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Must-Sees This Week: March 26 to April 1, 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.)


“Ideas and Things” is a purposely vague exhibition title—it could hide any number of sins, but the show opening at Kamloops Art Gallery looks rigorously considered. Featuring Jen Aitken, Kelly Lycan, Hadley and Maxwell, Mark Neufeld and Derek Sullivan, the exhibition opens with an artists’ and curator’s tour followed by a reception on March 28 at 5:30 p.m.


Cameroonian painter Barthélémy Toguo begins his solo exhibition at Gallery Samuel Lallouz with a performance on March 31 at 5:30 p.m. Chloe Wise opens a solo show, “pissing, schmoozing, and looking away” (the title is quoting Lauren Berlant), at Division Gallery on March 26 at 4 p.m. At the Joyce Yahouda Gallery on March 28 at 4 p.m., Moridja Kitenge picks up questions of colonialism in Canadian history in “Bank of Canada” alongside a show of Nathalie Rodach’s work. At the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Max and Iris Stern International Symposium, which runs March 27–28, investigates the history and stories behind works of art and the reinvention of objects.


Beginning on March 30, Alyssa Ellis will turn Truck Gallery’s window space into a “laboratory fit to cultivate and document the process of growing toxic botanicals.” A closing reception and book launch on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Untitled Art Society celebrates the collaborative works of Jason de Haan and Warren McLachlan, which have been on view in “Sisters.”


Two exhibitions open at Oakville Galleries on March 29 at 2:30 p.m. Toronto artist Roula Partheniou has her first museum exhibition in “House & Home & Garden,” which focuses on installations that elevate mundanity through organizational structure. In “Not a new world, just an old trick,” Samuel Roy-Bois leverages another frequently overlooked topic: built structures and the definition of space. An ARTBus will head to the gallery on March 29 between 12 and 5 p.m. (The bus is making stops in Toronto and Mississauga, as well.)


An exhibition shedding light on the history of Kabuki, the Japanese dance-drama that emerged in the seventeenth century, opens at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on March 26.


A symposium on March 27, beginning at 1 p.m., at the Liu Institute for Global Issues takes up issues related to spatial politics and the city, building off the current exhibition of Tom Burrows’s work at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Artist Landon Mackenzie leads a tour of her exhibition, which puts her recent paintings into dialogue with the work of Emily Carr, at the Vancouver Art Gallery on March 31 at 6 p.m. The photography of Patryk Stasieczek goes on view at Field Contemporary on March 26 at 7 p.m. David Hartt—who was shortlisted for the Aimia Prize last year—has a solo show at Or Gallery that opens on March 27 at 8 p.m.


David Kavish will open a multi-media installation exhibition titled “Subtle Emergences” at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art on March 27.


Stephanie Weirathmueller’s quiet, meditative paintings open at Gallery 78 in “Bedroom Paintings” on March 27.


Verne Harrison, of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph, heads to the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery to give a talk about the current exhibition, “Two Views: Canada’s North,” focusing on his personal experiences in Bakers Lake. The talk begins on March 26 at 7 p.m.


SNAP are recklessly promoting drinking and drawing again with another instalment of their popular event series. Rumour has it there will also be a giant Connect-the-Dots game. The event is strictly BYODS (bring your own drawing supplies), and begins at 8 p.m. on March 28.


The upcoming week makes a good case for spreading out events—it would be humanly impossible to attend all of these, but you can give it the old college try. Valérie Blass’s confounding sculpture opens at Daniel Faria Gallery on March 26 at 6 p.m. Joshua Abelow and Bjorn Copeland’s work gets a showing at Cooper Cole beginning March 26. At Diaz Contemporary, beginning on March 26 at 6 p.m., Robert Youds toys with optical consciousness and Elspeth Pratt presents sculpture.

The Ryerson Image Centre presents new photograph historians in a symposium that runs March 26–28. At Katzman Contemporary Janet Jones and VSVSVS open shows on March 27 at 6 p.m. The geometric paintings of Bradley Harms go on view at Angell Gallery alongside Vessna Perunovich’s ceramic installations on March 27 at 6 p.m. At Gallery 44, Fiona Annis reflects on the astronomical while Steve Kean sheds light on disability beginning March 27 at 6 p.m. Also opening at the 401 Richmond on March 27 is Postcommodity‘s show at A Space Gallery, “A Non-Place in A Space.”

At Paul Petro Contemporary Art, the photographic work of Vancouver-based Ho Tam opens on March 27 at 7 p.m. The Art Gallery of Ontario opens a symposium in conjunction with their Basquiat exhibition at 10 a.m. on March 28. At Narwhal Projects, Souther Salazar’s whimsical painting and sculpture opens on March 28 at 2 p.m. Mark Clintberg has a solo show, “Vitrine,” at Centre Space that opens at 3 p.m. on March 28.

Finally, we would be remiss to overlook the Reel Artists Film Festival. There are screenings throughout the weekend of documentaries focusing on enterprising forgers and eccentric patrons, and panels with luminaries including Blake Gopnik and John Ralston Saul.

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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