The Mendel Art Gallery celebrates its 50th this week with “Modern Visions,” an exhibition of some 150 works from the gallery’s 7,000+ permanent collection. It opens September 26 at 7 p.m. Also on tap is Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, happening at various venues from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on September 27.
Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche takes place at sites across the downtown, Exchange District and St. Boniface from sunset until late on September 27. Among the highlights is the opening of“Dali Up Close” and “Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery” at theWinnipeg Art Gallery at 8 p.m.; the gallery will also be hosting screenings of Surrealist films and some contemporary dance performances, as well as a rooftop DJ. Elsewhere, Ruth Cuthand’s vital touring exhibition “Back Talk” opens at Plug In at 7 p.m. on the same evening alongside Andrea Carlson’s “Eat-All.”
American artist Theaster Gates, renowned for his work in social practice and installation, speaks with curator Pamela Edmonds at Prefix on September 25 at 7:30 p.m. Elsewhere,Harbourfront Centre—located about as far from the Toronto suburbs as it is possible to get in the GTA!—launches a series of exhibitions that look at suburbia as a theme on September 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. The shows include new work by Robert Burley, known for his in-depth documentation of the demise of photographic industries in the Toronto suburbs and elsewhere. And get ready for spirited discussion at “Bread & Circuses: The Costs & Benefits of Art Festivals,” a Canadian Art/Scotiabank Nuit Blanche talk featuring artist Gwen MacGregor, curator Janine Marchessault and critic Murray Whyte on October 1 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at OCADU.
“D’un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant / Actors, Networks, Theories,” opening at Dazibao on September 25, continues a series of explorations begun a few months back at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery. Curated by Vincent Bonin, the exhibition addresses how French theory was assimilated by anglophone art milieus from the late 1970s to the present. On the commercial scene, Francois Morelli debuts new work at Galerie Joyce Yahouda on September 27. “Trans Time,” billed as the first international trans artist show in Montreal, includes work by Heather Cassils, Rae Spoon and others beginning September 25 at 7 p.m. at Galerie L’espace creative. And Canadian Art’s own David Balzerlectures in relation to his new book Curationism on September 25 at 6 p.m. at Concordia University as well as September 26 at 7 p.m. at Drawn & Quarterly.
The seventh edition of the Mountain Standard Time Festival—a performative art biennial—kicks off September 26. Among the highlights is Andrew McPhail’s Crybaby, opening September 26 at 8 p.m. at the Untitled Contemporary Art Main Space. A performance coincides with the opening. The Glenbow launches its fall exhibitions September 27 at 7 p.m., including “Made in Calgary: The 2000s” and the topical“Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775 – 2012.” Finally, M.N. Hutchinson offers an eccentric view of the domestic still life in photographs debuting atPith Gallery on September 26 at 8 p.m.
VANCOUVER & AREA
The BIKEnnale/WALKennale, a family-friendly tour of public art by the Vancouver Biennale, takes place in Squamish on September 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Vancouver on September 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and North Vancouver on September 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On a more bookish, less outdoorsy note,Western Front hosts a reading and launch of a new publication by Mark DeLong on September 25 at 8 p.m.
Samuel Roy-Bois’s startling approach to space, architecture and installation opens September 29 at 5 p.m. at the Carleton University Art Gallery. The gallery also, on the same evening, opens “Raymond Boisjoly: Interlocutions,” a new body of work the artist will also explore in a talk on September 30 at 7 p.m. “Storytelling,” a noteworthy First Nations art biennial on at the Ottawa School of Art’s Orleans Campus Gallery and the main floor of the Shenkman Arts Centre, hosts an artist talk by Adrian Stimson, as well as a reception, on September 28 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. And Australian art historian Terry Smith talks about curating contemporaneity on September 25 at 6 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada.
Much of our impression of the Arctic is based on information from outsiders who have visited—the writings, prints, paintings, photographs and moving pictures created by early explorers, news journalists, researchers and adventurers. But the exhibition “Northern Exposure,” opening September 25 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, adds works from people who come from or live in the north to the conversation. It examines the Arctic and the social, climatic, geopolitical, and other issues its people face today—especially timely given the recent excitement over the Franklin expedition discoveries.
The late Lynne Cohen’s work remains as contemporary as ever, and “False Clues,” a touring show opening September 26 at 7 p.m. at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, offers an unparalleled display of some of her most important photographs. In an interesting turn, Cohen’s show—bound, as usual, to make the mundane seem somewhat otherworldly—is paired with Jason de Haan’s “Everywhere Ghostly is Nowhere Bodily,” opening the same evening and offering a different kind of rumination on the strangeness of time and space.