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Must-Sees This Week: September 22 to 28, 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.


Oakville Galleries launches their fall season with two exhibitions opening on September 25, with receptions from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Centennial Square. At the Gairloch Gardens location, Zin Taylor will present several bodies of work, including sculptural pieces that reference Auguste Rodin, a mobile that nods to Alexander Calder and more. An exhibition of work by Judith Scott goes on view at the Centennial Square location, focusing on her mixed-media works that often create cocoon-like structures.


Hosted in relation to Andreas Bunte’s “Erosion,” the current fall exhibition at SFU Gallery, a film screening titled “All That Is Solid” will kick off at the Cinematheque on September 28 at 7:30 p.m., and features films by Ana Vaz, Casper Stracke, Gordon Matta-Clarke and Eva Kolzce. Watch the premiere of the Vancouver episode of Art in the Twenty-First Century, featuring Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor and Jeff Wall at the Cinematheque, co-hosted by the Contemporary Art Gallery, on September 23 at 7 p.m. Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds opens a solo exhibition, “Genocide and Democracy, Secrets of Life and Death,” which includes two series of text works, at the Charles H. Scott Gallery, with a talk on September 22 at 7 p.m.


A new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Burlington, “Ceramics from Rankin Inlet,” works to dismiss the perception that Inuit sculpture is limited to soapstone carvings, and instead highlights the robust ceramic production in the North. It opens September 22 at 5 p.m. Also at the Art Gallery of Burlington, a collaboration with Craft Ontario brings “Materialize,” an exhibition of juried, innovative work, on September 22 at 5 p.m.


“Futurist Myths,” a video screening curated by Nasrin Himada and solicited by the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, which features works by Noor Abed, Kristin Li and Cauleen Smith, takes place at VA Cinema in Concordia University’s visual-art building on September 24, beginning at 5 p.m., and will include a conversation between Himada and Montreal artist Juan Ortiz-Apuy. On September 24, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain opens a new location at 963 rue Rachel Est, and the inaugural exhibition, “Bordering the Fantastic,” has a reception at 2 p.m., and includes artists Mark Clintberg, Ed Pien, Kent Monkman and others.

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Sarah Burwash’s watercolour, silks and sculptures, which apply a detailed, decorative approach to unexpected subject matter, like motocross, open in “Hungry Valley” at the Dayroom on September 22 at 7 p.m.


At the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Jeff Nye’s exhibition of paintings, “Recovery Rooms,” which explore environments seemingly remembered from the past, opens on September 24, followed by an artist talk with Nye and his mentor Monica Tap on October 2 at 1 p.m.


On September 24, join us for free gallery talks across the city, led by Canadian Art editors, contributors and art-scene experts. Full details about the free event can be found on our Gallery Talks page. A launch party for Canadian Art‘s Fall 2016 issue will be held at Division Gallery that same day from 6 to 8 p.m. Tangled Art Gallery opens “Mad Room,” a free exhibit by 2016 artist-in-residence Gloria Swain that opens on September 22 at 7 p.m., and is followed by a talk by the artist on September 27 at 5:30 p.m. “Urban Translation,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Joanna Gresik, opens on September 23 at 7 p.m. at Earl Selkirk Gallery. This week also sees the opening of the Harbourfront Centre’s visual art exhibitions, brought together under the banner of “Stories We Tell,” on September 23 at 6 p.m., and including showings by Nina Bunjevac, Michael Deforge, Meags Fitzgerald, Marta Chudolinska, Ginette Lapalme, Amy Lockhart, Christopher Boyne, Jing Huang, Sam Pedicelli, Lindsay Montgomery and many others. Thompson Landry Gallery presents its “10th Anniversary Special Groups Exhibition” with an opening reception on September 22 at 6 p.m. with the 20 featured artists in attendance.


Artist Rebecca Belmore (and friends) will spend the evening of September 23 activating The Candahar, an installation work by Winnipeg-based artist Theo Sims that recreates the interior of a historic Belfast public house (the Blackthorn), and has been on view at the MacKenzie Art Gallery since April. Also going on at the MacKenzie Art Gallery: “German Expressionists and their Contemporaries,” which includes prints by Max Beckmann, Käthe Kollwitz and Egon Schiele, and “Dmytro Stryjek: Found in Translation,” which marks the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada. Both open September 23 at 11 a.m.


The results of a residency by Eryn Foster and Joanna Close will go on view at Hermes Art Gallery, beginning with a reception on September 22 at 5 p.m. Expect amorphous shapes from Foster, who works with combinations of ink, glass and photographic paper, and rug hooking that nods to history from Close.


“Performing the Landscape,” an ambitious multi-site exhibition organized by the Illingworth Kerr Gallery’s new curator Lorenzo Fusi, opens at staggered times across the city on September 22. The openings begin at 4 p.m. at the IKG, then move every hour on the hour to Truck, Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow and Stride Gallery. These venues will all host video works and installations by some 14 artists, including Bill Viola, Ragnar Kjartansson, Miruna Dragan and Jason de Haan, Janine Antoni and Cyprien Gaillard, who act out gestures into desolate or isolated locations. The following evening, the intricate works on paper of Marigold Santos go on view at Jarvis Hall Gallery with an opening reception on September 23 at 5 p.m.


Lynn Malin’s landscape paintings, and a few forays into light-filled aerials, open in “Streamlight” at Scott Gallery on September 24.


The McIntosh Gallery and Forest City Gallery both take a broad look at issues surrounding portraiture. In “Portraits, self and others (it’s complicated),” opening at September 22 at 7 p.m., McIntosh Gallery looks at the ways “in which identity is largely constructed through images and the complex relationship between the artist and the individuals they portray,” through the work of artists including Stephen Andrews, Shuvinai Ashoona and Joyce Weiland. At Forest City Gallery, “Interested in others,” a group show with new-media works by Michelle Bunton, Lucas Cabral, Christopher Lacroix & afallenhorse, Jamie Campbell and Anna Eyler looks at September 22 at 8 p.m. A shuttle will go between the two shows, departing from the McIntosh at 8:30 p.m. to go to Forest City Gallery.


The Art Gallery of Mississauga open two fall exhibitions on September 22 at 7 p.m.: Ed Pien’s “Shadowed Land,” which includes new installation and video work that parse traumatic histories, and Mary Ma’s installation Eclipse, which points to the otherworldly with stars and bodies of water.


“Queer Ecologies,” a two-day performance event that asks what themes of “nature,” “home,” “environment” and “place” look like from queer and trans perspectives, and includes performances by Alvis Choi a.k.a. Alvis Parsley and Radiodress. “Queer Ecologies” begins on September 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.


Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn, whose project SELF-PIXEL is the Remai Modern’s current web commission, will give a lecture hosted by the Remai Modern at the Frances Morrison Central Library on September 27 at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception.


The group exhibition “All membranes are porous” brings together artists including Margaret Dragu, Pascal Grandmaison, Luanne Martineau and Jeremy Shaw to look at the body as a malleable site in relation to a range of themes, including knowledge, intimacy, class and community, and it opens on September 24 at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

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