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Stampede Dialectics and Four More Unexpected Art Recommendations

Calgary’s big party meets East-Coast contemporary aboriginal art and a must-see photo lecture in our art picks for the week ahead, July 5 to 11.

July 5, 4 p.m.: Openings for “Narrative Quest” and “My Stampede” at MOCA Calgary, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary
The 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede—as well as the downside of its colonial legacy—is commemorated at MOCA Calgary in two shows: “Narrative Quest,” which draws on contemporary First Nations art in the Alberta Foundation of the Arts collection, and “My Stampede,” which consists of selections from the Stampede archives.

July 5, 7 p.m.: Lecture by Greg Girard at ECUAD, 1399 Johnston Street
One of Canada’s most evocative and cinematic photographers, Girard recently returned to Vancouver following 30 years of living and working in Asia; here, at Emily Carr, he gives a rare lecture about his product and process.

July 6 at 7 p.m.: Opening of “Snapshot” at the Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street, Halifax
This exhibition on East-Coast contemporary aboriginal art, curated by Alan Syliboy, includes work by Ursula Johnson, Charles Doucette, Jerry Evans, Fannie Francis, Dozay Christmas and Gerald Gloade.

July 6: First day for Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky at Plug In ICA, 460 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Toronto artists Flanders and Sawatzky—also known as Public Studio—bring their acclaimed installation Road Movie, which debuted at Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and went on to the Berlin International Film Festival, to Winnipeg.

July 11 at 7 p.m.: Talk by Vera Frenkel and Ihor Holubizky at the Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West
A famously frank Toronto art-scene veteran, Vera Frenkel here discusses the history of the city’s artmaking, specifically that related to the Power Plant, with a past curator there.

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