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Must-Sees This Week: May 26 to June 1, 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.)


Art and activism are the focus of discussion at the Public Exposures Symposium from May 27 to 29 at OCAD University, 401 Richmond and the Steelworkers’ Hall. Inspired in part by the survey of Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge happening at a range of locations in the 401 Richmond building, the symposium includes panels on art workers organizing and art and migrant labour. Elsewhere, at MKG127, “Out of the Blue” presents Adam David Brown’s newest work, which looks at the infinite and the ephemeral, opening May 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. Man Booker Prize–winning British author Julian Barnes and curator and critic Sarah Milroy will present a sold-out conversation at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of Canadian Art’s International Artists Series on May 31 at 7 p.m.


Peter Robertson Gallery opens Jonathan Forrest’s “A Conversation with Colour” on May 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.


Dance and visual art merge at the Darling Foundry this week, with Zoja Smutny’s project Rosé Porn, a “living installation” that merges “dance, music, cinema, installation, and merchandising.” It debuts June 1 at 9:30 p.m. and will be discussed in a talk June 2 at 2 p.m. Elsewhere, Galerie D’Este opens a solo exhibition by Ivan Markovic on June 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.


The entwinement of love and work is critiqued in “The Fraud that Goes Under the Name of Love,” opening June 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Audain Gallery. Programming around Jochen Lempert’s show at the Contemporary Art Gallery includes a family day May 28 from 12 to 3 p.m., where participants make art in response to Lempert’s photographs of flora and fauna, and a tour on the same day at 3 p.m. “Rust Never Sleeps,” including work by Arnaud Desjardin, Jason de Haan, Raphael Hefti, Ruben Ochoa, Holly Schmidt, opens at Charles H. Scott Gallery on May 31 at 6:30 p.m. Richard Storms and Jeff Depner open a show of painting at Gallery Jones on May 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. On the heels of their cross-Pacific residency, Nour Bishouty and Christopher Boyne talk with Access Gallery director Kimberly Phillips about process, place, research and more at the Burrard Arts Foundation on May 28 at 2 p.m. Finally, poet and scholar Joshua Clover talks about his new book, Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings, at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre with Stan Douglas and Melanie O’Brian on May 27 at 7 p.m.


The Art Dealers Association of Canada presents a one-day gallery hop from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 28, stopping by Wallace Galleries, TrépanierBaer Gallery, Newzones Gallery, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Loch Gallery, Masters Gallery and Jarvis Hall Gallery.


Shawna Dempsey gives an artist talk May 26 at 7:30 p.m. presented by Eyelevel Gallery at MSVU Art Gallery.


Sarindar Dhaliwal’s exhibition “The Radcliffe Line and Other Geographies” travels to the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, beginning with a reception and artist’s talk May 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.


The Lunenburg Symposium, focused on mentorship in the arts and organized by Visual Arts Nova Scotia, runs at the Lunenburg School of the Arts from May 27 to 29.


Following a renovation, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery reopens to the public on May 31. Elsewhere, “David McKay: Ancestral Roots” and “Joanne Hunt: A Walk in the Garden” begin May 27 at Gallery 78.

St. John’s

The Rooms has an opening May 27 at 7:30 p.m. to launch exhibitions “The Free World,” “Free Play,” and “Jinny Yu: Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating?” Later that evening at Eastern Edge Gallery, Marigold Santos’s whimsical drawing and painting, which looks at narratives of personal, collective and colonial identity, get a reception starting at 9:30 p.m., followed by an artist talk the next day, May 28, at 2 p.m.

Kitchener-Waterloo and Area

The Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area’s 2016 biennial exhibition begins this week at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery on May 28, featuring artists including Jaime Angelopoulos and Jamelie Hassan, and focusing on public art. Related to the biennial, a number of public-art projects by festival and curatorial partner Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, and curatorial partners University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Idea Exchange Art and Design, Cambridge Sculpture Garden, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery and Critical Media Lab, will also be on view. Elsewhere, Polish-Canadian artist Leszek Wyczólkowski’s graphic, minimalist print work goes on view at the Idea Exchange, opening May 27 at 7 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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