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Must-Sees This Week: March 19 to 25, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder for worthwhile shows that are already open.)

Vancouver and Burnaby

Two openings hit Vancouver on March 19: Scott Billings at Wil Aballe Art Projects (7 to 9 p.m.) and Yedda Morrison at Republic Gallery (6 to 8 p.m.). On March 20, Milan-based duo Invernomuto bring their work to Artspeak, presenting the next installment of their multimedia Negus series that looks, in part, at histories of Italian colonialism (8 p.m.). Also on March 20, Myfanwy MacLeod’s new exhibition “Tell Her Nothing She Tells All” opens at Catriona Jeffries (7 p.m.). On March 21, part three of the multipart abstraction exhibition “The Geometry of Knowing” opens at SFU Gallery in Burnaby. (Part four opened recently and is on view at Vancouver’s Audain Gallery.)


Open Space’s annual Voice++ Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, exploring “the human voice and its intersection with sound and music.” The festival runs March 19 to 23, with visiting national and international artists Tomomi Adachi, Janice Jackson and Erik Bünger performing through the weekend.


Painter Dil Hildebrand and video artist Nelson Henricks open new work at Pierre-Francois Ouellette art contemporain on March 19 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. On March 21 at 2 p.m., renowned Serbian painter Vladimir Velickovic unveils a new suite of works at 1700 La Poste.


MSVU Art Gallery and and Dalhousie Art Gallery co-host the first part of this 27-year survey of multimedia artist Geneviève Cadieux, curated by Vincent Bonin and titled, “Here you may see the best portrait that, later, I was able to make of him. Passages to Abstraction.” Opening receptions and tours with the artist and curator begin March 21 at 2 p.m. at MSVU Art Gallery, and travel to the Dalhousie Art Gallery at 4 p.m.


“Inside the Collection” is a new exhibition at Cape Breton University Art Gallery presenting highlights of the nearly 2000 works in the gallery’s permanent collection. Opens March 20 at 6 p.m.


On March 21 at 2 p.m., Wiisaakodewini artist Dylan Miner hosts “The Elders Say We Don’t Visit Anymore” at the Art Gallery of Windsor, a tea-and-talk meant to encourage conversation, community and new encounters. On March 25 at 5:30 p.m., curator Srimoyee Mitra leads a tour of the exhibition “Border Cultures: Part Three (security, surveillance).”


As part of the McMaster Museum of Art exhibition “This is Me, This is Also Me,” Toronto artist Deanna Bowen speaks on March 19 at 12:30 p.m. about her video sum of the parts: what can be named (2010), which “disremembers” her family history. Later in the week at McMaster, on March 24 at 12:30 p.m., Calgary painter Chris Cran gives an artist talk as part of the exhibition “It’s My Vault.”


New media artist David Rokeby speaks at Western University March 19 at 7 p.m., followed by an opening for his interactive, decades-in-the-making installation Very Nervous System at the McIntosh Gallery at 8 p.m. Opening concurrently at the McIntosh Gallery: “Primary Forces” by Australian-born painter Maurice Stubbs.


At the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Brendan Fernandes opens a new exhibition, “The Foot Made,” highlighting his recent durational performances informed by the language of dance but focused on ideas of stillness. Fernandes gives an artist talk on March 20 at 7 p.m., followed by a reception from 8 to 10 p.m., also the closing reception for An Te Liu’s “In Absentia.”


The University of Guelph’s School of Fine Arts and Music’s ninth-annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art is by Toronto artist Michael Snow, March 25 at 6 p.m. The lecture is preceded (3 to 5 p.m.) and followed (7:30 to 9 p.m.) by MFA open studios throughout the campus.


The Maclaren Art Centre opens Dominique Rey’s “Under the Rose Arch,” which documents a disappearing order of Catholic nuns, alongside Joseph Hartman’s Return series, March 19, 7 to 9 p.m.


On March 19, Jennifer Murphy and Eli Langer open at Clint Roenisch (6 to 10 p.m.) and the group show “Like a Statue,” curated by Stefan Hancherow and Jennifer Simaitis, opens at Georgia Scherman Projects (6 to 8 p.m.). Julie M. Gallery also opens a show of Carly Butler‘s work on March 19. On March 20, John Marriott opens at MKG127 (2 to 5 p.m.) and Robert Murray opens at Barbara Edwards Contemporary (6 to 9 p.m.) with, on March 21, an artist conversation with John Lippincott at 2 p.m. On March 24, Stephen Bulger Gallery opens a group show celebrating their 20th anniversary, and Mercer Union hosts the latest installment of their Forum Series, with Suhail Malik and Nick Srnicek speaking on the topic of “What Can Art Do for Post-Capitalism?” (7 p.m.). On March 25 at 7:30 p.m., the duo Nothing To See Here (artists Christina Battle and Adán de la Garza) present a screening series through Pleasure Dome entitled LOUD!!!—featuring works by Deco Dawson, Kyle Kessler, Pussy Riot and more about the power of sound (Tallulah’s Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre).

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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