Art this week

This week in art sees a tribute to Nadia Myre, the annual YES Arts Conference and Art Expo, more Art Matters shows, an artistic brunch, artworks for Radical Queer Semaine and a discussion on Inuit art from Nunavik.

Dil Hildebrand

Work by Dil Hildebrand at PFOAC


Friends, there is a LOT going on this week, so let’s get straight to it. First up, this weekend marks the annual YES Artists’ Conference: Business Skills for Creative Souls, taking place on Friday at Théâtre St-James (a ticketed event), followed by the YES Art Expo in the same venue (free entry), where dozens of up-and-coming local artists will display their works to the public on Friday evening and all day Saturday. The best part? You can WIN TICKETS to attend the conference for free by entering Cult MTL’s ticket giveaway contest here. Enter by noon Thursday for your chance to win. 265 St-Jacques W. See the Yes Montreal website for full details.


'Circle' from Scarscapes Series (2010) by Nadia Myre
‘Circle’ from Scarscapes Series (2010) by Nadia Myre at CIAC Benefit Show at Darling Foundry

The keynote speaker at Friday’s YES Conference will be 2014 Sobey Art Award winner and Montreal-based Algonquin artist Nadia Myre, whose critically important work deals with loss, language, identity and impacts of colonization. Myre will also be honoured Thursday evening at a gala cocktail benefit for CIAC (Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal) at the Darling Foundry, where her 2010 work Circle will be displayed as part of a group exhibit to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the organization. 745 Ottawa, Thursday, March 19, 5:30–8 p.m., $100 before 8 p.m., free from 8 p.m.–12 a.m.


Alright, I wanted to share those marquee events first, but what about the rest of the week? Tonight, Wednesday, Studio XX hosts a vernissage for an Art Matters exhibit called Impermanent Vacations, a show that uses vacation and travel photos and travel-inspired artworks to examine the tendency to curate our memories to reflect an ideal instead of accurate reality. Wednesday, March 18, 4001 Berri #201, 6–9 p.m.


'Poupée' by Zoé
‘Poupée’ by Zoé Duchesne at Arsenal

Thursday will be a big day, with the aforementioned CIAC benefit honouring Nadia Myre and a number of other openings and events. Among them is a vernissage with performances at Arsenal Montreal for artist and model Zoé Duchesne’s work Poupée, a collection of short films and photographs staged by the artist in styles reminiscent of silent films and theatrical performance that deal humorously with the existential crisis that occurs when one’s body is commodified for someone else’s business interests. You can see a trailer for the work here. Thursday, March 19, 2020 William, 6 p.m.


Over at the Belgo, two new shows are opening Thursday at Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (PFOAC) including a series of large, colour-saturated and angular paintings by Dil Hildebrand called A few good words that still work, and the tide (borrowed from a 1981 Margaret Atwood poem describing the tools of her trade). The highly textured works evoke the architecture of time-worn passageways like doorways and windows, places that involve some risk to both artist and audience to pass through and meet each other on the unknown other side. Thursday, March 19, 372 Ste-Catherine W. #216, 5–7:30 p.m.


Still from film by Jef Cornelis
Still from film by Jef Cornelis, screening at Articule

Articule invites you to a special event Thursday involving the screening of three films by Jef Cornelis, who spent decades creating Dutch-language documentaries for Belgian television about architecture, visual arts and literature, with a healthy dose of irony and social commentary. The films chosen for Thursday’s screenings deal with accessibility and openness of art in the context of the shifting social and political attitudes of the ‘60s. Part of Edith Brunette and François Lemieux’s exhibit Cuts Make the Country Better. Thursday, March 19, 262 Fairmount W., 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.


Thursday also marks the beginning of FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art) which will run until March 29. This year there’s a stellar lineup of films, so make sure to check out something new. Have a look at the full program here.


'Snow Blower' (2009) by Nunavik-based Inuit artist Jones Jessie Koneak
‘Snow Blower’ (2009) by Nunavik-based Inuit artist Jones Jessie Koneak

On Friday, the Aboriginal Art Research Group (AARG) is holding a panel discussion on Art Making in Nunavik at Concordia, looking at the state of artistic production among the Inuit people living in the northernmost third of Quebec, and the presence (or lack thereof) of Inuit art in the larger context of Canadian contemporary arts. Panelists include Concordia’s Dr. Heather Igloliorte and University of Laval’s Dr. Frédéric Laugrand. Friday, March 20, Concordia EV Building, 1515 Ste-Catherine W. #EV-1.605, 6 p.m.


Work by Vladimir at 1700 La Poste
Work by Vladimir at 1700 La Poste

Saturday marks a Canadian first with the vernissage for noted Serbian artist Vladimir Velickovic in his first exhibition in this country at 1700 La Poste, inside Little Burgundy’s beautifully restored romanesque Postal Station F. The larger than life works reveal a nightmarish world where men are ripped apart by violence and conflict, represented by attacking crows. Saturday, March 21, 1700 Notre-Dame W., 1 p.m.


On Sunday, have brunch with artist Holly Friesen at her exhibition of tranquil landscapes called Presence at Galerie EspaceSunday, March 22, 4844 St-Laurent, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.


Finally, on Sunday evening it’s time to celebrate the convergence of Radical Queer Semaine with a group exhibit at Meow Meow Productions, featuring 14 artists working through many disciplines like painting, photography and screenprinting. Sunday, March 22, 170 Jean-Talon W., 5–10 p.m.


Don’t forget to check the full listings below for even more openings, last calls for closing shows and ongoing exhibits this week in the Montreal arts scene!




March 18, 6–9 p.m.

Studio XX – 4001 Berri, #201

Art Matters: Impermanent Vacations – Group Show

To March 21


March 18, 7 p.m.

Leonardo da Vinci Centre – 8370 Lacordaire

Valeriya Khomar

To March 25


March 19, 5–8 p.m. Benefit + 8 p.m.–12 a.m. Open Soirée

Darling Foundry – 745 Ottawa

CIAC-MTL Benefit Exhibition – Group Show

To March 21


Work by Holly Friesen at Galerie Espace
Work by Holly Friesen at Galerie Espace

March 19, 5–8 p.m.

Galerie Espace – 4844 St-Laurent

Presence – Holly Friesen

To March 24 – Sunday Brunch with Art, March 22, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.


March 19, 6 p.m.

Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

Poupée – Zoé Duchesne

To April 19


March 19, 5–7:30 p.m.

Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (PFOAC) – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #216)

A Few Good Words That Still Work, And the Tide – Dil Hildebrand

Endless Paper – Nelson Henricks

To April 25


March 19, 5–7 p.m.

Montreal Center for Contemporary Textiles – 5800 St-Denis, #501

Correspondance 2 – Group Show

To April 30


March 19, 5–7 p.m.

Beaux-Arts des Amériques – 3944 St-Denis

Présences – Karen Thomson

To May 2


March 20, 6–9 p.m.

Montreal Art Centre – 1844 William

Flux – Annie Burgess

To March 26


March 20, 5–8 p.m.

Perte de Signal – 5445 de Gaspé, #107

Art Matters: The Tall Glass – Group Show

To March 28


March 21, 2–5 p.m.

Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal – 465 Mont Royal E.

Mal Floral – Sébastien Pesot

To April 26


Work by Vladimir at 1700 La Poste
Work by Vladimir Velickovic at 1700 La Poste

March 21, 1 p.m.

1700 La Poste – 1700 Notre-Dame W.

Vladimir Velickovic

to June 21


Last Call:


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Ma muse m’amuse – Steben Alexander

To March 18


Concordia University Webster Library Atrium – 1400 de Maisonneuve W.

Quebec on the Move – Centre for Community Organizations

To March 18


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Retour en images – Illustration Québec

To March 19


Eastern Bloc – 7240 Clark, 2nd Floor

Funeral Parlour // Embalm Your Digital Data – Audrey Samson (Residency)

To March 20


VAV Gallery – 1395 René-Lévesque W.

Art Matters: Oppression Aesthetics – Group Show

To March 20


Espace Cercle Carré – 36 Queen

Art Matters: There Is Something About Spaces – Group Show

To March 20 – Finissage March 20, 6–9 p.m.


Aux Vues – 783 Bienville

Art Matters: Intermittence – Group Show

To March 21


Arprim – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #426)

Mathieu Grenier

To March 21


Centre des Arts actuels Skol – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #314)

Feast – Maude Bernier-Chabot

To March 21


Galerie B-312 – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #403)

The Sound of Empty Space – Adam Basanta

LSS (Life Support System) – Ana Rewakowicz

To March 21


Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI) – 3680 Jeanne-Mance, #103

To Rebel is Justified – Chun Hua Catherine Dong

To March 21


Galerie Bernard – 3926 St-Denis

Continuum – Margit Hideg

To March 21


Optica – 5455 de Gaspé, #106

Études préparatoires. Dessins d’explosions 2012-2015 – Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf

Palazzo Chupi – Michael Blum

To March 21


Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery – Dawson College, 4001 de Maisonneuve

Trade / Gift / Purchase: Artists Collect – Group Show

To March 21


L’Atelier-Galerie A.Piroir – 5333 Casgrain, #802

Albert Dumouchel

To March 21


Galerie Division – 2020 William

You Won’t Believe (…) – Group Show

To March 21


Yellow Fish Art Gallery – 3623 St-Laurent

Art Matters: (Intimacy) Limits and Consequences – Group Show

To March 21


Galerie 203 – 203 Notre-Dame W.

Naked Silver – Alain Dahan

To March 22


Ongoing Shows:


E. K. Voland Art Gallery – 4710 St-Ambroise, #100

Object Art – Ber Lazarus

To March 23


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Sommet de l’Art – Group Show

To March 24


Musée du Rock’n’Roll – 2222 Ontario E.

Révolution Rock: The Emergence of Quebecois Rock’n’Roll 19641968

To March 24


Galerie C.O.A – 6405 St-Laurent

Art Matters: Survival Instinct – Group Show

To March 25 – Gala Vernissage March 21, 7 p.m. with DJ Excalibur


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Abstract Art: It’s Nice, But What Is It? – Group Show

To March 25


Fresh Paint 256 – 256 Ste-Catherine E.

Saints of Soul : Beauty Through Hardship – Miss Me

To March 25


OBORO – 4001 Berri, #301

fauxrmé – Deconstruction in Progress – Paolo Almario

To March 28


Galerie Trois Points – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #520)

Ensemble Opératoire – Michael Daigneault

Everything is Going Swimmingly – Nicolas Fleming

To March 28


Canadian Guild of Crafts – 1460-B Sherbrooke W.

Inuit Women Artists

To March 28


VOX Centre de l’Image Contemporaine – 2 Ste-Catherine E.,  #401

Faire des histoires – Nikki Forrest, Kim Kielhofner and GIV

To March 28


The McClure Gallery (Visual Arts Centre) – 350 Victoria

Pendulum – Maskull Lasserre

To March 28


OBORO – 4001 Berri, #301

Pianorignal – Spike Taylor (Residency)

To March 28 – Lou Reed Memorial Singalong March 25, 7 p.m.


Galerie d’Este – 4396 St-Laurent

Pass It On – Marigold Santos + Véronique La Perrière M. + Joani Tremblay

To March 29


Eleanor London Côte-Saint-Luc Public Library – 5851 Cavendish

Jugs and Mixed Media – Valeriya Khomar

To March 29


Cinéma du Parc – 3575 du Parc

Phil Oriani

To March 29


Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Celebrities – Group Show

To March 31


La Lumière du Mile End – 214 Bernard W.

Crystal Souls – Waxhead + Starkey

To March 31


Usine 106U – 160 Roy E.

Mars – Group Show

To March 31


BBAM! Gallery – 3255 St-Jacques

Dangerous.Delicious – Jessica Gaves

To April 3


Galerie LUZ – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #418)

Flashbacks – Léopold L. Foulem

Space Scapes – Marina Malvada

To April 4


Galerie Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Intrications – Jean-Sébastien Denis

Espaces momentanés – Jessica Peters

Tribute to Jacques Hurtubise

To April 4


Galerie Dominique Bouffard – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #508)

Mines: du sol au tréfonds – Isa B

Caput Mortuum – Vincent London

To April 4


Le Gesù – 1200 Bleury

QuébécoisEs, musulmanEs… et après – Group Show

To April 4


DHC/ART – 451 & 465 St-Jean

Immatériel – Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

To April 4


Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

Boom Boom Puffy Cloud – Manuel Bujold

Materiology – Katherine Melançon

To April 5


FOFA Gallery (Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts) – 1515 Ste-Catherine W.

Orderly Objects / Unbuilt Spaces – Chloé Desjardins + Simone Rochon

Spectrales – Alice Jarry

La clinique alchimique – Véronique La Perrière M.

To April 10


Galerie Lilian Rodriguez – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #405)

Denser Than Night – Laura Findlay

Hybrides – José Luis Torres

To April 11


Visual Voice Art Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #421)

Bee Works – Sarah Hatton

To April 11


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Love Me, Love My Doll – Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron

To April 11


Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

Through the Scapes of Your Memory – Andréanne Godin

To April 11


Galerie de l’UQAM – 1400 Berri, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Local J-R 120

The Political Nightfall – Aude Moreau

To April 11


Galerie Laroche/Joncas – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #410)

Glacial – Leslie Reid

To April 11


Galerie Donald Browne – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #528)

Near You No Cold: Part 1 – Raymonde April

To April 11


Les Territoires – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #527)

La Théorie du Complot – Mathieu Lambert

To April 11


Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Cuts Make the Country Better – Edith Brunette + François Lemieux

To April 12


Centre de design de l’UQAM – 1440 Sanguinet

24 hours in the life of a Swiss cuckoo clock

To April 12


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Love in Fine Fashion

To April 12


Galerie Hugues Charbonneau – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #308)

Instantés, peut-être – Alain Paiement

To April 18


Centre CLARK – 5455 de Gaspé, #114

Near You No Cold: Part 2 – Raymonde April

Walk With Me – Libby Hague

Enter Me Tonight – Li Alin – Book Launch March 26, 5 p.m.

To April 18 – Artist Talk April 18, 3 p.m.


Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – 1892 Payette

La ligne bleu – Aude Moreau

To April 18


SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg  #507)

Talk Show – El Instituto

To April 18


ARTVstudio – 1600 St-Urbain

Montréal Créative

To April 18


Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery – 1400 de Maisonneuve W., Ground Floor

World of Matter: Exposing Resource Ecologies

To April 18


Dazibao – 5455 de Gaspé,  #109

Almost Six Pieces – Reynold Reynolds (Gallery Space) – Screening of ‘The Lost’ April 8, 7 p.m.

Chantal du Pont (Screening Room)

To April 18


Musée du costume et du textile du Québec (MCTQ) – 363 de la Commune E.

Chic & Choc

To April 18


Maison de la culture Frontenac – 2550 Ontario E.

Zones! – Group Show

To April 19


Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

Moving Still / Still Moving – Group Show

Fracture – Jannick Deslauriers

Cry Babies – Jonathan Hobin

To April 25


Occurrence – 5455 de Gaspé, #108

Le présage – Josée Pedneault

Alarm Songs: Leisure Machine – Dominique Sirois

To April 25


Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105

Appearances – Wieslaw Haladaj

To April 25 – Finissage with Artist Talk April 25, 4 p.m.


Maison de la culture de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – 3755 Botrel

La résistance – Jinny Yu

Sublimer le tranquille – André Dubois

To April 26


Fondation Guido Molinari – 3290 Ste-Catherine E.

Multi noirs, 1997–2014 – Francine Savard

Goguen, Molinari, Drawings 1954–1959

To April 26


Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History – 350 Place Royale

The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

To April 26


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Rooms You May Have Missed – Bijoy Jain + Umberto Riva

To April 29


CIRCA art actuel – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #444)

Angles de dérive – Amélie Proulx

In the Pit of Idolatry – Gabriel Morest

To May 2


TOHU – 2345 Jarry

Kiribati en péril – Matthieu Rytz

To May 3


Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

PRISM – David Spriggs

To May 9


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – 185 Ste-Catherine W.

Sophie Calle: For the Last and First Time

Simon Starling: Metamorphology

To May 10


Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Semina Percurrenta: From Both Sides of the Border – Jean-Simon Trottier + Montserrat Duran Muntades

To May 15


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Industrial Architecture: Ábalos & Herreros selected by OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen

To May 17


Galerie Lounge TD – 307 Ste-Catherine W., Second Floor

La vie est déjà ailleurs – Pierre Gauvreau + Janine Carreau

To May 24


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Mégantic in Pictures – Benoit Aquin

To May 24, 2015


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marvels and Mirages of Orientalism – Benjamin-Constant in His Time

To May 31


Galerie Thomas Henry Ross – 5445 de Gaspé, #423

Capitalism in the 21st Century

To June 19


Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) – 185 Ste-Catherine W.

New Discoveries and Other Obsessions

To Sept. 27