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Must-Sees This Week: August 20 to 26, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Pith Gallery and Studios opens “Under New Management,” which features the work of locals Nate McLeod and Cassandra Paul, August 21 at 8 p.m. TRUCK  is only screening a couple more outdoor films as part of their “Camper” series, with a contemporary existentialist classic, Waking Life (Richard Linklater, 2001) starting at sundown, Saturday, August 22 at 1220 Kensington Road Northwest.


John Scott’s dark, gestural work opens at the McMaster Museum of Art in an exhibition that also features “interjections” from the institution’s collection (including Francisco Goya) on August 22.


Lois Andison’s sculpture, which often involves multimedia and technology, opens at Olga Korper Gallery on August 26. Programming wraps up at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art with a champagne sabering by Dean Baldwin (BYOB) on August 23 at 5 p.m. The historic Campbell House Museum becomes a site of contemporary art, by Aleesa Cohene and Bambitchell, in the second instalment of “Memories of the Future,” opening August 20 at 6 p.m. Nicole Moss’s surreal paintings and collages open at Ben Navaee Gallery August 22 at 2 p.m. Maria Flawia Litwin’s delicate works of cut paper open at Typology on August 21 at 6 p.m.


“Mikwenim,” a show featuring installations focused on decolonization by Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Melissa General, opens August 21 at 6 p.m. at Gallery 101 in collaboration with the Asinabka Film Media Arts Festival; the festival runs from August 19 to 23 and celebrates indigenous art on Algonquin territory. Get down to the National Gallery before school starts and the Marc Chagall and Alex Colville exhibitions close, on September 13 and September 7, respectively.


The local history of photomanipulation is the focus of “Mindful Manipulation: Selections from the Thomas Bouckley Collection,” which opens at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on August 26.


Paul Maheke Ngamaha and Alice Didier Champagne discuss their project Paysage Sauvage at the Darling Foundry on August 20 at 6 p.m. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers three tours on Friday, August 21; first, of the Auguste Rodin exhibition at 11:30 a.m. in English, at 11:45 a.m. in French, and finally, a tour of the “Quebec and Canadian Art” component of their collection later that day, at 1:30 p.m.


Toronto-based artist Katie Bethune-Leamen looks at abstraction and objecthood in “turn that brown upside down,” opening at Modern Fuel on August 22 at 2 p.m.


The Apartment officially wraps things up with a closing party on August 23 at 4 p.m. Join the Kamloops School of Writing for “Projector Verse,” an hour of readings at Unit/Pitt Projects on Sunday, August 23 at 1 p.m. August 22 is the last day to see Field Contemporary’s “The Oasis,” curated by Justine Gabias with work by Vanessa Brown, Steve Hubert, Allison Tweedie, and Mark DeLong. Jocelyn Statia leads a guided visit of the Contemporary Art Gallery’s current Mungo Thomson exhibition at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 22.

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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