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Must-Sees This Week: February 4 to 10, 2016

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.)

Quebec City

Raphaëlle De Groot’s “The Summit Meetings,” which includes donated personal objects her travels in Canada, the United States and Italy, opens at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on February 4.


If you’re in the mood to be subtly unsettled, the group show “Thresholds” at Hamilton Artists Inc., which specifically aims to “disarm the viewer” and opens February 6 at 2 p.m., is the show for you. The Art Gallery of Hamilton shows “Fearful Symmetry: The Art of John Scott,” featuring a vast installation of his Scott’s work on paper and the newly restored Trans Am Apocalypse No. 3, from February 6 with an opening reception on February 20 at 3 p.m.


In conjunction with the exhibition “Robert Tombs: Index. Graphic Works 1985-2015,” artist/designer Robert Tombs will offer an illustrated talk about his approaches to design at MSVU Art Gallery on February 6 at 2 p.m.


The McClure Gallery opens “Whilst Hanging From a Round Planet,” an exhibition of recent paintings and collages by past RBC Painting Competition winner Dil Hildebrand, on February 4 at 6 p.m. with an artist talk on February 11 at 7 p.m. Galerie Division opens “Intensive Nesting,” a group show featuring Loretta Fahrenholz, Allison Katz, Tiziana La Melia, Keith Mayerson, Erin Jane Nelson, Brad Phillips, and Nicole Wermers, on February 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. And many galleries in the Belgo building will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. on February 4 for the “La soirée Belgo” event.


In conjunction with the exhibition “There’s Room, Ottawa Artists Respond to the Refugee Crisis,” Gallery 101 hosts a roundtable on February 6 at 2 p.m. asking, “Should We Abolish Borders?” On February 5 at 8 p.m., SAW Gallery presents an exhibition of work by the Florida Highwaymen, an artist group of 26 African American landscape painters that formed during the 1950s in Fort Pierce, Florida. Galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron opens a show of works by recently deceased Quebec painter Marcel Barbeau on February 7 at 2 p.m. And artist Jacqueline Hoa Nguyen speaks at Galerie UQO on February 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Plug In ICA hosts a series of events this week, including a screening of Lenin was a Mushroom followed by a “panel experiment” on February 4 at 7 p.m.; an artist talk with Duane Linklater on February 6 at 1 p.m.; and screenings of Kelly Mark’s 108 Leyton Avenue, in conjunction with “Further Than I Can Throw A Stone,” from February 8 until 14. Chantal Dupas has her first solo show with Lisa Kehler Art and Projects entitled “Learning about plants from a book,” and opening February 6 at 2 p.m.


TRUCK presents “Waste Land,” an exhibition of work by Kasia Sosnowski titled for T.S. Eliot’s touchstone poem of the same name, from February 5. “Inventory,” an exhibition Toronto-based artist Roula Partheniou’s sculptural replicas of mundane items, opens at Contemporary Calgary on February 4 at 7 p.m. Nickle Galleries opens three new exhibitions on February 4 at 5 p.m. with work by Laura Vickerson, Dan Hudson, Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton. Herringer Kiss Gallery presents Fiona Ackerman’s abstract works in “Chaos Theory,” opening February 4 at 5 p.m.


Alongside Exposure Photography Festival 2016, dc3 Art Projects opens an exhibition curated by local artist Alexis Marie Chute that showcases work by 20 Alberta photographers on February 4 at 6 p.m. From February 6, Edmonton artist Sean Caulfield’s site-specific installation, The Flood, a large-scale mural made from hand-carved woodblock panels, will be on display in Manning Hall at the Art Gallery of Alberta.


The Push Festival continues apace this week, wrapping up on the 7th. Before the fest closes, catch performances by Rabih Mroué, Jordan Tannahill, Le Principe d’Incertitude and more. And also check out “Critical Ideas: Critical (Un)Impressions—Theatre and Performance in Canada Today,” a panel happening February 5 at 10:30 a.m. at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Radical performance is also highlighted in the Cinemathèque‘s screening of the late Mike Kelley‘s film Day is Done on February 10 at 7 p.m. On the landscape-painting front, Edward Epp‘s takes on BC waterways, influenced by his travels in a pickup truck up and down the province, open February 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Marion Scott Gallery/Kardosh Projects.


In conjunction with exhibition “Silva Part II: Booming Grounds” at Nanaimo Art Gallery, local actor and director Jessica Lowry presents Clear Cut, a personal look at familial connections to forestry on February 4 at 7.30 p.m. and, on February 6 at 2 p.m., Robert Guest tells stories from his time spent working on forest-fire lookout towers in Alberta.


Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain presents “What I see each moment I’ve never seen before,” an exhibition by Karilee Fuglem that pivots on visual subtlety, on February 6 from 3 p.m. “Video Fever,” the 2016 showcase of emerging video artists (including Colin Rosati, Maryna Makarenko, Trudy Erin Elmore and Michele Ayoub) screens on February 5 at 7 p.m. at Trinity Square Video. On February 4 at 7 p.m., Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art hosts an artist talk and opening for “Pechblende (prologue),” a solo exhibition by German artist Susanne Kriemann that combines archival materials, photo documents, literature and found objects to look at radioactivity and the body. Angell Gallery presents recent landscape paintings by Ottawa-based artist Gavin Lynch on February 5 at 7 p.m. As part of Black History Month, Wedge Curatorial Projects presents an archival project by Zun Lee that uses found African American Polaroid photographs to restore narrative, opening at the Gladstone Hotel February 5 at 7 p.m. with a panel discussion following on February 7 at 12 p.m. In conjunction with newly opened exhibition “Showroom,” the first part of a performance series curated by Life of a Craphead begins at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto on February 6 at 2 p.m. Pleasure Dome presents a retrospective of film and video works by New York artist Charles Atlas (detailed by Jon Davies in this publication) in a two-day event featuring screenings, talks and a book launch running on February 6 and 7.


Calgary-based artist Nicole Kelly Westman opens “Rose, Dear,” a solo exhibition featuring a film work made on location in the town of Wayne, Alberta, at Walter Phillips Gallery on February 10 at 6 p.m.

St. John’s

The Rooms hosts an opening reception February 5 at 7.30 p.m. for a series of their winter shows, including “Enter the Fog,” which features work by Maya Beaudry, Julia Feyrer, Tamara Henderson and Tiziana La Melia (and was included in our “20 Shows We Want to See in 2016”), “All day within the dreamy house” and more.

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