Art this week

Vernissages, conferences and art parties coming at you all weekend long in Montreal’s arts scene.

DHC Homeless Child 3 detail Shonibare

Work by Yinka Shonibare MBE at DHC/ART


It’s another jam-packed week in Montreal arts with a couple of dozen new shows opening, more end-of-semester opportunities to see work by graduating students and a number of artist talks, performances and special events.


A big new show has just opened at DHC/ART—Pièces de résistance is the first Canadian solo exhibition for British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. The vernissage already took place Tuesday night (a little early for this column), but you’ll have until September to explore the works—including sculptures, films, photographs and screen-prints that incorporate Shonibare’s signature use of Dutch-wax printed textiles to consider questions of identity and culture, authenticity and appropriation, and intersections of race, class and gender. There’s a lot to unpack here, but luckily there will be several opportunities throughout the run to take advantage of a guided tour by curator Cheryl Sim, with the first one coming up on May 16. 451 & 465 St-Jean, exhibit ongoing with guided tour Saturday, May 16, 4 p.m.


Work by Olivia McGilchrist at Concordia's '404 Error Not Found' show
Work by Olivia McGilchrist at Concordia’s ‘Error 404 Not Found’ show

There’s lots to see tonight, Thursday, with 10 different vernissages to choose from plus a few other treats. At Concordia’s FOFA Gallery, take in a curator-guided tour of a show that we mentioned here last week: The Rebel Yells: Dress and Political Re-Dress in Contemporary Indigenous Art featuring works by several artists influenced by Shelley Niro. Afterwards, head up to the sixth and seventh floors to see work by graduating students from the Design and Computation Arts program in two shows, Forward Slash (undergrads) and 404 Error Not Found (graduates). Expect to see a wide variety of new media works including graphics, 3D video games, interactive installations and even a virtual reality capsule viewed through an oculus rift. 1515 Ste-Catherine W., guided tour of The Rebel Yells at 5 p.m., vernissages from 6–11 p.m. in rooms EV-6.735 / 6.745 and EV-7.735 / 7.745


Work by at Station 16
Work by Peter Andrew Lusztyk and Derek Blais at Station 16

Also Thursday, check out a new photography exhibit called Point Blank at Station 16 featuring work by Toronto artists Peter Andrew Lusztyk and Derek Blais that will have you staring down the barrel of a gun. Billed as ‘portraits’ and shot to present the subjects as powerful but flawed individuals, the large-scale black and white images are not intended to be political statements, so you’ll have to insert your own social commentary. 3523 St-Laurent, Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.


In Mile End Thursday, Atelier Circulaire opens a show of engravings by Louis-Pierre Bougie that draw parallels between the human and animal worlds. 5445 de Gaspé #105, Thursday, April 30, 5:30 p.m.


Work by Henricks at Dazibao
Work by Nelson Henricks at Dazibao

Just up the street at Dazibao, Nelson Henricks presents A Lecture on Arton Thursday, a four-part exhibition that creates visuals from the symbols we use to transmit ideas to each other — namely the alphabet. The namesake work draws from a lecture given by Oscar Wilde to create a four-screen video installation that focuses on the sensory experience of the way the words sound more than their meaning. 5455 de Gaspé #109, Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.


Friday is May Day, International Day of the Worker, and a thematic exhibition will launch at Monastiraki with Spare Some Social Change (Nothing Has Changed) by Mathieu Beauséjour, a multimedia artist with a long history of creating art that reflects current and historical power struggles by using cultural symbols borrowed from money, the monarchy, protest anthems and more. Works by Carl Campeau will also be on display throughout the month. 5478 St-Laurent, Friday, May 1, 6–9 p.m.


Work by Benoit Aquin from his 'Mégantic' photo series
Work by Benoit Aquin from his ‘Mégantic’ photo series

Also Friday, stop by Apollo Studios for a collaboration with Galerie Hugues Charbonneau to present a group show featuring works by Jean-Benoit Pouliot, David Lafrance, Trevor Gould, Benoit Aquin and Alain Paiement. 136A St-Paul E., Friday, May 1, 6:30 p.m.


At the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) on Saturday, artist-run centre Articule hosts the third edition of Montréal Monochrome, a conference intended to address the lack of representation of Indigenous artists and artists of colour across Montreal’s exhibition spaces. This year’s edition is presented with the theme of Un-Doing the Authentic with a program including performances, workshops, presentations and panel discussion with Montreal luminaries such as Nomadic Massive’s Nantali Indongo, the Narcicyst and Winnie SuperHova. Participation is free, but space is limited, so you’re encouraged to register ahead of time with Articule. MAC, Beverly Webster Rolph Hall, 185 Ste-Catherine W., Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Work by Séripop at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau
Work by Séripop at Galerie Hugues Charbonneau

Plenty of shows are happening on Saturday as well, including a highlight in Galerie Hugues Charbonneau’s Belgo space featuring 2015 Sobey art prize longlisted duo Séripop (Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau), who you may remember from their punk rock days as musicians with AIDS Wolf. The show, The Face Stayed East and the Mouth Went West (elements) uses light-boxes, photography and performance to present and interact with the duo’s sculptural installations that evoke the urban environment. 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #308), Saturday, May 2, 3–5 p.m.


An exhibition of portraiture called Kaleidoscope is opening Saturday at Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal featuring works by Kiran Ambwani and Florence So, in conjunction with the beginning of the Accès Asie Festival. Depicted in the portraits are artists who have presented work at the festival over the past 20 years. 465 Mont Royal E., Saturday, May 2, 2–4 p.m.


Keep heading North Saturday and stop in at Art Mûr, where five new shows are opening, including Foundations by L.A. artist Lori Cozen Geller whose simply shaped sculptures tell a story when juxtaposed alongside slivers and donut holes sliced away from their forms. 5826 St-Hubert, Saturday, May 2, 3–5 p.m.


Work by Michael Reeder at Galerie C.O.A
Work by Michael Reeder at Galerie C.O.A

Still later Saturday in Little Italy’s Galerie C.O.A, check out the group show Visions with paintings and sculptures by artists like Michael Reeder, Adrian Landon Brooks and Eric Godin. 6405 St-Laurent, Saturday, May 2, 5–8 p.m.


Finally, get your dance on Saturday night at a fundraiser party for La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse at Cabaret Playhouse hosted by Kama la Mackerel and featuring a line-up of DJs and prizes to give away. 4296 St-Laurent, Saturday, May 2, 10 p.m., $10 at the door.


Don’t forget to check out the full listings below for even more openings, last calls on closing shows and ongoing exhibitions!




April 30, 6–10 p.m.

Forward Slash – 1515 Ste-Catherine W., EV-7.735 / 7.745

Forward Slash 15 – Concordia University Design and Computation Arts Undergraduates

To May 3


April 30, 6–10 p.m.

Error 404 Not Found – 1515 Ste-Catherine W., EV-6.735 / 6.745

Error 404 Not Found– Concordia University Design and Computation Arts Graduates

To May 3


April 30, 5–8 p.m.

Galerie l’Artiste – 1121 de Bellechasse

Électique – Viviane Arsenault

To May 3


April 30

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

After image (Swan Songs) – Fiona Annis

To May 21


April 30, 5:30 p.m.

Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105

Autour du bestiaire – Louis-Pierre Bougie

To May 23


April 30, 6 p.m.

The McClure Gallery (Visual Arts Centre) – 350 Victoria

The Figure Revisited – Jennifer Hornyak

To May 23


April 30, 5–7 p.m.

La Castiglione – 5761 St-Laurent

Lumière – Group Show

To May 24


April 30, 5:30 p.m.

Galerie d’Art d’Outremont – 41 St-Just

Traverser le miroir – Allison Moore + Arthur Desmarteaux

To May 24


April 30, 7 p.m.

Station 16 – 3523 St-Laurent

Point Blank – Peter Andrew Lusztyk + Derek Blais

To May 24


April 30, 5 p.m.

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

De choses et d’autres (bis) – Samuel St-Aubin

Retrospective: 20 Years of History in Jewellery – Anne-Marie Chagnon

To June 14


April 30, 7 p.m.

Dazibao – 5455 de Gaspé,  #109

A Lecture on Art – Nelson Henricks (Gallery Space)

VTAPE (Screening Room)

To June 20


May 1, 6:30 p.m.

Apollo Studios – 136A St-Paul E.

Jean-Benoit Pouliot + David Lafrance + Trevor Gould + Benoit Aquin + Alain Paiement


May 1, 5–8 p.m.

Galerie d’Este – 4396 St-Laurent

Ignition – Concordia Ceramic Students’ Association

To May 7


May 1, 5:30 p.m.

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

They Live – Pierre Durette

To May 20


May 1, 6–9 p.m.

Monastiraki – 5478 St-Laurent

Jours Ouvrables – Carl Campeau

Spare Some Social Change (Nothing Has Changed) – Mathieu Beauséjour

To May 31


May 2, 5–8 p.m.

Galerie C.O.A – 6405 St-Laurent

Vision – Group Show

To May 30


May 2, 3–5 p.m.

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

The Face Stayed East and the Mouth Went West (elements) – Séripop (Chloe Lum + Yannick Desranleau)

To June 6


May 2, 5 p.m.

OBORO – 4001 Berri, #301

Vaste et évident / Mind Way / Shin-Dao – Art for the Good of the Other – suschnee + bryan mulvihill

To June 6


May 2, 2–4 p.m.

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

Accès Asie: Kaleidoscope – Kiran Ambwani + Florence So

To June 7


May 2, 3–5 p.m.

Art Mûr – 5826 St-Hubert

The Black Room – Robbie Cornelissen

Foundations – Lori Cozen Geller

Tout se perd, rien ne se crée – Michel Piquette

Colour Play – Barbara Todd

Resurfacing – Henri Venne

To June 20


May 2

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

The Short Form – Group Show

To July 11


May 3, 3 p.m.

Foufounes Electriques – 87 Ste-Catherine E.

Expo 106U – Group Show

To May 29


Last Call:


Expo de Casier – Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, 1400 Berri, #J-5097

Julie Maude Gosselin + Simon Déragon

To April 30


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

Correspondance 2 – Group Show

To April 30


Mouseprint Gallery – 1515 Ste-Catherine W., EV-9.416

Sketch – Group Show

To April 30


Death of Vinyl – 6307 St-Laurent

Hyperdoodling HallucinoGenesis – John Lanthier

To April 30


Centre Culturel Simon Bolivar – 394 de Maisonneuve W.

Projet Mueve – Group Show

To April 30


Artexte – 2 Ste-Catherine E., #301

[Dis]Identifications: Challenging Dominant Narratives of Black people in Canada – EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group)

Tracing Asian Canadian Art Histories and Aesthetic Alliances – EAHR (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group)

To April 30


Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Monsters – Group Show

To April 30


Galerie d’Avignon – 88 Laurier E.

Yves Décarie

To April 30


Galerie 203 – 203 Notre-Dame W.

Ozereso – François La Borie

To April 30


VAV Gallery – 1395 René-Lévesque W.

Eponyme – Graduating Photography Students Group Show

To May 1


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

Bee Works – Sarah Hatton

To May 2


Canadian Guild of Crafts – 1460-B Sherbrooke W.

Go Big or Go Home! – Filipa Pimentel

To May 2


Galerie Bernard – 3926 St-Denis

Souvenirs Focus – Robert Deschênes

To May 2


Diagonale – 5455 de Gaspé, #110

Pelt (Bestiary) – Ingrid Bachmann

To May 2


Beaux-Arts des Amériques – 3944 St-Denis

Présences – Karen Thomson

To May 2


Galerie Richelieu – 7903 St-Denis

Luce Lamoureux

To May 2


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


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

L’anatomie du Bling – Sébastien Pesot

To May 2


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

Galerie I: Marble Intimacy – Elise Lafontaine + Jonathan Théroux

Galerie II: Every Riven Thing – Daisy Tsai

To May 2


Galerie Gora – 279 Sherbrooke W., #205

Pierre Paquin

To May 2


TOHU – 2345 Jarry

Kiribati en péril – Matthieu Rytz

To May 3


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Jean-Claude Poitras


To May 3


Fresh Paint 256 – 256 Ste-Catherine E.

Work In Progress – MC Baldassari

To May 3


Ongoing Shows:


L’Espace Culturel Georges Émile Lapalme (Place des Arts) – 175

Ste-Catherine W.

Have Fingers Will Travel – A Tribute to Oliver Jones – Group Show

To May 4


Galerie Le 1040 – 1040 Marie-Anne E.

Mariana Theriot Loisel

To May 4


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

Trove – Carolina Echeverria + Julia Pomeroy

To May 5


Espace 40 (Mile End) – 160 St-Viateur E., #108

XL3 – Group Show

To May 8


Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

PRISM – David Spriggs

To May 9


Montreal City Hall – 275 Notre-Dame E.

Mon QuotiDien

To May 9


Joyce Yahouda Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #516)

The Stranger Who Licked Salt Back Into Our Eyes – Brent Meistre

To May 9


Maison de la culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville – 10300 Lajeunesse

Câliboire – Simon Beaudry

To May 9


Joyce Yahouda Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #516)

Banque du Canada – Moridja Kitenge Banza

Cris et Féminités – Nathalie Rodach

To May 9


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

Tableaux récents – Richard Mill

To May 9


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

La création de l’univers – Emmanuelle Jacques

To May 9


Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain Project Space (PFOAC221) – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #221)

Lucie Duval

To May 9


POPOP Gallery – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #442)

The Cleansing – Tammy Salzl

To May 9


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

Passage à découvert 2015 – Group show of graduating BFA students

To May 9


Centre de design de l’UQAM – 1440 Sanguinet

Le Printemps en design – 40th Anniversary Exhibition

To May 10


Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

Film Scores – Sarah Nind

The Beauty in the Banal – Martin Ouellette

To May 10


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


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Ultramarine – Group Show

To May 10


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Lumière de brume – Michel Monett

Jérôme Grenier

To May 12


Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

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

To May 15


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Face – Insoon Ha

To May 15


Galerie Graff – 963 Rachel E.

Les Minutes – Raphaëlle de Groot

To May 16


Galerie Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Papier Calque II – Serial Colour – Group Show

Blue – Catherine Farish

Prints – Sean Scully

To May 16


Galerie Patrick Mikhail – 4445 St-Antoine W.

Dire Oui (Say Yes) – Jennifer Lefort

To May 16


Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

To Remember Through Previous Works on PaperRobert Houle Retrospective 1980–2015

To May 16


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

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

To May 17


Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord – 12004 Rolland

Noce – Maude Bernier-Chabot

To May 17


Han Art – 4209 Ste-Catherine W.

For All We Know – Catherine Everett

To May 18


Alt Art & Design – 3963 Ste-Catherine E.

Urbanité – Group Show

To May 22


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

À vol d’ourse – Dan Brault

To May 23


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

Deux dessins et quelque figures – Laurent Pilon

To May 23


Galerie Roger Bellemare – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #502)

Un pays de Merveilles – Group Show

To May 23


Art45 – 372 Ste-Catherine W. (Belgo Bldg #220)

Michael Smith

To May 23


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

My Prisoner – Velibor Božović

Euh…non pas le premier soir. Les jeunes filles ne veulent pas d’histoire – Gabrielle Lajoie-Bergeron

To May 23


Darling Foundry – 745 Ottawa

Act of Forgetting – Chih-Chien Wang

For Romantic Fantasy – Stephanie Loveless – Artist Talk April 30, 6 p.m.

To May 24


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


Articule – 262 Fairmount W.

Silence of Sovereignty – Dylan Miner

To May 24


Galerie d’art LSB – 6750 Esplanade, #350

Veronik Larcher

To May 25


Rack Galerie – 3714 Notre-Dame W.

Flecken – Patrice Cantin

To May 26


La Lumière du Mile End – 214 Bernard W.

Linda Luttinger

To May 28


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

En Masse – Alison Loader + Chris Plenzich

The Rebel Yells: Dress and Political Re-Dress in Contemporary Indigenous Art – Group Show

To May 29


Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – 1892 Payette

I’ve Seen the Future, Brother – Kim Dorland

To May 30


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

Rubbing the Kaki – Jon Knowles

To May 30


Battat Contemporary – 7245 Alexandra, #100

Un certaine instabilité émotionelle – Sophie Jodoin

To May 30


BBAM! Gallery – 3255 St-Jacques

Psychethelia Art: Manic Expression – Teo Robinson

To May 31


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

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

To May 31


Monument National – 1182 St-Laurent

Afrik Eco-Art – Marie-Denise Douyon

To May 31


Les Impatients – 100 Sherbrooke E., #4000

Mythologies impatients – Diane Obomsawin + Jacinthe Loranger + Michel Langevin + Thomas Bégin

To June 4


Optica – 5455 de Gaspé, #106

Polyphonies – Group Show

To June 13


Galerie Patrick Mikhail – 4445 St-Antoine W.

Breather – Scott Everingham

To June 16


Galerie Thomas Henry Ross – 5445 de Gaspé, #423

Capitalism in the 21st Century

To June 19


Artexte – 2 Ste-Catherine E., #301

An Annotated Bibliography in Real Time: Performance Art in Quebec and Canada

To June 20


1700 La Poste – 1700 Notre-Dame W.

Vladimir Velickovic

to June 21


l’Espace Musée de Québecor – 612 St-Jacques

Écrits et pensées – Louis Beaudreault

To June 26


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

From Age to Age, as Its Shape Slowly Unravelled… – Raymond Boisjoly

Lucy Raven

To June 27


Galerie Samuel Lallouz – 1455 Sherbrooke W.

Africa – Barthélémy Toguo

To June 30


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

Beat National

To July 25


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marion Wagschal: Portraits, Memories, Fables

To August 9


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette

To Aug. 16


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

From Gainsborough to Moore: 200 Years of British Drawings

To August 16


DHC/ART – 451 & 465 St-Jean

Pièces de résistance – Yinka Shonibare MBE

To Sept. 20


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

New Discoveries and Other Obsessions

To Sept. 27