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Must-Sees This Week: October 5 to 11, 2017

New works by Kent Monkman go on view in Montreal this week in the exhibition “The Human Zoo”

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 more listings of worthwhile shows that are already open.


Kent Monkman debuts new video-paintings and prints in the exhibition “The Human Zoo,” which opens October 7 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.

The first full day of DHC/ART’s 10th anniversary exhibition “L’Offre” is on October 5. Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran presents Nicolas Grenier’s exhibition “Precarious Geographies” with a vernissage October 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. A Montreal- and Los Angeles–based artist, Nicolas Grenier is known for his plural art practices.

Projet Pangée presents new work by Anjuli Rathod and Vanessa Brown titled “The Far Off Blue Places” starting on October 5, with a receptoin from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on that day. Join a guided tour of Momenta Biennale shows at Galerie B-312, Galerie Trois Points and Galerie Hugues Charbonneau on October 7 at 12:30 p.m.

A solo exhibition of works by Cynthia Girard-Renard beings at Musée d’art de Joliette on October 7. On October 11 at 6 p.m., Diagonale will host Berlin artist Nicolas Puyjalon for a performance inspired by the 1962 sci-fi novel Drowned World by James G. Ballard.

Karine Frechette opens new works at Galerie McClure on October 5 at 6 p.m., with a talk at 7 p.m. that evening. Abstract works by Jean-Paul Jérome go on view at Galerie d’Este starting on October 5 from 5 to 8 p.m.

In closings: “Pierre Julien: Blue Prints” and “Tristram Lansdowne: Modal Home” wrap up at Galerie Nicolas Robert on October 7.


A touring career retrospective of artist Alex Janvier—a residential school survivor and founding member of the “Indian Group of Seven”—opens at the McMichael on October 7. “Ken Nicol: a thing worth doing,” featuring new work by the artist, opens October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Olga Korper Gallery.

New works by Stephen Appleby-Barr debut in the exhibition “Corvidae,” opening October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nicholas Metivier Gallery. Artist Lisa Myers gives at talk at Onsite Gallery on October 10 at 7 p.m. She is one of the artists featured in the gallery’s show “raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015).”

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art presents “The Labour of Commemoration,” an exhibition by Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics, with an opening on October 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. The exhibition represents the culmination of more than a decade of research into the history of the post-1989 Berlin Wall.

Barbara Edwards Contemporary presents a solo exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Medrie MacPhee. In 2012, MacPhee began a fake fashion line (RELAX) out of clothing scavenged in cheap discount stores, and her new work reflects a further turn away from architectural themes of her past oeuvre.

Artists Regina José Galindo, Osvaldo Ramírez Castillo and Underline are featured in the exhibition “Vehemence,” opening October 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Sur Gallery. Artist talks will happen at 8 p.m. The exhibition explores the human body as a site of trauma and memory.

Mindy Yan Miller‘s “Two Cows and a Coke” and “John Abrams: Spring, French River” open October 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Loop. “Pareidolia,” an exhibition of paintings by Toronto based artist P. Elaine Sharpe, opens at Wil Kucey Gallery on October 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

A bus tour of some important craft-related exhibitions will depart Craft Ontario on October 7 at 12 p.m., and head to Emily Jan’s After the Hunt at Hamilton Artists Inc. and the Canadian Craft Biennial at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

In closings: “In Dialogue” and “Making Models” finish at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto on October 7; the massive EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology finishes October 8 at 21 Don Roadway; Scott Everingham‘s exhibition of recent paintings ends at General Hardware on October 7; shows by Ellen Bleiwas and Greg Haberny wrap up at Angell Gallery on October 7.


Walid Raad is in conversation with Jayce Salloum on Beirut on October 10 at 7 p.m. at Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Center, SFU Vancouver. That’s a prelude to the opening of Raad’s exhibition “Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut 1994),” which takes place October 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Audain Gallery. There will also be a Walid Raad artist talk October 11 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence talks take place October 10 at 6 p.m. at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. This year the program features Filipino artists Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, who produce collaborative artworks that use the processes of collecting to express ideas of migration, family and memory. While participating in the residency, they will be making a large site-specific installation in the Libby Leshgold Gallery as their contribution to the upcoming group exhibition entitled “The Pacific.”

Anthony Phillips and Timothy Taylor engage in a conversation on memory at the Belkin Art Gallery on October 11 at 7 p.m. Phillips is a professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry while Timothy Taylor is associate professor of fiction and non-fiction in the UBC Creative Writing Program.


“Future Memories (Present Tense): Contemporary Practices in Perspective” features six Indigenous artists at ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery, including Sonny Assu, Mark Igloliorte, Meryl McMaster, Peter Morin, Rolande Souliere and Adrian Stimson. The exhibition opens October 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. There is also a related symposium October 4 and 5 at the gallery, which includes Canadian Art Indigenous editor-at-large Lindsay Nixon.

Sandra Sawatzky‘s 220-foot, hand-stitched history of oil, titled Black Gold Tapestry, debuts at the Glenbow Museum on October 7.  “Reimagining Boundaries,” an exhibition tour with Elizabeth Diggon, examines current Esker Foundation shows by Mary Anne Barkhouse and Postcommodity. It takes place October 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. On October 10 at 7 p.m. at Contemporary Calgary, join a community consultation to assist the organization in determining a course for its future. (Just a few weeks ago, Contemporary Calgary decided to pull out of a plan to reno the city’s old planetarium as an art space.)


“The Halifax Explosion”—including five projects to commemorate the centennial year of the Halifax Explosion—opens October 11 at 6 p.m. at the Dalhousie Art Gallery. There will be a panel at 7 p.m. nearby in the James Dunn Theatre, with reception in the gallery to follow. Watch for projects by Narratives in Space + Time Society and artist Claire Hodge—as well as a unique curatorial venture by Paige Connell, Peter Dykhuis and Allan Ruffman that focuses on Arthur Lismer‘s prints of the Halifax Explosion aftermath. James Boxall, director of the GISciences Centre at Dalhousie University has also undertaken a project to create a digital platform that recreates historic images of Halifax in 2D and 3D.

Thierry Delva and Steven Holmes were MFA students together at NSCAD in 1992. In the years since, each has developed a career in the visual arts: Delva as a professor at NSCAD, and Holmes as a curator living and working in the US. “25”—opening October 5 at 6 p.m. at Hermes—is an exhibition that marks 25 years of conversation and argument about art.

New Khyber artist in residence Ryan Josey gives a talk on October 10 from 12 to 2 p.m. about his work, which is interested in the idea of queerness as meaning “out of place.”

STRIKESergei Eisenstein‘s stylized and theatrical film dramatizing a labour strike at a Czarist-era heavy manufacturing facility—gets screened with a live score by Mohammad Sahraei and guests at 7 p.m. at the Paul O’Regan Hall at Halifax Central Library.


On October 7, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s show “Beyond the Edges: Geometry + Art” opens with a public open house. The exhibition questions dominant Modernist art histories and instead favours cross-cultural and -temporal explorations of the possible meanings of geometry in art. With an emphasis on artists of the West Coast, “Beyond the Edges” features works from the collection by such figures as Lawren S. Harris, Jan Zach, Elza Mayhew, B.C. Binning, Roy Kiyooka, Rita Letendre, Takao Tanabe, Susan Point and Luanne Martineau.

And closing at the AGGV on October 8 is “Moving Forward by Looking Back, The First 30 Years of Collecting Art at the AGGV.”


Evans Contemporary and Star X present “The Exhausted Sky,” a new body of work by Japanese photographer Mamoru Tsukada, starting with a reception October 6 from 6 p.m. onwards. By photographing the sky at three locations related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima—Berlin, Hiroshima and the Trinity test site in New Mexico—Tsukada speculates on the cause and consequence of power, fear and the realities of human survival.

The [in]Sites performance series continues with a talk by Brian Solomon and Aria Evans on October 11 at 12 p.m. at Nozhem First Peoples’ Performance Space at Trent University.


Join in on a roundtable October 11 at 5 p.m. at Vu; the talk addresses degradation of the image, death and the demise of certain practices. The talk will be moderated by artist and curator Hélène Matte and artists Moïa Jobin-Paré et Annie St-Jean, who are currently part of the exhibition “Goodbye to photography” at Maison Hamel-Bruneau.


Fiona Kinsella: In Progress” begins October 6 at the Assembly in Hamilton. Here, Kinsella presents work in progress: a selection of recent and new oil paintings developed during the exhibition.


Library Gallery will open an exhibition entitled “Cliff Eyland: Recent Works” on October 6 from 1 to 9 p.m. The gallery has been on hiatus since Eyland had a double lung transplant in November 2016.

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