La Rentrée Culturelle: Visual Arts and Museums

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Joan Jonas: From Away

DHC/ART, until September 18

Guest curated by art historian and UQAM ­professor Barbara Clausen, From Away is the first Canadian exhibition of American multi-media artist Joan Jonas (b. 1936). The show traces her career from her first video ­performances to They Come to Us without a Word (2015). Like many of her works, the piece embodies ideas about gender, narrative, and space through a non-linear intermixture of environmental politics, Nova Scotia ghost stories, and the writing of the Icelandic author Halldór Laxness. www.dhc-art.org

Souvenirs from 1976 ­exhibition

Olympic Park, until September 30

There is still time to rekindle the flame of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and fend off those post-Rio 2016 blues by visiting the Souvenirs from 1976 exhibition. The three-part show features a one-hour guided tour of the Olympic Park, an exhibit at the Maison de la ­culture Maisonneuve (4200 Ontario St. E) about the men and women who organized and built the infrastructure for the Games of the XXI Olympiad, as well an architectural exposition about The Big O at the Musée Dufresne-Nincheri (4040 Sherbrooke St. E). In collaboration with the STM, you can receive 30% off of your ticket price if you present an Opus card or valid transit pass. www.parcolympique.ca/exposition

Tamayo: A Solitary ­Mexican Modernist

National Gallery of Canada, until October 10, 2016

To mark the 25th anniversary of his death, the National Gallery of Canada is giving a rare presentation of one of Mexico’s finest ­modernists, Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991). The exposition covers his entire career, from his early indigenous subjects to later abstractions. Through his curiosity with everyday subjects, Tamayo sought to express Mexican culture within a spirit of universality, as opposed to his more famous nationalist counterparts, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueirios. www.gallery.ca

Resiliência: Brazilian Life Stories

Musée de la civilisation, September 21 to August 27, 2017

In collaboration with Brazil’s Museu da ­Pessoa, the Musée de la civilisation invites ­visitors to bear witness to Brazil’s cultural ­diversity through a series of video documents. Understand the country’s cultural crosscurrents, the lingering effects of colonialism, and the consequences of pervasive violence and social conflicts, which became creative wellsprings for the tenacious Brazilian artists, poets, and writers featured in this exhibition. www.mcq.org

Robert Mapplethorpe, Melody (Shoe) [Melody (Chaussure)], 1987. Don de la Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation au J. Paul Getty Trust et au Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2012.52.22. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Used by permission

Robert Mapplethorpe, Melody (Shoe) [Melody (Chaussure)], 1987. Don de la Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation au J. Paul Getty Trust et au Los Angeles County Museum of Art 2012.52.22. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Used by permission

Focus: Perfection Robert Mapplethorpe

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, September 10 to January 22, 2017

Erotic and edgy, the first major Canadian ­exhibition of black-and-white portraitist Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–89) opens ­September 10 at the MBAM. With nudes, still lifes, and iconic portraits of Richard Gere, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono, the 250-picture exhibition showcases Mapplethorpe’s classicism in his search to document aesthetic perfection in the human form. www.mbam.qc.ca

Orchestrated: Gauthier and Ikeda

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, until October 30

Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Orchestre à géométrie variable, 2013-2014 Installation immersive, cinétique et sonore 19 compositions totalisant 68 min 27 s. Archets, bois exotique, tubes ABS, haut-parleurs, microphones, câbles, 19 micro-contrôleurs, transformateurs, moteurs Collection du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Acquis grâce au Programme de subventions d’acquisition du Conseil des Arts du Canada

Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Orchestre à géométrie variable, 2013-2014
Installation immersive, cinétique et sonore 19 compositions totalisant 68 min 27 s.
Archets, bois exotique, tubes ABS, haut-parleurs, microphones, câbles, 19 micro-contrôleurs, transformateurs, moteurs
Collection du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal Acquis grâce au Programme de subventions d’acquisition du Conseil des Arts du Canada

Get two varying perspectives on visual ­orchestration from the installations of ­Montreal-based artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Japanese artist-composer Ryoji Ikeda. Gauthier’s Orchestre à géométrie variable is a kinetic sculpture with nineteen pre-­programmed compositions using electronics, robotics, and musical elements. Returning to the museum for the first time since the film version of C4I in 2014, Ikeda’s data.tron also relies on infinitesimally small data to traverse the realm of the infinite in three sets of visualizations: computer crashes, chromosome 11 DNA sequencing, and irrational numbers. www.macm.org

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