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Must Sees This Week: April 21 to 27, 2016

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.)


The city’s big works-on-paper fair, Papier16, kicks off this weekend, running Friday through Sunday with a selection of exhibitors from across the country. (Don’t miss Papier’s panel on the Quebec art market happening April 23 at 12 p.m. led by Canadian Art managing editor Rosie Prata.) The first retrospective in Canada devoted to the American multimedia artist Joan Jonas—including the North American premiere of her much-lauded, Nova-Scotia-influenced piece from last year’s Venice Biennale—opens at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art on April 27 at 5:30 p.m, with a related talk April 26 at 7 p.m. Galerie Thomas Henry Ross art contemporain and Galerie Margot Eleanor Ross art actuel open the first edition of “La Nouvelle Biennale,” which includes artists Vikky Alexander, Michel de Broin, Manuela Lalic and others, and opens April 23 at 3 p.m.


Andrew Berardini gives a talk about “clouds and how to look at sunsets” as a part of Scrivener’s Monthly at Western Front, beginning April 22 at 8:17 p.m., specifically. VIVO Media Arts Centre reopens on April 24 after a whole bunch of renovations, and they’re hosting an open house with interactive media art, remarks, a DJ and more that runs from noon to 5 p.m. Western Front hosts an evening of readings presented by Jeneen Frei Njootli and Olivia Whetung on April 26 at 7 p.m. that focuses on writing by Indigenous women.


Artist Jaime Koebel leads an Indigenous walk performance focused on architecture of justice, presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery, on April 23 at 2 p.m.


“Archaelogical Infrastructure” brings together Jen Aitken and Aryen Hoekstra, who construct the “apparitional architecture of an imagined city” at Forest City Gallery, opening April 22 at 7 p.m. Patrick Cull’s geometric painting goes on view in “Negative Rake” at DNA artspace on April 30 at 7 p.m. Get insight into the Museum London’s history with a presentation focusing on key figures and acquisitions at the museum’s AGM on April 27 at 5 p.m.


The Images Festival has its closing weekend, with a whole range of programming including a screening of Chantal Akerman’s News from Home, Juliana Huxtable’s performance piece There Are Certain Facts that Cannot be Disputed and more. Marvin Luvualu Antonio gives an artist talk on April 23 at 3 p.m., in conjunction with his exhibition at Clint Roenisch Gallery. MKG127 opens “a history of photography,” a new exhibition by Jayce Salloum, who was shortlisted this year for the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award, beginning April 23 at 2 p.m. And the Contact Photography Festival holds a kickoff party April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Ontario, with the AGO also holding a related talk by Thomas Ruff the night before, April 26, at 7 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Windsor opens three exhibitions on April 23: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins’s “The Collaborationists,” Claude Tousignant’s “Circles and Half-Circles” and Matthew Hawtin’s mid-career survey “Transposing.” (The latter draws on Hawtin’s musical as well as visual art experience, which has been augmented by the success of his house-music DJ brother Richie Hawtin, who likewise grew up in Windsor.)


Calgary-based artist Nicole Kelly Westman and Vancouver-based artist Del Hillier open “Two Left-Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache,” a collaboration with performance and installation, at Untitled Contemporary Art on April 22 at 8 p.m.


Katie Pretti’s large-scale drawing Mirage, which was inspired by “documentary photographs of altarpiece triptychs removed from the contexts of their architectural niches,” opens at Open Sesame on April 23 at 2 p.m.


Plug In ICA has two openings April 22 at 7 p.m.: Kim Beom’s “Continuing Studies,” which brings together 20 years of Beom’s work focused on pedagogy, and Allen Ruppersberg’s “No Time Left To Start Again/The B and D of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Poetry,” which offers an archival perspective on the history of American music. Early next week on April 25 at 7 p.m., Plug In ICA will present a talk on art and the public in “post-conflict” Northern Ireland by visiting curator Daniel Jewesbury.


British Columbia author Jay Sherwood leads a presentation of his latest book, The Landscape of Ernest Lamarque: Artist, Surveyor and Renaissance Man, 1879-1970, at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies on April 21 at 7 p.m.


Geologist Patricia Corcoran and artist Kelly Jazvac give a talk about plastiglomerate, a new stone that contains mixtures of sand grains, rock fragments and other natural debris that is melded together by hardened molten plastic, at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery on April 21 at 6 p.m.


The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria opens “Modernization in Meiji Japan (1868-1912),” an exhibition of the gallery’s collection of prints from Meiji, on April 22.

Quebec City

Vancouver-based artist Mike Bourscheid, artist in residence at l’Œil de Poisson for the upcoming three months, will be having a meet and greet at Vu Photo to give visitors greater insight into his practice on April 21 at 5 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

This article was corrected on April 21, 2016. The original misidentified Richie Hawtin as Ronnie Hawtin.

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John McMahon says:

Your Windsor listing names Matthew Hawtin’s brother incorrectly.

His name is Richie Hawtin.

Leah Sandals says:

Thanks John, you’re absolutely right, of course. We have corrected the error.

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