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Must-Sees This Week: April 20 to 26, 2017

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 even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


As part of Capture Photography Festival, Monte Clarke Gallery hosts the opening reception and book signing of Greg Girard’s Under Vancouver 1978–1982, where the artist and photographer visually documents the nightlife and human landscapes of the city, on April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.—works published in the book will be on view in the gallery. Griffin Art Projects’s spring artist in residence, New York–based painter Michael Bauer begins his time in Vancouver with a public conversation with director Lee Plested on April 22 at 3 p.m.

The free, inaugural edition of the Vancouver Photo Book Fair, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Art Book Fair and Capture Photography Festival, opens at Western Front from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22, and also runs the following day. This will be held concurrently with off-site talks and workshops by writers, publishers and artists on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at James Black Gallery. Carol Sawyer opens a show of video and photographs based on a performance of an aria written by the English baroque composer Henry Purcell, which Sawyer uses as a jumping-off point to explore theatricality and realism, health and sickness, and more, beginning at Republic Gallery on April 22 at 2 p.m.

Presentation House Gallery hosts a public lecture by acclaimed photography historian Luce Lebart titled, “Collecting and Curating Photographs,” on April 22 at 4 p.m. Miss Solitude: Cuttings, a publication featuring images from artist Birthe Piontek’s Miss Solitude series and eight poems by poet and novelist Marguerite Pigeon, launches with a conversation between the creators and curator Kimberly Phillips at Access Gallery on April 27 at 7 p.m.


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, in partnership with the University of Lethbridge’s Centre for Culture and Community, hosts a book launch and lecture by sociologist and cultural theorist Dr. Derek Sayer, whose recent book is Making Trouble: Surrealism and the Human Sciences.


In collaboration with the Institute of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg and Queer People of Colour, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents a performance work, titled Psychic Materials, by multidisciplinary artist and musician Casey Mecija, whose performance navigates “queer feelings, Filipina subjectivity and diasporic longing,” at 7 p.m. on April 20.

As part of the ongoing “A Place Between: A 60’s Scoop Project,” which features works by more than 20 contemporary Indigenous artists, Urban Shaman Contemporary begins its free, child-friendly screenings with Confirmation of my Sins (1995) by Zachery Longboy, Hard to Place (2013) by Tasha Hubbard and Indian Blue (2008) by Carol Greyeyes, all showing consecutively from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 22 at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House.


A retrospective of Brenda Francis Pelkey’s career, including nine bodies of work from 1988 to 2015 by the nationally renowned photographic artist, opens at the MSVU Art Gallery with an artist talk and reception on April 22 at 2 p.m. Barbara Berry and Ian McKinnon give artists talks on April 22 at 4 p.m. related to their current show, which deals with spirituality, at Hermes.


Artists David Campion and Sandra Shields and curator Laura Schneider will be giving an exhibition tour of “Grand Theft Terra Firma: Reconciliation & Settler Responsibility,” a group exhibition challenging the concept of reconciliation for Indigenous communities and the accountability, complicity and allyship of settlers, followed by a discussion, at the Reach on April 22 at 1 p.m.


“Awi’nagwiskasu: Real Land,” a solo exhibition by Marianne Nicolson, Victoria-based artist of Scottish and Dzawada̱’enux̱w First Nations descent, will feature light-based installations, paintings and video works that explore the health of coastal communities and the pressing concerns over access to water for Indigenous communities at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, with an opening on April 20 at 7 p.m.


In collaboration with London Centre for Digital Media and Entrepreneurship, Western University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities will co-present a panel of artists and cultural workers titled, “Art and the City: the Role and Responsibility of Art in Our Communities,” featuring Halima Cassells, Nicki Borland and Jessica Cook, as they discuss the role of art in building and rethinking the urban space, at 121 Studios on April 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.


This week, the 30th Images Festival, Toronto’s first experimental film and video festival, will take place from April 20 to 27 across galleries and cinemas in Toronto. Opening night kicks off with a screening of Tales of Two Who Dreamt at the Royal Cinema on April 20 at 7 p.m., followed by a week of screenings and artist talks including: an artist talk by Deirdre Logue, the subjects of the 2017 Canadian Artist Spotlight, at the Innis Town Hall at 7 p.m.; a one-night-only live reading with video projection by Kapwani Kiwanga at Innis Town Hall on April 21 at 9 p.m.; a screening of A Distant Echo by George Clark, followed by Xenoi by Deborah Stratman, on April 22 at 5 p.m. at Innis Town Hall; and an artist talk by filmmaker Karilynn Ming Ho at Trinity Square Video April 22 from at 12 p.m.

In collaboration with Images, Vtape presents its 14th volume of the Curatorial Incubator, titled “All Is Well On the Border,” in which Noor Alé and Claudia Mattos select a series of films highlighting border politics and more, with a curatorial talk on April 22 at 10 a.m. The Art Gallery of Ontario opens a blockbuster showing of work by pivotal American Modernist artist Georgia O’Keefe on April 22. Also presented by the AGO: a panel discussion on art and nationhood featuring Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and more on April 21 at 8 p.m. in Massey Hall. Darren Gallery presents work by Maya Fuhr on April 20 at 5 p.m. followed by an artist talk on April 21 at 5 p.m. “What Sovereignty Sounds Like: Towards a New Music in Indigenous Tkaronto,” a panel about the sound of reconciliation and music audiences, will be held at the Music Gallery on April 25 at 6 p.m.


Noting the 150 years of Canada’s confederation along with a history of two-spirited Indigenous resistance, “Two-Spirit Sur-Thrivance and the Art of Interrupting Narratives,” a group exhibition showcasing film, installation and photographic works by Dayna Danger, Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour, Kent Monkman, Preston Buffalo and Fallon, opens at Never Apart on April 20.

“I’ve Only Known My Own,” a group exhibition that dwells on concepts of corporeality, the body, its processes of documentation and survival, featuring performance- and installation-based works by Nadège Grebmeier Forget, Autumn Knight, Michelle Lacombe, Ursula Johnson and Mikhel Proulx, opens at Optica, A Centre for Contemporary Art on April 21 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Papier, one of the largest art fairs in North America focused on paper as a medium, opens their 2017 edition at Arsenal Contemporary Art with a range of presenters, including galleries like Parisian Laundry, TrépanierBaer Gallery, Lisa Kehler Art and Projects, and more from April 21 to 23.


Wall Space Gallery hosts an artist’s reception for “Between Light and Shadow,” Kelly Grace’s solo exhibition of large-scale paintings, inspired by the genre of film noir and Rod Sterling’s television series The Twilight Zone, on April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.


It’s the last opportunity to see Jude Griebel’s solo exhibition “Estranged Setting,” at the Esker Foundation, as the show closes April 23.

North Bay

White Water Gallery presents “Entrails: Latin American Artist Talks,” featuring Mexican artist Ruth Vigueras Bravo, Argentinian-Spanish artist Nicolás Spinosa, Brazilian artist Cecilia Stelini, Chilean-artist Oscar Gavilán Ortiz, and Colombian artist Neryth Manrique, for a discussion about their individual practices and art-making on April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. This will be followed by performances on April 21, including Alejandro Arauz’s presentation with the Near North Voices titled, Choir Chant, from 5 to 8 p.m.


Maggie Groat’s new body of work, which is “guided by deep time and deep future,” goes on view in “Suns also Seasons,” which will include site-specific interventions, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, beginning March 24 with an artist talk at 7 p.m.

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