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Must-Sees This Week: May 2 to 8, 2013

There’s lots of great shows opening across the country this week. Here are our best bets.

David Hoffos fans are in for a treat this week; on May 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Esker Foundation is launching a new street-level project space with a site-specific two-channel video and mixed-media installation by the artist. Located in the windows of the Esker building on 9th Avenue, this work will be visible during the day, but optimized (like so much of Hoffos’s work) for after-dark viewing. In window spaces elsewhere in the city—namely Truck’s +15 vitrine at the Epcor Centre—emerging Alberta artists Brittney Bear Hat and Jennifer Tellier continue their weekly Thursday-evening drawing performances on the topic of what it means to call a colonized land home.

Unusual souvenirs will likely abound at “A Postcard from Victoria,” which begins today at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Curated by frequent Canadian Art contributor Michael Turner, the exhibition is inspired by a 1983 video by Robert Morin and Lorraine Dufour, and it includes an array of historic postcards from the 1900s through the 1940s of the Fairmont Empress Hotel, as well as specially commissioned postcards by Raymond Boisjoly, Geoffrey Farmer and Julia Feyrer. Also opening May 3 at 8 p.m. at the gallery is the touring show “Black Ice: David Blackwood’s Prints of Newfoundland,” full of the artist’s stark, expertly executed visions.

Tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., Division Gallery and Arsenal Toronto open a solo show of new work by prominent Winnipeg painter Wanda Koop. Oliver Husain’s “anti-architectural structures,” drawings and silk paintings also open at Susan Hobbs tonight from 7 to 9, accompanied by a video montage of found footage of condo “fly-throughs.” The past few decades have grown a new appreciation for the work of Jack Chambers; if you’re part of that movement, you may also want to check out a show of works by the artist at Loch Gallery, which began earlier today and closes May 15. Finally, UK scholar Griselda Pollock delivers a lecture “Is Feminism Just a Bad Memory?” at MOCCA on May 8 at 7 p.m. (BYO copy of Differencing the Canon if you want an autograph.)

Omer Fast’s film Continuity, which premiered at Documenta last summer, has its first day at the Musée d’art contemporain on May 8, with a talk by Fast at 7 p.m. on that same day. Earlier in the week, on May 4, Art Mûr opens a show of some new work by Karine Giboulo, David Ross Harper, and others. Giboulo’s sculptural works, which often take the form of unsettling dioramas, are inspired in this outing by events she saw or experienced while participating in the Space 118 residency in Mumbai.

Alex Da Corte has been called “an heir to the American school of pop,” and his upcoming show at Artspeak will likely do little to disprove that notion. “Bacon Brest,” which opens May 3 at 8 p.m., is based on a revised version of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and riffs on the idea that that Hollywood is both fantastical and fallible. Da Corte is also known for found-object sculptures and has shown at MoMA and the Hammer Museum; it should be interesting to see what kinds of works he wrests out of this Tinseltown premise. Artist talk is slated for May 4 at 2 p.m.

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