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Must-Sees This Week: April 2 to 8, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Chih-Chien Wang’s recent photography and video work goes on view at the Darling Foundry alongside Stephanie Loveless’s recent project, For Romantic Fantasy, on April 2 at 5 p.m. Museums cannot get enough of artists curating: recently Chris Cran took a whirl through the permanent holdings of the McMaster Museum of Art, and now, beginning on April 2, Geneviève Cadieux will animate the collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Dazibao hosts a one-night screening of Reynold Reynolds’s film The Lost, which claims to feature (and add to) “mysterious reels of a film shot in Berlin in the 1930s,” on April 8 at 7 p.m. The luminous paintings of Pierre-Yves Girard open at Galerie D’Este on April 2 at 5 p.m. Veteran abstract painter Richard Mill opens a show at Galerie Trois Points on April 4 at 3 p.m.


Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art continues its series of talks with Brazilian artist Regina Silveira in a talk moderated by Carmen Victor on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Perhaps you haven’t heard, but the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday events are quite popular; if you have been missing out, another one kicks off month on April 2. Across the city, programming related to this year’s Images Festival, which officially begins next week on April 8, begins to crop up with projects such as Walter Scott’s billboard project at Mercer Union and Rashaad Newsome at the Art Gallery of York University. Stay tuned for our top picks from the festival, which we will publish next week.


At ViewPoint Gallery, Ford Doolittle opens an exhibition that applies the hyperlocal trend sweeping restaurants to photography: all the images were shot within a two-block radius of the gallery. It’s a perfect exhibition premise for those of us who are disinclined to perambulation. Titled “Farther/Further Afield,” it opens on April 2 at 6 p.m.


At Truck Contemporary, Kyle Beal’s “Roulette” offers a “crack at a fun feeling of alienation” which, somehow, sounds kind of appealing, and John Will’s videos—largely documentary works that tap into the personal and the intimate—also open on April 3 at 8 p.m. Katherine Ylitalo leads a tour of “Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America” at the Glenbow Museum on April 2 at 12 p.m.


Calgary-based artist Colin Smith opens an exhibition of large-format images created with camera obscuras formed out of the most unlikely of places: abandoned buildings, fire-tower lookouts and a Boler trailer among them. The show begins on April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, which is opening a variety of spring exhibitions that evening.


The entire must-sees would just be material related to the Capture Photography Festival, which begins on April 2, if we were to list it all. There are plenty of notable shows and projects, including a group show that builds from a Steve McQueen audio and slide work at Satellite Gallery, a great-looking group show, “Wayward,” at Winsor Gallery, a two-person exhibition of Byron Dauncey and Kevin Day’s work at Robert Lynds Gallery and a show by Jonah Samson at Macaulay & Co Fine Art. Wil Aballe Art Projects also presents artist Scott Billings—who currently has an exhibition in the gallery—in conversation with Marina Roy on April 4 at 2 p.m.


In partnership with the US Embassy in Ottawa, La Petite Mort Gallery opens an exhibition of work by American photographer Mark Strandquist, titled “Windows From Prison,” on April 3 at 7 p.m. Travelling from the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s, Newfoundland, painter Mary Pratt’s retrospective opens at the National Gallery of Canada on April 4.


Gallery 1C03 offers a final chance to take in the wide-ranging career of Peter Tittenberger, who has used a variety of media in his artwork, including polaroid photographs, ceramic sculptures, found objects and reclaimed wood. His survey show at the gallery, “him and me,” closes on April 4. Alison Norlad’s paintings and drawings—fantastical architecture structures based on pastiches of real places—open at Actual Gallery on April 2.

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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susan murar says:

Has Norval Morrisseau the great Ojibwa artist totally disappeared off the face of Canadian art in every way-shape-form? Is the 1st 3D and monumental portrait of him sculpted in a small studio in Stratford, Ontario destined to be destroyed by time and neglect? Are four other sculptural works that honour his life and oeuvre destined for the scrap heap- perhaps their pieces to be used as “found art” in installations? SEE: Morrisseau Portrait – SPECIAL EDITION – 2015 YouTube Video, and Does the future of art scholarship in Canada even need these works of art related to Morrisseau? Not one gallery, art museum, or cultural institution in Canada has acknowledged that these works exist- WHY is that?

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