Art this week

Jon Rafman discusses his new exhibit with an artist talk at the MAC, plus a jazzy photo show and more this week in the arts scene.

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Still from ‘Main Squeeze’ by Jon Rafman at the MAC

Summer is a bit of a sleepy time for the art world, but there’s still a number of notable events going on in the scene this week.

The big event of the week happens tonight, Thursday, at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) where you’re invited to join Jon Rafman for a conversation about his practice in the context of his recently-opened solo show, with the show’s curator Mark Lanctôt. The show is a must-see, containing new and recent photographic and video-based works by Rafman that deal with life in the digital age and the impact of the internet on our psyches and relationships. Rafman’s approach to studying the net and its effects points out that online life is no longer a new thing, but a now-entrenched daily reality—therefore instead of presenting the web as a shiny new egg full of potential to solve all the world’s problems, his works look at the dark side of the web, extracting artifacts from past and present that reveal the internet’s power to isolate as well as to connect, and speculates on a future where our darkest impulses are afforded the tools to take root and propagate.

 Speaking about his work at a press conference opening the exhibit last Thursday, Rafman emphasized that it’s human thought and action he’s exploring, rather than the technology used to express it. He said, “I don’t believe that technology is what’s driving change in the world as if it were some agent—it’s not at all. That’s putting all of our power outside of ourselves. I think the way we look at the world, our consciousness, is reflected in what technology becomes popular, what communities form on the internet, what succeeds on a mass level reflects something about the change that’s already occurred in human consciousness.” Artist talk with Jon Rafman, Thursday, June 25, MAC, 185 Ste-Catherine W., 7 p.m., free. Livestreaming on the MAC website here.

Work by Coco Khan at Galerie Espace
Work by Coco Khan at Galerie Espace

In the Plateau tonight, Thursday, check out the vernissage at Galerie Espace for Never Less Than Marvelous, from husband-and-wife artists Oily Chi and Coco Khan (who you may know as her music alter-ego, Cocobeurre). Each will bring their own aesthetic to the idea of the marvelous, with futuristic, space-age, and otherwise imaginative works on display. 4844 St-Laurent, Thursday, June 25, 5 p.m.

On Saturday, head to Hochelaga for Neuf is Enough, a group show of nine Montreal street artists at art supply shop Le Sino. Participating artists include Mural Fest alums Astro and Monk.E plus Stare, Jaber, skate ambassador Spoon-B and more. 2817 Ontario E., Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m.

Wild Style by Jaber, participating in 'Neuf is Enough' at Le Sino
Wild Style by Jaber, participating in ‘Neuf is Enough’ at Le Sino


'Chet Baker' (1977) by Hank O'Neal at Joyce Yahouda Gallery
‘Chet Baker’ (1977) by Hank O’Neal at Joyce Yahouda Gallery

Also Saturday, make your way to the Belgo for a Jazz Fest related exhibit of photographs at Joyce Yahouda Gallery. The Golden Age of Jazz presents work by longtime New York photographer Hank O’Neal (who also acts as the director of the Jazz Foundation of America) has been documenting jazz in America for 50 years. A parallel group exhibit, Melomania, will display works by Montreal-based photographers including Raymonde April, Susan Moss and Gabor Szilasi that span from the 1970’s to today. 372 Ste-Catherine W., #516, Saturday, June 27, 4–6 p.m.

There’s also a number of shows closing this weekend, so take a look at the full listings below and hit up some of these shows while you still can!




June 25, 5 p.m.

Galerie Espace – 4844 St-Laurent

Never Less Than Marvelous – Oily Chi + Coco Khan

To June 30


June 25, 5 p.m.

L’Artothèque – 5720 Saint-André

Le pouvoir du masquerade – Carolina Hernandez + Charline P. William

To Aug. 15


June 25, 6–8:30 p.m.

Battat Contemporary – 7245 Alexandra, #100

Thoughts on Paper – Marion Wagschal

To Sept. 12


June 26, 6–10 p.m.

Syn Studio Art School – 460 Ste-Catherine W., #508

Spring Exhibition – Group Show


June 26, 7 p.m.

Galerie Z – 5409 St-Laurent



June 27, 8 p.m.

Le Sino – 2817 Ontario E.

Neuf is Enough – Group Show

To July 25


June 27, 4–6 p.m.

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

The Golden Age of Jazz – Hank O’Neal

Melomania – Group Show

To Aug. 8


Last Call:


Aux Vues – 783 Bienville

Dialecte Atonal No. 1 – Clara LeChat + Alexandre Contant + Jules Leloup Mayrand + Justin Bélanger-Simoneau

To June 25


Galerie Elektra (Complexe de Gaspé) – 5455 de Gaspé, #104

Elektra Festival: Coincidence Engine One: Universal People’s Republic Time – [The User] (Emmanuel Madan + Thomas Macintosh)

To June 26 – Finissage June 25, 5 p.m.


l’Espace Musée de Québecor – 612 St-Jacques

Écrits et pensées – Louis Beaudreault

To June 26


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

/intervalle/ – Suzanne Desjardins + Katarin Laruelle + Mimi Stockland + Isabelle St-Pierre

To June 26


La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse – 4296 St-Laurent

Lessons in Pipe Dreaming and How to Facilitate Future Living

Stephanie Cormier

To June 26


Galerie d’Avignon – 88 Laurier E.

David T. Alexander

To June 26


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

Alptraum (Cauchemar / Nightmare) – Group Show

To June 27 – Finissage + guided tour with curator, June 27, 3 p.m.


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

Galerie I: Fréquenter la mer – Louise Elei

Galerie II: Water’s Edge – Josée Charbonneau

Galerie III: Série Aretephos – Apostolos Stefanopoulos

to June 27


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 Simon Blais – 5420 St-Laurent, #100

Suites sans fin, lithographies géantes – Jean-Paul Riopelle

Fables – Éliane Excoffier

To June 27


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

Previsualization – Group Show

To June 27


Galerie Nicolas Robert – 10 King

Archétype – Péio Eliceiry

To June 27


La Castiglione – 5761 St-Laurent

Nature Against Nature – Guy Lavigueur

to June 27


Espace Mushagalusa – 533 Ontario E.

The World of Colour – Dr. Dolores Sandoval

To June 28


Cinémathèque Québécoise – 335 de Maisonneuve E.

Elektra Festival: Topologies – Quayola

To June 28


Han Art – 4209 Ste-Catherine W.

Paul Fournier

To June 28


Ongoing Shows:


Galerie ABYSS – 1520 Notre-Dame W.

Fairy Tales – Group Show

to June 30


Monastiraki – 5478 St-Laurent

Demons – Billy Mavreas

To June 30


Galerie Z – 5409 St-Laurent

Jon Claytor

To June 30


Galerie Samuel Lallouz – 1455 Sherbrooke W.

Africa – Barthélémy Toguo

To June 30


Divan Orange – 4234 St-Laurent

Melsa Montagne

To June 30


Galerie 203 – 203 Notre-Dame W.

Beyond Boundaries – Nathan Gilbert

To June 30


Death of Vinyl – 6307 St-Laurent

Morag Rahn-Campbell

To June 30


Fresh Paint 256 – 256 Ste-Catherine E.

The Last 30 Days – Regimental Oneton

To June 30


Kafein – 1429A Bishop

Statues – Daniel Nadeau

Impressions – Anton Motivans

To June 30


Aux Vues – 783 Bienville

Melissa Plouffe Photography

To June 30


Usine 106U – 160 Roy E.

Déluge – Group Show

To June 30


Lacerte Art Contemporain – 6345 St-Laurent

François Vincent

To June 30


Galerie MX – 333 Viger W.

Michel T. Desroches

To July 3


Galerie Division – 2020 William

Interception – Michel de Broin

Patrick Coutu

To July 4


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

Curtain – Maria Meinild

Secrets – Émilie Franceschin

To July 4 – Performance by Émilie Franceschin June 20, 2 p.m.


Station 16 – 3523 St-Laurent

Nothing Exists – Cyrcle

To July 4


Parisian Laundry – 3550 St-Antoine W.

Summertime in Paris – Spectiveretro – Group Show

To July 4


ArtGang Gallery – 6524 St-Hubert

Works on Paper – Miss Van + Nuria Mora

To July 5


Galerie ROCCIA – 5692 St-Laurent

Sur la route – Marie-France Boisvert

Jeff Saint-Pierre

to July 5 – Open House w/ Marie-France Boisvert June 13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.


Galerie de Bellefeuille – 1367 Greene

8 Seconds – Nicolas Ruel

To July 7


Atelier Circulaire – 5445 de Gaspé, #105

Members’ Salon – Group Show

To July 10


Médiathèque littéraire Gaëtan Dostie – 1214 de la Montagne

Femmes de Paroles – Camile Houle

To July 11


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

La fabrication de l’espace – Andrée-Anne Dupuis-Bourret

Essai pratique sur l’usage en général – Francis Arguin

To July 11


Canadian Guild of Crafts – 1460-B Sherbrooke W.

Les Traces du Passé – Ginette Kakakos Aubin

To July 11


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

The Short Form – Group Show

To July 11


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

Spectrum – François Simard

To July 11


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

Jai Tech: Ábalos & Herreros selected by Juan José Castellón

To July 12


Mekic Gallery – 4438 de la Roche

Selfie – Group Show

To July 14


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

Studio PM

To July 18


Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran – 1892 Payette

Playlist – Michael Assiff + James Kerr + Sara Magenheimer + Roula Partheniou + Jon Rafman

To July 18


Beaux-Arts des Amériques – 3944 St-Denis

Waters Upon the Earth – Jennifer Meanley

To July 18


Galerie Patrick Mikhail – 4445 St-Antoine W.

Taste This Sad Cream – Jay Isaac + Sojourner Truth Parsons + Brad Phillips

To July 18


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

Jérome Bouchard

Martha Townsend

Jocelyne Alloucherie + John Heward + Mathieu Gaudet + Stéphane La Rue + Oscar Varese + Angèle Verret

To July 18


Galerie Youn – 5226 St-Laurent

Improbables Créatures Abyssales – Kikooshi

Stories of the Familiar Transformed – Group Show

To July 19


TOHU (Espace BOHU) – 2345 Jarry

Étrange, insolite et dangereux : le cirque et la curiosité

To July 19


Galerie D – 1200 Amherst, #102

Glance – Tatsu

To July 21


Le repaire des 100 talents – 5867 St-Hubert

Major Tom – Group Show

To July 22


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

Écrans – Group Show

To July 25


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

Beat National

To July 25


BBAM! Gallery – 3255 St-Jacques

Girl With an Attitude – Natalia Krioutchkova

To July 31


Fondation Guido Molinari – 3290 Ste-Catherine E.

Études – Manon de Pauw + Sara A.Tremblay

To Aug. 2


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 Aug. 16


Maison de la culture Frontenac – 2550 Ontario E.

Paysages-vêtements – Carole Baillargeon

La traversée / Ashu-Takusseu – Michel Depatie

To Aug. 22


McCord Museum – 690 Sherbrooke W.

Horst: Photographer of Style

To Aug. 23


Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier – 2450 Workman

Exposition Couleurs de Femmes – Patricia David + Nora Golic

To Aug. 26


Darling Foundry – 745 Ottawa

Asylum In the Sea – Hajra Waheed

Let Us Be Us, Again and Again, and Always – Lieven De Boeck

To Aug. 27


Montreal Insectarium – 4581 Sherbrooke E.

Bearers of Light – Mathieu Le Sourd + Étienne Paquette

To Aug. 30


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

The Uncurated Show: Havre, Kolakis & Ruby

To Aug. 30


Espace VERRE – 1200 Mill

Double Je(ux) – Barbara Renault + Laurie Simard-Breton

To Sept. 4


Galerie René Blouin – 10 King

David Altmejd

To Sept. 5


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

Flux – David Altmejd

Jon Rafman

To Sept. 13


Maison de l’Architecture du Québec – 181 Saint-Antoine W.

Vivre et concevoir avec la neige au Québec

To Sept. 13


Arsenal Montreal – 2020 William

E-Merge – Group Show

To Sept. 13


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


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Yard Salsa – Michael Williams

To Sept. 27


Centre d’histoire de Montréal – 335 Place d’Youville

Scandal! Vice, Crime and Morality in Montreal, 1940-1960

To Oct. 1


Canadian Centre for Architecture – 1920 Baile

The SAAL Process : Housing in Portugal 1974-76 – “The Right to a Place, the Right to the City”

To Oct. 4


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Rodin: Metamorphoses

To Oct. 18


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Sherbrooke W.

Marion Wagschal, Friends, Memories, Fables – Five Decades of Painting

To Oct. 25


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


To Oct. 25


Musée de Lachine – 1 du Musée, Lachine

Lake-Like – Group Show

To Nov. 29