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Must-Sees This Week: November 26 to December 2, 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.)


Roselina Hung and Mary Porter have picked up on that Conceptual art classic—mail art—and the outcomes are on view at TRUCK in “A Conversation,” which opens December 1. Steve Coffey’s landscape paintings open at the Collectors’ Gallery on November 28 at 1:00 p.m.


On the heels of launching their digital archive, highlighting a substantial collection of work from the Monday Night Readings, a series of literary events that began in January, 1974, Western Front hosts a panel discussion on artists in the archive featuring Dr. Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda, Luke Fowler and Althea Thauberger on November 26 at 7 p.m. Laura Madera’s atmospheric watercolour paintings go on view in “What Light Is This?” on November 27 at the Bakery. Dilara Akay interprets coffee grounds at the CAG Burrard Marina Field House, at the invitation of artist-in-resident Fabiola Carranza, on November 28 at 10 a.m. Laura Piasta’s expansive practice, which even includes recent forays into “acoustic absorption, sound, magnetism and marbling,” goes on view at Access Gallery in “Sounding the Ultraviolet” on November 27 at 7 p.m.


Curator Alasdair Foster will speak about Australian artists’ relationship with landscape—specifically arguing that the coast-heavy settlement of the island means that Australian artists often relegate landscape to the realm of the imaginative or speculative—at Plug In ICA on November 30 at 7 p.m.


Vanessa Shields hosts a discussion on storytelling at the Art Gallery of Windsor alongside Crissi Cochrane, Paul Vasey and artists Stephen Gibb and Danah Beaulieu, on November 29 at 2 p.m.


Where does public art go once the show is over? Acapulco give visitors a glimpse into the afterlife of outdoor sculpture by hosting a deinstallation of their work Mirador at the Darling Foundry on November 27 from 12 to 5 p.m. You’ve likely seen the video of a group of small birds flitting from one electric guitar to another, making music, online—now you can see it in person, as Céleste Boursier-Mougenot’s from here to ear v. 19 opens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on November 25. Past RBC Emerging Artist Award winner, Andrew Morrow, opens “THANKYOUUOYKNAHT,” featuring a selection of new painting, at Patrick Mikhail Gallery on November 26 (with a reception later on December 3 at 6 p.m.). Galerie D’Este and the Maison de la culture Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension have come together to present a group show of work by Annie Baillargeon, Cynthia Dinan-Mitchell and Véronique La Perrière M, opening at Salle de diffusion de Parc-Extension on November 28 at 3 p.m.


Saskatoon-based artists Gerry Potié and Zoey Pricelys Roy respond to and work work Geronimo Inutiq’s ARCTICNOISE, and the outcomes of which will go on view at AKA Artist-Run on November 28 with a talk and performance beginning at 1 p.m.


Aryen Hoekstra, who is currently in Halifax as a part of a research residency supported by Eyelevel Gallery, will give a talk at 5663 Cornwallis Street about his research (thus far focused on the Halifax Planetarium and its Spitz Model A-1 star projector) on November 29 at 2 p.m.


Artists Bonnie Devine and Egill Sæbjörnsson discuss stones as species (Sæbjörnsson questions whether humans are actually stones that walk and talk, while Devine will look at rocks from an Indigenous perspective), at Hart House on November 27 at 6:30 p.m. Diaz Contemporary opens two shows: a selection of new paintings by Gordon Peterson, and a collection of photographs tracing parts of the development of the Toronto skyline by Peter MacCallum on November 26. Ecological crisis, depicted in photography, is picked up at Circuit Gallery in “Apprehensions,” which brings together work by Eamon Mac Mahon, Jon Wyatt and Chris Bennett, and opens November 26 at 6 p.m.


Curator Daina Warren, who is currently the director of Urban Shaman Gallery and previously acted as assistant curator at grunt gallery, will give a talk on December 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery.

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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