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Must-Sees This Week: March 17 to 23, 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.)


Oakville Galleries opens their spring exhibitions on March 20, beginning with Berlin artist Aleksandra Domanović’s show, “Mother of This Domain,” in Centennial Square at 2 p.m. and Glasgow-based Canadian artist Corin Sworn’s exhibition in Gairloch Gardens at 3:30 p.m.

Quebec City

As part of an exchange residency between Quebec City and Bangkok, VU Photo opens an exhibition of photographic work March 19 at 2 p.m. by Renaud Phillipe and Marc-André Jesus made during their time in Thailand this past fall, and Thai artists Miti Ruangkritya and Charinthorn Rachurutchata present work made during their residency at VU Photo.


Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies hosts its annual Chiniki Lecture, this year on Indigenous Women in Narratives and Film, on March 19 at 1 p.m. The lecture will feature Dr. Elise Marubbio, who will present Killing the Indian Maiden, and Dr. Sarah Carter, who will present Capturing Women.


In “Disrupt Archive” at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Dayna Danger and Cecilia Kavara Verran look at objects from Indigenous nations that have been institutionalized, de-contextualized and commodified, opening on March 18 at 6 p.m. followed by an artist talk. Serge Tousignant’s new abstract work looks at geometry and colour, and opens at Galerie Graff on March 17 at 5 p.m. Darling Foundry opens two new exhibitions on March 17 at 5 p.m.: Lorna Bauer’s documentary work, shot in Paris, and part of Marie-Michelle Deschamps’s ongoing conversation with American writer Louis Wolfson. On March 19 from 2 until 5 p.m., a participatory, discussion-based workshop presented by the Groupe de lecture critique sur les pratiques administratives runs at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery.


This is the last week to catch “On the Table,” the Dunlop Art Gallery‘s food-themed exhibition, and there are several events worth participating in. On March 18 between 4 and 5 p.m., drop by for a drink served by Dean Baldwin’s Formerly Good Time Charley’s, a bar/installation that pays homage to some legendary, but now defunct, Regina watering holes. On March 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., join artist Basil AlZeri at the gallery as he prepares a meal in his Mobile Kitchen Lab and discusses connections between art and life. And on March 23 between 1 and 2 p.m., participate in PopStars—a collaboration between artist Emilie Baltz and composer Dan Deacon that features microphone-shaped popsicles that play music when licked.


“Mapping Identity: A Decolonizing Arts Practices Project,” which opens at Urban Shaman Contemporary on March 18 at 6:30 p.m., exhibits the process and artworks resulting from a youth art workshop led by Columbian Mestiza artist Praba Pilar. Plug In ICA showcases the short film Windjarrameru, the Stealing C*nt$, which poignantly looks at the clash of cultures under colonialism and was created by Australian Indigenous film collective Karrabing, on March 20 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.


McIntosh Gallery opens two exhibitions on March 18 with receptions at 8 p.m.: a show by Kim Moodie, who is showing photography and video in departure from his painting and drawing practice, and a group exhibition of Canadian women artists of the late 19th century and early 20th century.


SAW Gallery and Axenéo7 co-present “Costume National,” an exhibition of work by seven leading Indonesian artists including robotics, sculpture, performance and textiles, opening at SAW on March 16 at 7 p.m. and at Axenéo7 on March 17 at 7 p.m. “Un/Natural,” a solo exhibition of Tammy Salzl’s large-scale oil paintings that delve into identity and mythology, opens at Gallery 101 on March 18 at 7 p.m. followed by a roundtable discussion. Artist Jaime Koebel hosts a walking tour departing from the Ottawa Art Gallery on March 19 at 2 p.m. “Full Catastrophe,” opening at Karsh-Masson Gallery on March 17 at 7.30 p.m., brings seven artists together to look at disaster.


Evann Siebens presents a performance at Wil Aballe Art Projects on March 19 at 5.30 p.m. in conjunction with her exhibition that grapples with taking a multidisciplinary approach to dance. Ciara Phillips turns Western Front into site of production and exhibition with an installation that will also serve as a studio for screen-printing works in collaboration with local children; her show opens March 17 at 7 p.m., while thrice-weekly workshops for kids begin on March 22. Joseph Staples gives an artist talk at Gallery 295 on March 19 at 1 p.m. in conjunction with his current show of scaled work (made with the material Rubylith). Adad Hannah’s new exhibition, “Case Studies” re-stages studies of the human body from Edweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion plates; Hannah’s new iterations will be shown alongside Muybridge’s work at Equinox Gallery, opening on March 19 from 2 p.m.


Dc3 Art Projects hosts an opening reception for three large-scale installations by Ruth Cuthand, Amalie Atkins and Cindy Baker, female artists from the Prairies, on March 18 at 7 p.m.

North Bay

“Recast,” an exhibition curated by Lisa Myers and previously shown at Toronto’s Gallery 44, brings together Christian Chapman’s video collaboration and Bev Koski’s photographs of tourist kitsch figurines covered with beadwork, and opens at White Water Gallery on March 18 at 7 p.m., with beading workshops run by Koski from March 16 to 18 and an artist talk on March 18 at 11:30 a.m.


At G Gallery, Kara Hamilton showcases work that stems from jewellery in “Wane Awareless & Lifted,” opening March 18 at 7 p.m. Mary Grisey, the recent subject of a Canadian Art studio visit, opens a sculpture and sound installation, Cloth Dripping, at Xpace Cultural Centre on March 18 at 7 p.m. alongside work by Maya Ben David and the group show “Vulgar Era,” which parses the digital impact on contemporary life. Past RBC Painting Competition winner Dil Hildebrand opens new collages and paintings at Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain on March 19 from 3 p.m. The Art Museum at the University of Toronto presents “Objects Lie on a Table,” a group exhibition pulling from Gertrude Stein’s 1922 play of the same name on March 18 at 6 p.m. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s major photography exhibition, “Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s,” which opened last week and includes work by Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank, features two screenings on March 18 by George Kuchar and Arthur Ginsberg with an introduction by co-curator Jim Shedden. Northern Irish artist Aaron Moore has his first solo exhibition of photographic work “The Cusp & The Middle,” which looks at the space between here and his home, at the Pendulum Project on March 17 at 7 p.m. Diane Landry opens a show at Barbara Edwards Contemporary on March 18 at 6 p.m. followed by a talk with Gary Michael Dault on March 19 at 2 p.m.


Artist Laura Vickerson gives an artist talk at Nickle Galleries on March 17. Marigold Santos’s “Invisible Mother,” which explores a Filipino folkloric character who severs limbs, opens at Stride Art Gallery on March 18 at 8 p.m.


Vincent Dion talks about the field of art conservation, and the particularly difficult task of preserving contemporary art, at the at Grimsby Public Art Gallery on March 18 at 7 p.m.

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