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Must-Sees This Week: November 12 to 18, 2015

Lots of great art exhibitions open across the country this week. Here are our recommendations for upcoming shows, and a few reminders about shows that are closing. (And remember to visit our Exhibition Finder, or download the Canadian Art Finder in the App Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


An-My Lê’s exhibition at Charles H. Scott Gallery, which opens November 14 at 3 p.m., will offer a poignant rejoinder to Remembrance Day, offering photographic work that depicts military activities. The accumulative practices and images of Annie MacDonell, Lis Rhodes, punk band the Slits and Elizabeth Zvonar are brought together at Western Front in “Cut,” which opens November 12 at 7 p.m. In conjunction with an upcoming exhibition at Monte Clark Gallery, a screening of films by Vancouver artists at the Cinematheque kicks off on November 12 with work by Ian Wallace and Dana Claxton. Programming affiliated with the Wrong Biennale continues with “The New Flesh,” which brings together artists including Organ Armani, Emilio Gomariz and Erik Zepka, and opens at Vivo Media Arts Centre on November 14 at 7 p.m. In the Land of the Head Hunters, the first feature film made in B.C. and the oldest surviving feature made in Canada, which also features an Indigenous cast, will screen at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema on November 13 at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with Bill Cranmer, Andy Everson and Owen Underhill, moderated by Colin Browne.


Fresh from finishing their larger-than-life ferris wheel, Quebec City artist trio BGL give a talk hosted by the University of Ottawa in the auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada on November 12 at 6 p.m.


Renowned land artist and environmental activist Peter von Tiesenhausen opens “Ever Widening Rings,” which draws from his past 25 years of work, at Peter Robertson Gallery November 12 at 7 p.m. Calgary-based artist Kelly Krueger opens a selection of landscape-based work at Scott Gallery on November 14 at 2 p.m.


Kyle Alden Martens’s work in “Equipment” looks at sports padding and medical braces with a humorous eye, and opens at the Khyber November 16 at 7 p.m. The opening is also the launch of the Khyber’s new location at 1880 Hollis St.


Sculptures, prints, wall hangings and traditional clothing from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories open in “Skin, Bone, Wool Stone” at Evans Contemporary on November 13 at 6 p.m. Carolyn Code, Brette Gabel and Sarah Gibeault, who all work with contemporary craft methods, are showing work in “Sometimes the Story is Obvious” at Artspace on November 13 at 7 p.m.


“Booming Grounds,” the second part of the Silva project, which “follows a thematic path from the microcosms of the forest floor, to the quantifying and processing of lumber, to the global distribution of forestry products,” opens at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on November 20 at 7 p.m.


To mark the end of her residency at Contemporary Calgary, Tia Halliday will show “ a series of performative, living sculptures” and talk about her work at the gallery on November 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Musagetes, the Eramosa Institute and the University of Guelph present a festival of politics, art and ideas—featuring presenters including digital theorist Jaron Lanier, artists Wanda Nanibush and Adrian Stimson, among others—running November 12 to 14.


Sculpture by Susan Collett and Neil Clifford, and paintings by Chris Langstroth, open at Oeno Gallery on November 14 at 3 p.m.


On November 12 from 7 to 9 p.m., at Trinity Square Video, the Journal of Curatorial Studies celebrates the publication of three recent issues with a reception and screening of underpressure, a collection of videos by Santiago Sierra, Björk, Christof Migone and more, curated by DisplayCult. Also on the 12th, Derek Liddington opens a solo show at Daniel Faria Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. On the 13th, Joanna Householder and Frances Leeming open at A Space from 6 to 8 p.m., and Jeremy Pavka and Sean Procyk open at 8-11 from 6 to 8 p.m. At 7 p.m., curator Sam Smiles speaks on Turner’s last works at the Art Gallery of Ontario. On Saturday the 14th, John Brown opens a show at Olga Korper from 2 to 5 p.m.; Tim Pitsiulak opens at Feheley Fine Arts from 4 to 6 p.m.; and Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes speaks about William Kentridge at Barbara Edwards Contemporary at 2 p.m. On November 18, there is a reception for photographer Josee Pedneault’s new show at Contact Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m.


Swiss-Canadian photographer Thomas Kneubühler opens his new exhibition, “Days in Night,” with a reception at Patrick Mikhail Gallery on November 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Also on the 12th, artists Roy Meuwissen and Amshu Chukki both give talks at the Darling Foundry beginning at 6 p.m.; and Pascal Caputo opens his painting installation “Latitude anthropique” at Dominique Bouffard.


Artist Immony Men opens “Effections,” a video series, at Centre3 for Print on November 13th from 7 to 10 p.m.


Neil Peter Dyck opens a new show of paintings at Actual Contemporary on November 14, with a reception on November 13 at 7 p.m. Also at Actual, “The Age of Catastrophe,” a group show, opens November 13, with Andrew John Milne, David Rokeby, Kelly Jaclynn Andres and more. A related symposium, “Catastrophe, Cataclysm and the Singular Accident,” takes place at the Cinematheque on November 15 with registration at 9 a.m.

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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