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Must-Sees This Week: November 10 to 16, 2016

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 even more worthwhile shows that are already open.


What does it mean to have? That’s a question driving Western Front’s upcoming project “New Ways of Having,” on economic disparity and art. Including work by Lis Rhodes, Olivia Whetung, and the Impressions, the exhibition opens November 10 with a reception beginning at 7 p.m. Also at Western Front this week, on November 16 at 7 p.m.: screenings of works by Liz Magic Laser and Scott Rogers. On November 12, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery will host the symposium “Speculation and Performance in Art and Finance,” bringing together artists Goldin+Senneby and Marianne Nicolson along with geographer Geoff Mann in preparation for the upcoming exhibitions “To refuse/To wait/To sleep” and “M&A.”

Catriona Jeffries presents Rebecca Brewer’s most recent series of paintings and large-scale felt works in “The Holding Sky” opening November 12, reception on November 10 at 7pm. Centre A welcomes contemporary Indigenous Taiwanese artist Chang En Man for her first exhibition in North America this week. Opening reception is November 10 from 7 to 10 p.m., and there is also an artist talk on November 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. “In Line, To Glue,” opening at the Bakery on November 12 at 6 pm, features new collage works by Sarah Davidson and Elisabeth Horan.


dc3 Art Projects presents Craig Leblanc’s “She Loves Me. He Loves Me Not,” an exhibition of new works curated by Bruce Johnson first presented at the Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford this summer. Investigating themes of the archetypical male, anti-idealism and façade, Leblanc’s work also integrates autobiographical elements. The exhibition opens November 10 with a reception and artist talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Elsewhere, at the Art Gallery of Alberta, “Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings from the Pre-Raphaelites and Their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection” and “Jason de Haan: Grey to Pink” both close on November 13.


Biennale de Montréal programs continue this week. Jacob Wren‘s Every Song I’ve Ever Written performances unfurl November 10 and 11 at 8 p.m., while Tanya Lukin Linklater performs on November 13 at 2 p.m. at the MAC, as well as intermittently there on November 10, 11, and 12. “I’d Rather Something Ambiguous,” an exhibition project by Sophie Bélair Clément and Marie Claire Forté with Chantal Akerman, Simon Guibord, K8 Hardy, Raphaël Huppé-Alvarez, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Catherine Lalonde, Isabelle Pauwels, Jason Simon, Robin Simpson, Michèle Thériault, and an anonymous contribution, opens November 12 at Concordia University’s Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen.

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain presents Adad Hannah‘s “The Raft of the Medusa (Saint-Louis)”—a restaging of the Géricault painting with locals from Saint-Louis, Senegal that showed previously at the Dakar Biennale—and Jérôme Fortin‘s “Tabula Rasa” opening November 12 with a reception from 2:30 to 5:30. Art45 presents a selection of large format portraits of internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier by photographer André Cornellier in “André Cornellier: En Quête Du Temps : Lecavalier 1993-2001” from November 12 on.

The exhibition “Silk Road: Storm-Detectors, Blood-Sweating Horses, and Constellations” by artist Karen Tam opens on November 12 at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, comprised of a group of sculptures continuing Tam’s research on the reproduction of antiquities and the commodification of Chinese culture. The Teachings: Theories and Methodologies for Indigenous Art History in North America symposium brings together many of North America’s foremost Indigenous art scholars, including Cathy Mattes and Carla Taunton, on November 11 and 12 at Concordia University.

JJ Levine’s “Family” opens November 11 La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse with the conference “Familles queer? Coalition Familles LBGT” following on November 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Artist-run centre Diagonale debuts HEAVY ON ULTRAMARINE, a 23-foot mural by Elise Windsor, in the centre’s window space on November 11 at 6 p.m. Curated by CK2, the exhibition “The Digital Cliff” features works by Nadia Belerique, Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Stephanie Hier, Anne Eastman and Erin Baillie-Rutter and runs from November 12 at Projet Pangée.

On November 12 from 3 to 6 p.m., Galerie Joyce Yahouda hosts the launch of Louise Viger’s book De La Chair Au Continent_Une Pietà, with an accompanying performance by Laurence Neil-Poirier and Marc Labranche, as well as a reading by Denise DesautelsJoëlle Morosoli’s “Le guet” opens November 10 at Centre D’Exposition Lethbridge.

In closings: Sean Montgomery’s exhibition “Painting Place” wraps November 12 at Laroche/Joncas, and Nadine Bariteau‘s “Has She Returned to the Sea” ends November 12 at Atelier Circulaire.


Patrick Cruz, national winner of the 2015 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, opens his first solo exhibition in Toronto, “Archeological Apathy” at 8eleven, co-presented by SAVAC, on November 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. Brendan Fernandes‘ new exhibition, “Lost Bodies,” is celebrated with a reception at the Textile Museum of Canada on November 11 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both the artist and curator will be present. Brittany Shepherd, Canadian Art‘s new video intern, has her first solo exhibition at Roberta Pelan on November 12, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The symposium Transformative Justice in the Arts, featuring Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha as keynote, takes place at the Great Hall on November 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Emilia-Amalia Session V: Memes/Fungibility, a feminist writing and research workshop co-facilitated by Yaniya Lee and Merray Gerges, and presented by Trinity Square Video and Gallery 44, will take place at Trinity Square Video on November 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Members of the Canadian sound art community gather on November 10 and 11 at the Canadian Music Centre for two days of conversations. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of “The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video” on November 16 at 6 p.m. with Bénédicte Ramade at the Ryerson Image Centre.

Jordan Broadworth’s “wet into wet” layered works are featured prominently in his solo exhibition “The Adjacent Possible” opening November 12 at General Hardware ContemporaryCorkin Gallery hosts an opening reception at 6pm on November 10 for Frank Mädler’s touring exhibition “Serrosen,” previously displayed at the Leonhardi Museum in Dresden. Canadian Art’s Wolfgang Tillmans talk at 7 p.m. on November 11 at the Isabel Bader Theatre is sold out, but watch our Twitter feed ( for highlights.

Closing this weekend: Monica Tap at MKG127, Yi Xin Tong and “Fresh Constructions” at Katzman Contemporary, and the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival at Workman Arts.


The objet d’art has often been approached with reverence and veneration in the art world, both physically and conceptually, as something precious and fragile. In Studio Sixty Six’s final show of 2016 “Unholy Objects,” opening November 10, emerging local artists Lea Hamilton, Kelsey McGruer, Susan Roston, Allyson Rousseau, Kathryn Shriver and William Staubi play with this sacred notion of the art object.

“Fragile,” curated by Salomé Viguie, brings together artists Vincent Chevalier, Mariana Lafrance, Mathieu Goupil-Lemay, Geneviève Thauvette, Faye Mullen and Matthieu Sabourin at at Gallery 101. The exhibition opens November 11 with a talk at 3 p.m., opening at 5 p.m. and performance at 6 p.m. and explores the relationship that exists between presenting an artist according to a socio-demographic point of view alongside the perception of the viewer.


Composed of three bodies of work concerning writer Lyle Rexer’s “undisclosed image,” photographer John Haney’s exhibition “Working in the Dark” opens at new artist-run commercial gallery the Assembly on November 11, with a related reception on November 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. At McMaster Museum of Art, Robert Belton presents the talk Picturing Melancholy: Expressionism’s Paralanguage on November 10 from 6 to 7 p.m.


“Curtain” by Jeff Bierk opens at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery on November 12 with an artist talk and reception from 2 to 4 p.m. on November 13. For Bierk, the curtain photographs represent a serious dichotomy of aesthetic beauty and emotional pain. They force him to confront the hospital environment, in which loved ones have been both nurtured and passed away; he is both comforted and haunted by the complexity of their meanings.


Femme Wave Festival kicks off its 2016 visual arts programming on November 16 at 5:30 p.m. with “The Garden,” a one-night pop-up exhibition full of ghosts, shadows, and flora. The exhibition includes works from Angela Fermor, Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Janine Bennett, and May GN that intertwine to create an unexpected and charismatic environment. Art Herstory, a series of intimate discussions—facilitated by a range of curators, authors and thinkers—related to the role of women throughout Canadian art history continues at the Glenbow on November 10 at 7 p.m. The multi-venue exhibition “Performing the Landscape” wraps up November 12.


On November 12 at 5:00 pm, the MAJ is offering a guided tour of the exhibition “Marcel Barbeau. Vibrato” with curator Marie-Helene Foisy along with a presentation by Ninon Gauthier and Andreanne Roy.


Rachel Vanderzwet’s bright, cheeky works fill Deluge Contemporary Art in her solo show “Plastic Bangles,” opening November 11 with a reception from 7-10pm.


AKA artist-run presents Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s “À fleurer no.3,” a performance of the artist reading weekly correspondences from Europe, on November 15 at 12:15 p.m.. The performance is part of the larger project “À fleurer” curated by Tarin Hughes, which opened earlier this month.


On November 10 at 7:30, Maggie Groat discusses her current research trajectories, the ideas, images, and actions that attract and propel, and how these subjects orbit and/or directly influence her recent work as part of the exhibition “In the Shadow of the Millennium” at Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery.


Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen presents two exhibitions that are part of the International Francophone Film Festival in Acadie: “Lost Idyll,” by Jessica Arseneau and “Machinari” by Léna Mill-Reuillard. Both exhibitions open November 16 at 5 p.m., with the artists in attendance.

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