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Must-Sees This Week: May 3 to 9, 2018

Indigenous sisterhood is at the forefront of this year's BACA biennial, which opens in Montreal. Plus: the ADAC Calgary Gallery Hop and a powerful performance at dc3 in Edmonton

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.


The Biennale d’Art Contemporain Autochtone (BACA) officially kicks off today, May 3, across different venues in the Montreal area. This is BACA’s fourth edition and this year’s iteration was created in partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective-Collectif des Commissaires Autochtones (ACC-CCA). Co-curated by Niki Little and Becca Taylor, this year’s expansive exhibition is titled “níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | ma sœur | my sister,” which highlights the concept of sisterhood in the work of 45 Indigenous women-identified and non-binary artists. The exhibition will be shown across Art Mûr, La Guilde, the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts and the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe-Claire, with the McCord Museum hosting a film screening and a roundtable as part of the exhibition’s programming. Featured artists include Shuvinai Ashoona, Caroline Monnet, Skawennati, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Chief Lady Bird, Dayna Danger, Raven Davis, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Shelley Niro, Jeneen Frei Njootli, Joi T. Arcand, Amy Malbeuf and Angela Hovak Johnston, among many others.

Meanwhile, Adam Basanta’s exhibition “All We’d Ever Need is One Another / Tout ce dont nous aurons besoin est l’un et l’autre” opens at ELLEPHANT on May 4. In this show, the artist creates an installation featuring self-generating scanning methods that produce images independently from humans. Elsewhere, Galerie D’Este presents Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell’s “Lueur de minuit / Midnight Glow” on May 3, where she places her own spin on the still-life tradition.

Over at Galerie AVE, Marc Knowles’s “Hard Edge World” debuts on May 9, featuring the artist’s signature experimentations with poured paint, often to psychedelic and futuristic effect. TAP Art Space presents its inaugural exhibition “The State Of Our Employability,” featuring artists Marcela Borquez and Raul Aguilar on May 4. Taking a personal approach, this exhibition departs from Neo-Marxist theories to contemplate the current conceptualizing of work.



dc3 Art Projects presents two new solo exhibitions this week: Cindy Baker’s “Crash Pad” and Zachari Logan’s “Naked Animals: Selected Bodies 2008–2018.” Considering the body and disability, Baker will activate a large sculptural bed in the shape of a single-pill blister pack with a series of durational performances throughout the length of the show. In Logan’s work, the artist also focuses on the body but in relation to ideas of masculinity and identity, highlighted in a 10-year series of the artist’s self-portraits. The exhibition will open with a performance by Baker on May 4 from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a reception.


The Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC) Calgary Gallery Hop takes place on May 5. This free event includes 10 galleries in its circuit: Jarvis Hall Gallery, Masters Gallery, Loch Gallery, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Newzones, Trépanier Baer Gallery and Wallace Galleries. Not to be missed while on the tour is “Vikky Alexander: Other Fantasies” at Trépanier Baer, which ends on this same day.

Elsewhere, “What is Money?” opens at the Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary on May 3. Curated by Marina Fischer with assistance from Justine Buchler, this exhibition features different types of money from the gallery’s collection, originating from numerous parts of the world.


More exhibitions launch this week as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Highlights include: the New Generation Photography Award exhibition featuring work by Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli at Onsite Gallery; the group show “seeping upwards, rupturing the surface” at the Art Gallery of Mississauga; Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme at A Space Gallery; Christina Battle’s “BAD STARS” at Trinity Square Video; Lee Henderson’s “To Step from Shadow Into the Warmth of the Sun” and Erin Siddall’s “Proving Ground: Nevada, Toronto” at Gallery 44; Trevor Paglen’s “Surveillance States” at Prefix ICA; Elizabeth Zvonar‘s “Ageless Ambiguity” at Daniel Faria Gallery; Laurie Kang’s “A Body Knots” at Gallery TPW; Shadi Harouni and Elise Rasmussen’s “With an instinct for justice” at the Doris McCarthy Gallery; Charlie Engman’s “Mom” at Scrap Metal; Lorna Bauer’s “The Hand of Mee” at Franz Kaka; and much, much more.

Also as part of CONTACT, Shelley Niro will give an artist talk on May 9 at 7 p.m. in link with her current exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Vtape presents the screening “Autotheory” on May 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. Curated by Lauren Fournier, the screening explores performance for video in relation to the concept of autotheory, and includes works by Hiba Ali, Madelyne Beckles, Thirza Cuthand, Andrew James Paterson, Evan Tyler, Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue and Martha Wilson.

Elsewhere, an exhibition of work by Tim Zuck opens at Barbara Edwards Contemporary on May 4. The opening reception for “STANCE: Design Against Fascism”—an exhibition presented in partnership with the Mayworks Festival of Working Peoples and the Arts featuring nine Toronto-based artists and designers—takes place on May 3 at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, a new series of photographs by Christine Flynn debuts in “SURF” at Parts Gallery on May 4.

The event “In My Mother Tongue: Poetry + Portraits” will be held on May 6 at Artscape Youngplace, presenting the culmination of collaborative work created by newcomer youth from different language communities and guest artists and poet mentors. The project will be presented in two collective performances from 3 to 4 p.m. and then 6 to 7 p.m.

North of the city, “Ghosts of Monsters” by Paola Poletto opens on May 9 at the Lower Gallery at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. In this two-series photographic installation, the artist explores the architecture of postwar homes in the Willowdale neighbourhood with a subsequent revisiting of these homes once they were sold and rebuilt to current market taste.

In closings, “Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing In Moderation” ends at the Art Gallery of Ontario on May 6.


Presented by the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Western Front hosts the talk “Curating Critical Pedagogies: A Curatorial Conversation” on May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. Join curators Binna Choi (Casco Art Institute), Galit Eilat (DAI, CCS Bard) and Simon Sheikh (Goldsmith’s, University of London) in a discussion of their work and research, moderated by Western Front’s Caitlin Jones.

Wil Aballe Art Projects presents Dan Starling’s “Sans Sans Soleil” on May 3 with a reception at 6 p.m. In this show, the artist presents a narrative video and drawings documenting a day’s observations. Elsewhere, Kimoto Gallery presents the exhibition “Homework” by Scott Sueme on May 8, featuring the artist’s latest series of paintings, mono-prints and installation work. Meanwhile, paintings by Simone Guo debut in “Melancholia Dreamland” at Art Beatus on May 4.

Over at Deer Lake Art Gallery in Burnaby, “Vue Point” by Susan Point opens on May 5.

In closings, the exhibition “These Hands” wraps at Western Front on May 5. On this last day, a discussion between the exhibition’s artists Laura Huertas Millán, Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill and Chandra Melting Tallow, moderated by curator Pablo de Ocampo, will take place at 2 p.m.


Museum London presents “Kelly Jazvac: Lamina Stamina” on May 5. Using remnants of commercial sign makers, Jazvac will here showcase her experimental pieces including a new site-specific work. Meanwhile, Susan Dobson’s “Slide Library” opens at the Michael Gibson Gallery on May 3. The exhibition features photographed documentation of two slide collections that are soon to be dismantled, sparking consideration on the nature of archives and their mediums.


An opening reception for “organic”—which features Chantal Dupas’s botanical watercolours and Tess Michalik’s floral paintings—will be held on May 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Later during the week, Hannah Doucet gives a lecture about her work on May 7 at 8 p.m. at the Winnipeg Cinematheque, presented by PLATFORM Centre.

“Gut Feeling” by Brian Hunter launches at the Library Gallery on May 4 while over at Martha Street Studio, the solo show “PARK” by Derek Dunlop also opens on this day, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dunlop will give a talk about his work the following day on May 5 at 3 p.m.


AKA artist-run launch the project Locals Only with Kevin Wesaquate and Jordan Schwab on May 5. The day launch will include: a workshop with Wesaquate and Alex Allery about the implementation of an Indigenous food source—misaskwatomina (Saskatoon berry shrub)—in an urban setting; the unveiling of Schwab’s mobile art and food carts, which will be used to bring youth-led projects and share foods in the city’s neighbourhoods; followed by an official opening and BBQ in the evening.


“The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs” opens on May 4 at the National Gallery of Canada, showcasing works from the Canadian Photography Institute’s collection. Later on May 5, the NGC presents a discussion with Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli—the winners of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award—about their respective practices. The talk will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.
Over at Possible Worlds, new drawings by Brie Moreno celebrating “superheroines” in psychedelic style debut in “Rub” on May 4. A reception will be held on opening day at 7 p.m.


“In Place” by Gerard McNeil opens at Corridor Gallery on May 3. In this show, McNeil presents photographs, linocuts and hand-drawn memory maps that explore notions of place and location.



The Assembly presents John Haney’s work in the multimedia exhibition “The Angel of History” on May 4. An opening reception will be held later on May 9 at 6 p.m.


The next Ad Hoc Art Committee-organized art crawl takes place throughout the city on May 4. Openings included in the tour are David Miller’s “Crystal Archive” at Evans Contemporary, Connie Van Rijn’s work at STAR X, Gwyneth Fischer at Coeur Nouveau, the 50/50 Preview at Artspace, and much more.


New work by Scott Pattinson debuts at the Oeno Gallery on May 5. The artist will showcase his latest oil paintings from his Ouvert series, notable for their bold and expressive colours.


The Thunder Bay Art Gallery hosts a panel discussion in link with the current exhibition “Honouring Our Stories” on May 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. Aimed at improving community understanding around survivors’ experiences of sexual violence, this exhibition presents the series Posters for Change, which was collaboratively created in a workshop led by artist Elizabeth Buset and participants.


Work by interdisciplinary artist François Quévillon and biologist and bio-artist François-Joseph Lapointe debuts at Centre Bang on May 7.


In closings, these are the last days to catch the following four exhibitions at the Musée d’art de Joliette: Jacynthe Carrier’s “PAYSAGE: faire le jour,” Lyn Carter’s “11e rang,” Jean McEwen’s “Perceptions” and “Autodidacte: L’art naïf des collections.” All wrap on May 6.

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