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This Week: Art Spiegelman, Material Traces & More

Across Canada February 14 to 20, 2013

The next seven days sees the opening of a major exhibition on a comic-arts master, a group show on time and gesture in contemporary art, the debut of the Reel Artists Film Festival 2013 and much more. For other listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, please visit

February 14 at 7:30 p.m.: Lecture by Coco Fusco at Prefix ICA, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
New York–based interdisciplinary artist, writer and Parsons School director of intermedia initiatives Coco Fusco speaks about her recent work on the Plaza de la Revolucíon in Havana, comparing and contrasting it with active public spaces in other parts of the world.

February 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.: “Officially Bilingual” performances at Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria
Artist-run centre Open Space has been hosting some compelling readings and events of late. The latest installment features Quebec performance artists Richard Martel and Julie Andrée T. in collaboration with local practitioners. The gallery says that the title suggests “an active engagement with the unique language of performance actions as much as a play on Canada’s national language policy.”

February 16: First day for Art Spiegelman at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Touted as the first retrospective exhibition of acclaimed comic artist Art Spiegelman, “CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps” promises to include examples from all facets of the artist’s diverse career: from underground comix of the 1970s to his bestselling book Maus and beyond. Fans will also want to check out his lecture at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. (And we’d be remiss not to mention another great event at the VAG this week—Victor Burgin in conversation with Ian Wallace on February 19, the final talk in the Reading Ian Wallace series.)

February 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.: Opening for “Material Traces” at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, 1400 boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal
Is art an object or a process? Is it “material” or a “trace”? Feminist art historian and Montreal resident Amelia Jones curates this group show to present work that foregrounds these questions. Artists are a mix of international and Canadian, including Francis Alÿs, Andrew Dadson and Tricia Middleton.

February 20 at 7 p.m.: Opening night screening and celebration for the Reel Artists Film Festival, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto
The 10th anniversary of RAFF kicks off with a screening of special excerpts from the yet-to-be-released doc HERB & DOROTHY 50X50, about the unexpectedly prolific New York collectors Herbert and Dorothy Vogel. For more information, read our interview with Vogel, or check out the RAFF site for more information about talks by Mickalene Thomas, Mario Garcia Torres and other international art figures at the festival.

For other listings of art openings, exhibitions and events, please visit

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