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Must-Sees This Week: September 1 to 7, 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.


The Dunlop Art Gallery opens two exhibitions this week. Roula Partheniou’s “Chalk to Cheese,” a new body of work by the Toronto-based sculptor curated by Jennifer Matotek, opens on September 3 with an artist talk and reception at 1 p.m. Jessie Short’s Wake Up! depicts a Métis woman exploring identity by transforming herself into Métis icon Louis Riel, and can be viewed starting September 7. “Bead Speak” features the work of Ruth Cuthand, Catherine Blackburn, Katherine Boyer, Sherry Farrell Racette and Judy Anderson and will open on September 1 at 5 p.m. at Slate Fine Art Gallery.


In conjunction with Brisbane-based artist Maryann Talia Pau’s communal weaving project “One Million Stars,” which addresses systemic violence and community resistance, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art presents an artist talk and community weaving workshop on September 6 at 6 p.m. Materials will be offered at the free workshop and no weaving experience is required. Winnipeg’s only 24-hour artist-run centre Window presents “The Mystery of the Tattooed Lady” by Ken Lum, viewable on the outside of the Artspace building starting September 1.


“The Living Room,” a solo exhibition of watercolours by 2012 RBC Painting Competition shortlist artist Tristram Lansdowne opens at Wil Kucey Gallery on September 1 at 7 p.m. “Trust Me, You’re Gonna Like it Here” brings together photographers Elyse Bouvier, Claire Power and Kyler Zeleny, who explore “Albertaness” starting September 1 at 7 p.m. at the Gladstone Hotel. REARVIEWS, a publication that reviews exhibition reviews, co-organized by Danielle St-Amour and Xenia Benivolski, launches its fourth instalment with readings by contributors Yaniya Lee, Fan Wu and Canadian Art editorial resident Merray Gerges on September 7 at 7 p.m. at Erin Stump Projects. Life of a Craphead’s performance series “Doored” takes place at Double Double Land and streams at on September 7 at 8 p.m. with performances by jes sachse, Christian Arab, Bridget Moser, Joshua Vettivelu, Liz Peterson and Brittany Shepherd, Lauren Bride and Aliya Pabani.


Liz Magor’s “Habitude” and Lizzy Fitch and Ryan Trecartin’s “Priority Innfield” draw to a close at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal with the gallery’s Friday Nocturne party on September 2 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring DJs and interactive tours. “Putting Rehearsals to the Test” is a three-part exhibition presented at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery. One of its exhibition components “In-the-Making: The Post-dramatic Image” features Oliver Husain, Marwa Arsanios, Ana Huffier, Jasmina Metwaly, Maya Schweizer and many others, and opens with a curators’ tour on September 1 at VOX at 5 p.m. Parisian Laundry’s two fall exhibitions open on September 7 at 6 p.m. The first, “The Perfume and the Bottle,” features Gabriele Beveridge, Kate Steciw and Anne Hall, Andy Coolquitt and Owen Kydd, whose works borrow from advertising imagery and methods of display to speak the now-recognizable visual languages of mass consumerism. The second exhibition highlights filmmaker Charlotte Moth’s Choreography of the Image: Filmic Sketches, which chronicles places that were significant to modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth. Three exhibitions open at Art Mûr to celebrate its 20th anniversary on September 3 at 3 p.m.: Trevor Kiemander’s “Event Horizon: This Must be the Place,” Magalie Comeau’s “Différences évanouissantes” and Guillaume Lachapelle’s “Night Shift.” Dare-Dare presents “BERCER LE TEMPS,” with installation work outside of the gallery’s trailer by Sarah Dell’Ava, Ilya Krouglikov and Wolfram Sander on September 2 at 2 p.m.


“Living Building Thinking: Art and Expressionism” explores the development and trajectories of Expressionism in art from the early 19th century to present day and will open at the McMaster Museum of Art on September 1.


“In the Shadow of the Millennium” highlights the intersection of the supernatural and the political as a platform for renewing social and ecological relationships, and features works by Shary Boyle, Claire Greenshaw, Maggie Groat, Inflatable Deities, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Jenine Marsh, Allyson Mitchell and many others. It opens on September 2 at 6 p.m. at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery with Andrew Harwood’s performance of “Mme. Zsa zsa, The $2 Psychic.”


The second part of Artspace’s Hunter Street Bridge Mural by Edmonton-based artist Jill Stanton opens to the public on September 1.


The Dalhousie Art Gallery opens its fall season with three exhibitions on September 1 at 7 p.m. The first is Guelph-based photographer Lisa Hirmer’s “Dirt Piles, Landscape/Displacement,” curated by Andrew Hunter. “Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts” displays quilts from the heritage holdings of former Halifax Poet Laureate Shauntay Grant’s family, tracing back to Black Loyalists and Jamaican Maroons who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries. “The Dress: Mayann Francis and the Call to Serve” features a selection of the garments of Mayann Francis, the first African Nova Scotian woman to serve as Nova Scotia’s Lieutenant Governor, which were hand-made for military balls, ceremonies and historic events


Façade Festival 2016, a public projection-focused art project, continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery with screenings at 8 p.m. on each of the following nights: Rebecca Chaperon on September 1, Renée Van Halm on September 2, Chris Shier on September 3 and an encore night of all the artists’ work on September 4.

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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