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Must-Sees This Week: December 10 to 16, 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, or download the Canadian Art Finder in the App Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Jason Deary will be showcasing a selection of recent paintings in “Roll Call,” which focuses on personal history memory, opening at MULHERIN December 11 at 6 p.m. A Space Gallery holds a panel discussion on December 12 at 3 p.m. with Ian Carr-Harris and Dr. Hannah Dyer, moderated by Taryn Sirove, in conjunction with Johanna Householder and Frances Leeming’s show, “We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?” Georgia Scherman Projects holds an opening reception for Anitra Hamilton’s “The Never Ending Story” on December 10 at 6 p.m. Canadian Art hosts Taryn Simon for a talk at Innis Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.—tickets are sold out, so if you don’t have one follow us on Twitter for the low down. On December 12 from 3:30 p.m., Katzman Contemporary hosts “an afternoon of literary engagement and spirited dialogue,” including readings by Steve Mentz from his new book, in conjunction with Patrick Mahon’s new solo exhibition “Nonsuch Garden.”


The Renegade Library was an the international mail-art project initiated by Lois Klassen in the late 1990s, and the project gets recognition at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba with boxes of the original materials and a reception at 7 p.m. on December 10. A free public discussion of The Renegade Library will be held at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art on December 11 at 8 p.m.


Scott Cumberland’s “Hold my Beer and Watch This…” is opening at Peter Robertson Gallery on December 10 at 7 p.m. with accompanying live jazz music; the show presents part of an ongoing series of painting that delves into memory through pop-culture references and ribbon motifs. Art Gallery of Alberta curator Kristy Trinier will be talking with Tyler Los-Jones about his large-scale photographic artwork A panorama protects its view at the gallery on December 13 at 2 p.m.


Christine Klassen Gallery hosts two opening receptions on December 12 at 1 p.m.: Zane Wilcox’s clay sculptures, inspired by ancient stone structures and prairie landscapes and “Earth Series” by French painter Jean-François Gromaire.


On December 12 at 2 p.m., Kardosh Projects hosts a launch for Letters: Michael Morris and Concrete Poetry, which looks at the veteran West Coast artist’s work with essays by Jamie Hilder, David MacWilliam, Michael Turner, Scott Watson and William Wood. Wil Aballe Art Projects opens “Signals,” which brings together work by Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva on December 10 at 7 p.m.


Circa Art Actuel continues their programming of exchanges between artists included in the “Space in dialogues” show, with Marie-Ève Martel and Noémie Weinstein discussing “Space and Architecture: Between Places and Utopia” on December 12 at 4 p.m. Sarah Anne Johnson, a finalist for this year’s Sobey Art Award, opens a solo show at Division Gallery on December 12 at 2 p.m.


David Churchill, a professor at the University of Manitoba who teaches the history of the United States, gives a lecture on “Homophile Representation and its Discontents: Visual culture and queer bodies in North American and Europe in the mid-20th Century,” at Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts on December 14 at 7 p.m.


A large group show, featuring work by Andrea Carvalho, Dave Hind, Ingrid Mayrhofer and others will begin at Hundreddollargallery on December 11 at 7 p.m.; the show takes its title from a 1978 Lina Wertmueller film “which we have not seen but we hoped sounded suitably pretentious and apocalyptic,” notes the press release. Phil Irish’s works, which hover between painting and collage, go on view in “Precipice” at B Contemporary on December 11 at 7 p.m. To mark the closing of “The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings,” the McMaster Museum of Art hosts a researchers’ tour, led by Dr. Brandi Lee MacDonald and Nenagh Hathaway on December 10 at 6 p.m. followed by a lecture by Dr. Melanie Gifford at 7 p.m.

Quebec City

Espace Virtuel at Centre Bang opens two shows on December 10, one by Philippe Chabot and one by Mathieu Gagnon.

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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