ICA presents Alejandro Cartagena’s “Accumulations” on March 29. This artist’s latest photographic work departs from his previous series Suburbia Mexicana.
Down the hall at 401 Richmond, Gillian Iles’s “Towards eternal glory” opens at the Red Head Gallery on this same day. Elsewhere, Loop Gallery presents two new exhibitions this week: Sandra Smirle’s “Stellar Baby” and Linda Heffernan’s “The Perpetuation of Memory.” An opening reception will be held on March 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, Nick Ostoff’s new paintings debut in “Roundabout” at Christie Contemporary on March 31.
In closings, Vikky Alexander’s “Between Dreaming and Living” at Cooper Cole wraps on March 31.
The 2018 Cold Cuts Video Festival, titled “There’s something in the way,” launches at the SOVA Gallery on March 30. Curated by Christina Battle, this year’s roster includes the Association for Decentering Landscapes (comprised of Rouzbeh Akhbari, Felix Kalmenson and Ash Moniz), Tanya Lukin Linklater, Amanda Boulos and Liz Knox. A reception to mark the launch will be held on opening day from 4 to 6 p.m.
Curator Sarah Fillmore at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will lead a curatorial tour of “Perfect Brightness: Discovery and Escape in Contemporary Photography” at the gallery on March 29 at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Lou Sheppard’s residency at the Khyber Centre for the Arts begins this week, and the artist will be hosting weekly open studio events sharing their research progress and screening films. The first studio screening is on April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Dazibao presents their new exhibition “Entends-tu ce que je vois? Do You See What I Hear?” this week, themed on the relationship between sound and visuality. An opening reception will be held on March 29 at 7 p.m., followed by a performance by Rosalie Jean at 8 p.m. Featured artists include Bianca Baldi, Wojciech Bakowski, Kapwani Kiwanga, Sofie Thorsen, Myriam Bleau, Marie Voignier, Naveen Padmanabha, Jen Reimer and Max Stein, among many others.
Meanwhile, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran presents “Title II,” the second instalment to their collaboration with project space Vie d’Ange, on April 4. This exhibition is centered around the idea of “net neutrality” and systems of communication. Participating artists are: Aude Pariset, Catherine Telford-Keogh, Dena Yago, Dis, Jason Matthew Lee, Nina Canell and Simon Denny. Elsewhere, a screening of the Afterlife group’s video project will be presented by the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery at the Cinémathèque québécoise on April 3 at 7 p.m.
In closings, Émilie Serri’s “The Space Between the Seconds” wraps on March 31 at Galerie B-312.
The Lily presents “The Sleepover” by CIRCLES & WIGS—the collaborative duo of Jessica Groome and Ashleigh Bartlett—on March 29 at 7 p.m. The multimedia exhibition will mimic a sleepover space and explore themes and rituals of teenage friendship.
In closings, the group show “The usual place, but to the side” and Candice Davies’s “In a Constant State of Flux” both end on March 31 at Truck Contemporary Art.