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Must-Sees This Week: November 19 to 25, 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.)


DNA Artspace shouts out their bookshop with “Para//el Room,” a show that brings together book selections by artists, and artworks that relate to these selections, opening November 21 at 7 p.m. The bibliophilic artists include Barbara Balfour, Shary Boyle, Michael Vickers, Claire Scherzinger and more.


The Art Gallery of Windsor launches Border Cultures, a catalogue for the three-year “Border Cultures” exhibition series, which brought together more than 45 artists, on November 20 at 4 p.m.


Recent work by Neil Harrison opens in “Holding the View” at Angell Gallery on November 19 at 6 p.m. Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami comes to the Aga Khan Museum for a screening and talk (related to his current show at the museum, “Doors Without Keys”) on November 20 at 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with Isabel Rocamora’s exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, Mark Cauchi and John Caruana host a discussion on post-secular ideas in contemporary culture on November 22 at 2 p.m. Renowned Inuit artist Abraham Anghik Ruben opens “Beyond Aurora Borealis,” a collection of work that traces the relationship between Inuit and Norse history and culture, at the Museum of Inuit Art on November 20. Deanna Bowen will use her archival research as a lens to discuss blackness and the recent media omissions in Canada and the US at Eaton Lecture Hall on November 24 at 7 p.m., presented by the Studio for Media Activism. Jaime Angelopoulos opens “Retrace,” a collection of her new sculptural work, at MKG127 on November 21 at 2 p.m. Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, which focuses on the grande dame of art collecting, begins screening at Tiff Bell Lightbox on November 20.


On November 24 at Centre Bang, Montreal-based writer and theatre director Jacob Wren will be giving a lecture on two new books he is working on.

Quebec City

“Espaces photographiques,” a group show featuring work by artists Andréanne Gagnon, Catherine Lebel Ouellet, Charles Fleury, Christophe Barbeau, Emmanuelle Duret, Hubert Gaudreau and Martin Désilets, opens at VU Photo on November 24.


A member of the Painters Eleven, which also included Jack Bush, Hortense Gordon and Jock Macdonald, abstract painter Ray Mead’s work goes on view in “Living Within” at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on November 21 (followed by an official opening on December 4 at 7 p.m.).


Some of Vancouver’s best-known artists, including Vikky Alexander, Dana Claxton, Myfanwy MacLeod, Stan Douglas and Rodney Graham, are gathered together in “Traces That Resemble Us,” which opens at Monte Clark Gallery on November 21 at 2 p.m. Vancouver Independent Archives Week kicks off on November 22 with programming at Western Front, Grunt Gallery and VIVO Media Arts Centre. Presentation House Gallery opens two events in conjunction with their “BC Almanac(h) C-B” show: a series of film screenings at the Cinematheque beginning November 23, 7:30 p.m., and a discussion about the BC Almanac with Michael deCourcy, Christos Dikeakos, Andrea Kunard and Michael Morris on November 28, 1:00 p.m. Joseph Staples and Graham Landin have a conversation at Wil Aballe Art Projects on November 21 at 2 p.m., partly revolving around “Hito Steyerl’s idea that ‘poor images’ are stronger by consequence of mass sharing and images gaining a type of power through repetition.”


“Contemporary North II: New Inuit Drawings” opens at Madrona Gallery on November 21, with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. The show features new works by Shuvinai Ashoona, Tim Pitsiulak, Nicotye Samayualie and Ningeokuluk Teevee and challenges the idea of a static Inuit aesthetic.


“Silva Part II: Booming Grounds” is a group exhibition featuring artists such as Marian Penner Bancroft, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Liz Magor and Carol Sawyer that focuses on the forestry industry and the commodification of trees. It opens at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on November 20 with an artist talk by featured artists Al Bersch and Leslie Grant at 6:15 p.m. followed by a reception at 7 p.m.


Galerie B-312 presents photographs and videos by Montreal-based Swiss photographer Thomas Kneubühler on November 19 at 5:30 p.m. On November 19 at 6 p.m., the Darling Foundry will host talks by Claire Astier, as part of the France-Quebec Marseille Cross-Residency, and Nola Farman, as part of the Australia Residency. Also on November 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.Battat Contemporary presents an exhibition by Carl Trahan. “Reading Exercises” is on view from November 19 at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, and the gallery hosts a talk between Brendan Fernandes and Matthew-Robin Nye on November 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Applications are due by November 20 if you want to take part in SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art‘s eight-week curatorial workshop this winter, led by SBC director/curator Pip Day and invited guests. On November 21 at 3 p.m.Galerie Nicolas Robert presents a new series of sculptures and works on paper by Simone Rochon. Montreal-based artist Valerie Kolakis has a solo exhibition at Galerie Donald Browne opening on November 21, and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain presents Narvaez Bay: Tidal Predictions for 2012, by Mark Timmings, with an opening reception on November 21 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.


Untitled Contemporary Art has an opening reception for craft-oriented artist Jessie Fraser‘s +15 Window Galleries project on November 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. On November 20, from 7 to 11 p.m., Untitled Art Society is hosting its annual open-studio event. The event gives people the opportunity to conduct friendly studio visits with 15 emerging and mid-career contemporary Calgary artists and enjoy food, drink and live music. On November 20, starting at 8 p.m.Avalanche! Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates its third anniversary with “THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND,” an exhibition featuring limited-edition prints. Susan Menzies will be in conversation with Mark Clintberg to discuss her show at Stride Gallery on November 21 at 7 p.m.

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