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Must-Sees This Week: October 15 to 21, 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 theApp Store or Google Play for even more worthwhile shows that are already open.)


Museé d’art contemporain de Montréal opens three new shows on October 17: an exhibition of work by American painter Dana Schutz; an exhibition by Patrick Bernatchez, which is culled from two of Bernatchez’s major projects, Chrysalides (2006–13) and Lost in Time (2009–15); and Camille Henrot’s encyclopedic video installation Grosse Fatigue. Also on at the MAC is a conversation between American painter Dana Schutz and director John Zeppetelli on October 15 at 6 p.m. 1700 La Poste are exhibiting a retrospective of work by painter Marc Garneau from October 15. Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran will present Luce Meunier’s second solo exhibition at the gallery with an opening reception on October 15 from 5 p.m. Eric Simon’s new exhibition of self-portraits, entitled “Life Secretes Secret Life,” opens October 17 at 4 p.m. at Galerie Donald Browne.


Modern Fuel hosts an opening reception of two exhibitions October 17 at 7 p.m.: “Sweaty Concepts” by Hazel Meyer and “Distorted Reality TV” featuring the work of Anne Dunsford and Emily Zielke.


Dorian Fitzgerald will be giving an artist talk as part of the group exhibition “are you experienced?” at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on October 15 at 6:30 p.m.


The imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival runs from October 14 to 18 and features an art crawl from 5 p.m. on October 16 at 401 Richmond Street West; “Material Experiments” will be the first stop on the crawl, followed by “ARCTICNOISE,” Heather Rae’s “Urban Indigenous, voz-a-voz / voice-a-voice,” and “For this Land.” Cree-Irish artist Kent Monkman’s new large-scale installation referencing the near-extinction of the American Bison alongside 300 pieces of 19th-century bone tableware opens at the Gardiner Museum October 15. Angell Gallery will officially launch its new location at 1444 Dupont Street with two new solo exhibitions October 16 at 6 p.m.: “The Sky Has Fallen” by Greg Haberny (who is fresh from Banksy’s Dismaland) and “The History of Touches” by mixed-media artist Talwst. Doris McCarthy Gallery is opening a new group exhibition investigating complex social change on October 21 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (a free shuttle leaves OCAD University at 6 p.m.). Dean Drever explores perception and physicality in new solo exhibition, “Major Elements” at MKG127, opening October 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. Video artist Pascal Grandmaison presents new film work at Diaz Contemporary on October 15 at 7 p.m. Two solo exhibitions by painters Jessica Groome and Katie Lyle open at Erin Stump Projects on October 16 at 6 p.m.


New photographic work by Gary Michael Dault opens alongside paintings from Pearl Van Geest’s Vicious Body series at the Flesherton Art Gallery on October 17 from 7 p.m.


Children and their families are invited to meet award-winning, Vancouver-based Metis and Cree artist and illustrator Julie Flett, who will read from her new book Wild Berries at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on October 17 at 1:30 p.m.


Barbara Meneley will activate the archive at Regina Public Library’s Prairie History Room in “Prairie History Redux,” which involves her creating thousands of tracings on translucent paper of images and texts selected from each item in the archive. The show begins with a performance on October 17 at 1 p.m.


The Vancouver Art Book Fair runs October 17 and 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Vancouver Art Gallery; exhibitors include Canadian publications like C Magazine and international institutions such as the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. The Chorus—that amorphous vox populi in Greek drama—is taken up in a multimedia event by Dan Starling at Western Front on October 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Contemporary Art Gallery hosts a panel discussion about food and its political extensions (featuring Randy Lee Cutler, Derya Akay and Keg de Souza, among others) in conjunction with the Sustenance Festival on October 17 at 3 p.m. Jessica Bell’s recent work—which “presents the very idea of constructing a painting as a way of making sense of the world”—opens at Initial Gallery on October 15 at 6 p.m. Lyse Lemieux’s sculptural drawings go on view in “Black is the size of my new skirt” at Republic Gallery on October 15. Paul Bernhardt’s abstracted paintings that delve into issues of religion and technology open at Elissa Cristall Gallery on October 15. Lili Reynaud-Dewar traces the literary legacy of the AIDS crisis in “My Epidemic,” which involves a number works that quote from authors including Kathy Acker, Douglas Crimp and Guillame Dustan, and opens at the Audain Gallery on October 21 at 7 p.m.


Untitled Contemporary Art hosts an afternoon of wine, appetizers and conversation between Gail Anderson and Jay Mosher about the latter’s exhibition “Brasilia” on October 18 at 1 p.m. The New Gallery presents a group show looking at the effect of surveillance on privacy and personal independence that begins with an opening reception October 16 at 8 p.m. Jarvis Hall Fine Art present the second part of their group exhibition on October 16 from 5 p.m. featuring works by the likes of Jeffrey Spalding and Peter von Tiesenhausen. John Chalke’s exhibition at Nickle Galleries features his “clay paintings” inspired by the landscape of Southwestern Alberta and opens October 15 at 5 p.m. Herringer Kiss Gallery hosts an exhibition of Kate Ohe‘s work, including her Sculpture Prayer series and a new series of kinetic, floor sculptures called The Chuckles, opening October 15 at 5 p.m.


Laura Demers gives an artist talk for her show, “Unknown Destinations,” at Studio Sixty Six on October 15 at 5 p.m.


Andrew Hunt’s new paintings, opening in “Sum of Parts” at Hermes Halifax on October 16 at 6 p.m., merge the mundane with the paranormal. Dr Jonathan D. Katz gives a lecture about Allen Ginsberg in conjunction with the show of Ginsberg’s photographs at MSVU Art Gallery on October 17 at 2 p.m.


Ernestine Tahedl’s abstracted works go on view in “Resonanz” at Bugera Matheson Gallery on October 16 at 6 p.m. At Scott Gallery, Leslie Poole’s moody landscapes open in “Landscape Up Close” on October 17 at 2 p.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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