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Must-Sees This Week: February 9 to 15, 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.


This week sees multiple group exhibitions opening in Toronto. “Incidental Proximities,” featuring works by Kristina Guison and Naomi Dodds, opens February 9 at Bunker 2—a contemporary art space located in a Canadian Armed Forces shipping container. On February 9 from 7 to 10 p.m., OCAD U Student Gallery hosts a reception for “The Un-Othered Body,” which features works by Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Jenny Cheng, Karina Iskandarsjah, Mariam Magsi, Oreka James and Tau Lewis that deal with issues of class, race and gender. On February 11, Ingram Gallery opens a group show of printmaking.

MKG127 presents an exhibition of new work by Micah Adams that will appeal to the numismatics among us (the work examines the iconography of coins), opening February 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. Nathaniel Brunt’s “#shaheed” opens on February 10 at Contact Gallery with a reception on February 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Towards presents the opening reception of Ted Gahl’s “Lights” on February 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., with an artist talk on February 11 at 2 p.m. “как всегда / As Always,” a second solo exhibition and video and installation project by Toronto-based artist Felix Kalmenson, examines migration before political collapse, and opens at Pari Nadimi Gallery on February 9, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Also, don’t miss a talk with artist Javier Téllez, moderated by Power Plant director Gaëtane Verna, at 7:30 p.m. on February 9 at Prefix ICA.


On February 9 at 7 p.m., the McMaster Museum of Art presents the panel discussion “How Far We’ve Come: Reflections on the Resonance of Indigenous Art from the 1980s.” Panellists include Richard William Hill, who contributes regularly to a column here at Canadian Art, Tom Hill and Gerald McMaster. Also opening this week, on February 10 at the Assembly, is Nancy Anne McPhee’s “Still Life with Flowers.”

Thunder Bay

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery presents an artist talk by Elizabeth Buset on February 9 at 7:30 p.m.—she will discuss her ongoing exhibition “Swine.”


This week sees the opening reception of the winter/spring exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Windsor. These include “Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity/Photography from the Wedge Collection,” a major exhibition that explores the experiences of African Canadians through contemporary photography, “Local Matters: May Celestino, Elio Del Col, Adele Duck, Zeke Moores and Tony Mosna” and Suzy Lake’s “Suzy Lake: Performing an Archive.” The reception will begin at 7 p.m. on February 10, and Lake will also lead an exhibition tour on February 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


As part of its ongoing “Moving Images” exhibition, Gallery 1C03 will bring together artists Jaimie Isaac, Niki Little, Jenny Western, Danishka Esterhazy and Freya Björg Olafson for a panel discussion titled “Unravelling the braids of colonialism, gender, and the body,” moderated by Julie Nagam, on February 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion, focusing on colonial roots of violence against women, and the performance of gender, will take place in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg.


“Raven Visiting,” an exhibition of rare graphic work by Haida artist Don Yeomans, opens on February 11 at Alcheringa Gallery.


Access Gallery hosts the opening reception for “A Terrible Signal,” which looks at the notion of darkness through works by Megan Hepburn, Daniel Phillips, M.E. Sparks, Carolyn Stockbridge and Joseph Strohan, on February 10 at 7 p.m. On February 10 from 6 p.m., Kimoto Gallery presents the opening receptions for “+Plus” by Michael Soltis and “Convergence” by Yorke Graham.

At 221A, Mark Delong and Antoni Oko launch their yearly collaborative calendar on February 11 at 2 p.m. Later that evening at 5 p.m., 221A hosts a film screening that takes up the notion of reality in a post-truth era of “alternative facts,” with work by Neïl Beloufa, Meriem Bennani, Mamali Shafahi and others. “This Now, More Than Ever” brings together work by a large range of local and international artists and writers, who were asked to respond to the question: “What is this new moment?” See Dana Claxton, Marina Roy, Carol Sawyer and Amir Atouani’s responses, among many others, at SFU Gallery beginning February 9.


This week sees two major Black History Month events hosted by the Reach Gallery Museum. At 6:30 p.m. on February 9, the panel discussion “A Look Inwards to Make Change Outwards” features both readings and dialogue with Marc Forcier, Danica Jelene Denommé, Youeal Abera, Michelle Ndizeye and Holly Bishu. Also visit the Reach on February 11 for the “Black History Month Event” from 1 to 4 p.m.


“Monitor,” a video-installation project by UBC Okanagan BFA students that addresses Internet surveillance, opens February 11 at the Kelowna Art Gallery.


At 6 p.m. on February 10, Hermes presents the opening reception for Barbara Lounder’s “Cord,” with a performance featuring Asher Christiansen and Lewis Van Wart starting at 7 p.m.

New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Museum presents “The NBM Archives Talk – Sweets for my Sweet” on February 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


On February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m., Peter Robertson Gallery presents the opening reception for Guiseppe Albi’s “Acrilico Acrylic Acrylique” with on artist talk at 4 p.m. on February 11.


Jarvis Hall Gallery presents the opening reception for “What’s Next,” a group show featuring Robin Arseneault, Mark Dicey, David Foxcroft, Tyler Los-Jones, Rachel Macfarlane, Billy McCarroll, Wil Murray, Bill Rodgers, Marigold Santos, Larissa Tiggelers and Dan Whiting on February 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. On February 9, the Esker Foundation hosts the screenings of two films centred on life and art in the Arctic. At 7 p.m., Kinngait: Riding Light into the World examines the complex relationship between artists and their support systems in Cape Dorset while at 8 p.m., Ghost Noise illuminates the work and world of artist Shuvinai Ashoona.

Nickle Gallery hosts two talks this week focusing on their ongoing exhibitions. On February 9 at 12 p.m., a talk by Dr. Anuradha Gob corresponds to the show “John Hall: Travelling Light, A Forty Year Survey of Painting.” At 6 p.m., at panel consisting of Michele Hardy, Mackenzie Kelly-Frère and Jennifer Salahub will discuss the relationship between rugs and contemporary art in conjunction with exhibition “Home Economics: 150 Years of Hooked Rugs in Canada.”


On February 9, Battat Contemporary hosts a reception for Tess Roby’s “In View,” a series of photographs that abstract the landscape of the city, from 6:30 p.m. onward. Galerie Dominique Bouffard presents Eddy Firmin aka Ano’s “Egoportrait or the wandering of birds,” opening February 9 at 5 p.m. An artist talk for the exhibition “Conceived in Colour” at Galerie McClure will begin at 7 p.m. on February 9.


Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, based on the Oka Crisis and the resistance by Mohawk communities in Quebec in 1990, will have a free screening sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery on February 14 at 12 p.m.


The results of a two-year partnership between the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Embassy of the Czech Republic, “First Meeting: Jessica Auer & Markéta Hlinovská” which will go on view at Gallery 17/18 (inside the embassy) on February 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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