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Must-Sees This Week: May 25 to 31, 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 more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.


“for the time being,” the 10th Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, opens this week on May 27 at the Art Gallery of Alberta with the second instalment opening at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff next month. The exhibition features new work by Alberta-based artists including Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, Mark Clintberg, Jay Mosher and Nicole Kelly Westman, among many others, exploring concepts of liminality between physical and virtual locations.

Also on this week in Edmonton, Peter Robertson Gallery hosts the opening reception for Tim Okamura’s “Begin Transmission” on May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Okamura will also give on artist talk on May 27 at 4 p.m. Kim Atlin’s “where the lines are drawn” opens at Bugera Matheson Gallery on May 26.


On May 27 from 6 to 10 p.m., the Esker Foundation hosts the opening reception for “Jason de Haan: Oh for eyes! At night we dream of eyes!.” Also on at the Esker, artist Laura Dutton discusses her ongoing exhibition “Night Comes On” on May 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. The New Gallery hosts the opening reception for Tammy McGrath’s “Adagio in G Minor: A Lullaby” on May 27 at 8 p.m. May 27 also marks the last day of Adrian Stimson‘s durational performance TRENCH: 50° 50′ 3″ N 113° 4′ 22″ W presented by Founders Gallery.

Vancouver and Area

The Audain Gallery at SFU presents “Maps and Dreams,” featuring works by Jack Askoty, Brittney and Richelle Bear Hat, Jennifer Bowes, Brenda Draney, Emilie Mattson, Karl Mattson, Garry Oker and Peter von Tiesenhausen, co-curated by Brian Jungen, on May 31 with an artist talk from 4 to 5 p.m. followed by an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Presentation House Gallery and the Cinematheque co-present Los Angeles–based artist Ed Ruscha’s three films, The Books of Ed Ruscha (1968-9), Premium (1971), and Miracle (1975), at the Cinematheque on May 31 at 7 p.m.

Catriona Jeffries hosts the opening reception for a group exhibition featuring Elizabeth McIntosh, Monique Mouton and Silke Otto-Knapp on May 25 beginning at 6 p.m. On May 25 from 7 to 10 p.m., the Burrard Arts Foundation presents an opening reception for two exhibitions: “A Third Thing” with work by Richard Clements and “The Mislooked” by Dion Kliner. grunt gallery hosts the book launch for Hans Winkler and T’uy’t-tanat Cease Wyss‘ Journey to Kaho’olawe on May 25 at 7 p.m.  Curator Grant Arnold will give a tour of the current exhibition “Pictures from Here” at the Vancouver Art Gallery on May 27 at 3 p.m. with certain artists in attendance.

New Media Gallery presents a talk by Laing Brown about collecting contemporary art at the Anvil Theatre on May 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.  As part of the ongoing “The Foreshore” series, Access Gallery presents a talk by Cynthia Brooke and Kristina Lee Podesva on May 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.


The Nanaimo Art Gallery presents a pop-up exhibition “What does it mean to live on an Island?,” featuring products from a workshop series alongside works by Carole Reid, Russ Morland, Jennifer Van de Pol and Yvonne Vander Kooi, with an opening reception May 26 at 7 p.m.


A Space Gallery partners with Trinity Square Video to co-present “In Solidarity,” a two-person exhibition by  Malinda Francis and  Rehab Nazzal, with a reception on May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. On May 26, Barbara Edwards Contemporary hosts the opening reception for “Ray Mead: Orange Field” from 6 to 9 p.m. Cooper Cole also opens two exhibitions this week, Bjorn Copeland’s “Extra Medium” and Nikki Woolsey’s “Daily Luge,” with a reception on May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. Also on May 26, the Art Gallery of Ontario presents a screening of Georgia O’Keeffe (1970) from 7 to 9 p.m., alongside the current exhibition “Georgia O’Keeffe.”

On May 27, MKG127 hosts the opening reception for Bill Burns’ “The Bill Burns Show (Part 3)” from 2 to 5 p.m. Meera Margaret Singh will deliver an artist talk at Zalucky Contemporary alongside her current exhibition “Jardim” on May 27 at 3 p.m. John Eisler’s “Atlas” opens at Richard Rhodes Dupont Projects on May 27 with a reception from 12 to 5 p.m.

As part of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s conference “Performing the Anthropocene: Setting the Stage for the End of the World,” running from May 27 to 30, “Music in the Barns” will feature a series of performances with notable multi-room installations in the historic Great Hall and interventions in High Park.

As part of the ongoing exhibition “What does one do with such a clairvoyant image?” at Trinity Square Video and Gallery 44, Art Metropole’s Nasrin Himada and exhibition co-curator Jayne Wilkinson will read from artist Martine Syms’s The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto, followed by a discussion, on May 31 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mercer Union closes Jumana Manna‘s solo exhibition featuring short film A magical substance flows into me (2015) on May 27.

“Life Disrupted,” a group exhibition featuring Elham Hazfi, Irit Epstein and Lina Faroussi, opens at Gallery 1313 on May 25, with a reception from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Red Head Gallery presents the opening reception for Leah Garnett’s “Room for Unknowning” on May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Two solo exhibitions open at Platform on May 26 with an opening reception from 8 to 11 p.m.: Alvin Luong’s “Soft and Precious,” with an artist talk at 7 p.m., and Jeremy Pavka’s “Bow Tie Daddy Dontcha Blow Your Top.” Plug In ICA presents an artist talk by Abbas Akhavan at the former Globe Cinema on May 25 at 7 p.m. Also on this week, Urban Shaman hosts the book launch for Lita Fontaine’s Saηksaηnića on May 27 at 3 p.m.


On May 26, from 7 to 10 p.m., Artspace hosts the opening reception for Dylan Miner’s “Waawaashkeshi //Aanikoobijigan,” exploring concepts of family, history and Indigenous rights.


Montreal Museums Day on May 28 once again brings free admission to a variety of museums in the city, including the Musée des beaux-arts and the Musée d’art contemporain. Free shuttle buses also run between the venues all day. As part of that bigger event, Galerie de l’UQAM presents “Critiques, résistances et utopies,” featuring work by the Guerilla Girls alongside current exhibitions by Gilberto Esparaza and Charles-Antoine Blais Métivier, on May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Galerie Graff opens “Les derniers caprices,” a posthumous exhibition of work by Alain Laframboise, with a reception on My 25 beginning at 5 p.m.“No Parks?”—a debate on the ethics of public spaces— is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Architecture on May 25 at 7 p.m. Also at the CCA this week, the exhibition “Educating Architects,” featuring archival material from the recently donated Kenneth Frampton Fonds, opens with a reception on May 31 at 6:30. Dare-Dare launches a new year of programming with an opening featuring artists John Boyle-Singfield, Amélie Brindamour, Guillaume La Brie, Martine Lauzier, Marion Lessard, Claire Moeder and Giorgia Volpe, on May 27 at 4 p.m.

“Neurocraft,” an exhibition of contemporary art related to neuroscience, opens May 27 at Visual Voice Gallery.


On May 27, MSVU Art Gallery hosts a discussion between Susan McEachern and Wilma Needham on the current exhibition “Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective.”

St. John’s

The Dayroom presents the closing reception for “The ordinary place is sufficient,” featuring works by Stephanie Weirathamueller and D’Arcy Wilson, on May 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.


Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen hosts the opening reception and presentation for Roméo Savoie’s “CERA ALBA: L’alliage de l’éphémère à l’éternel,” on May 31 at 5 p.m.


“Gretzky is Everywhere,” a multi-site project featuring an iconic image of hockey player Wayne Gretzky by Andy Warhol, opens at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery on May 27.

Prince Albert

On May 26, Mann Art Gallery opens George Glenn’s “Redefinition” with a conversation between the artist and curator beginning at 7 p.m.

St. Catharines

“Afterimage,” a group show featuring John Noestheden, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Gayle Young, opens at Rodman Hall Art Centre at Brock University on May 27 with a reception beginning at 2 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Windsor hosts the opening reception for their spring/summer exhibitions on May 26 from 7 to 10 p.m.: “ The Sandwich Project,” an exploration of food, history and place by IAIN BAXTER& and “Charles Pachter: The Cranbrook Years,” featuring collaborations between the artist and author Margaret Atwood.


Manon Lambrose’s “du BIC” opens at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill with a reception on May 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. “The Last Picture Show,” the last exhibition to be held at SAW Gallery’s current space, features works by Frank Cole, Rehab Nazzal, Donna James,and Bear Witness, among others, and opens on May 26 with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m.


On May 25, DNA Artspace hosts the opening reception from Kim Neudorf’s “roll and rot” from 7 to 10 p.m. Museum London hosts a public opening reception on May 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. for their current exhibitions “Sparrow Night: Artists Working with Light,” “Sounds Assembling: Communication and the Art of Noise” and “Air Waves: Radio and TV in London.”

North Bay

This is the final week to view Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing’s second annual PhotoVOICE, “Myth Takes,” an exhibition featuring works by five artists challenging myths about sexual assault, closing on May 27 at White Water Gallery.


Cambridge Art Galleries/Idea Exchange presents the opening for “Waterloo Architecture in Venice,” addressing five exhibitions representing Canadian architecture in previous iterations of the Venice Biennale of Architecture, on May 29 at 6:30 p.m.


“Ready Player Two,” a collaborative project between Sonny Assu and Brendan Tang, opens at The Reach on May 25 at 7 p.m. Also opening are the exhibitions “Erika Walker: The Great Experiment” and “Jim Adams: The Irretrievable Moment.”

Prince George

Don’t miss  the inaugural exhibition “Disturbances in the Field,” featuring work by Annerose Georgeson, Bill Horne, Andrew Maize, Jennifer Annaïs Pighin, Perry Rath and the RR7@Crysdale Crossing Collective, ending this week with a closing reception on May 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at emerging artist-run project Far Afield.


Verticale presents “Habitat COMMODORE,” a performance and installation by Stéphanie Nuckle, which opens with a participatory performance on May 26 beginning at 4:30.

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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