Visual Arts: What’s to See

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McCord Museum

until Aug. 21

The exhibition Piqutiapiit (“precious thing”) by Montreal artist Niap is the fruit of her efforts interpreting and gathering traditional Inuit objects stored in the archives of the McCord Museum. Showing these artifacts with her own work, a beadwork coat done using traditional techniques, the Kuujjuaq-born artist showcases the esthetics of these items and clothes made using basic tools like ­needles, thimbles and ulus (“women’s knives”).

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Art Gallery of Ontario

June 8 to Oct. 10

The exhibition Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire explores the visual ­culture of the Spanish Empire, 1492 to 1898. The 200 works from the collection of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library of New York provide a critical study of the mechanics of colonization, using Latin American, Filipino and Spanish paintings, sculpture, printed books and textiles. Beginning with the earliest episode of ­colonization—Columbus’s arrival in the Americas—the exhibition ­offers an in-depth look at the history of resource extraction, the spread of Christianity, the development of racial categories and Indigenous resistance to conquest, showing the historic and enduring impact of colonization.

National Gallery of Canada

until Nov. 20

A comprehensive retrospective of the trio General Idea, with more than 200 works spanning their periods from the counterculture of the late 1960s to their last works on AIDS in the mid-’90s. Pioneers of ­conceptual art using marketing and ­advertising media, the Toronto group made its mark on the New York and Toronto arts scenes with their ­critical works on queer identity and their ­interpretation of the AIDS epidemic from 1987 to 1994, the year when two of the group died from the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Visitors will see major installations, publications, videos, drawings, paintings, sculptures and archival material.

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

until Oct. 16

With Mauve Twilight, the visual artist, muralist, curator and exhibition designer Nicolas Party presents paintings and sculptures against a background of ephemeral murals in pastel and oil. Landscapes, portraits and still lifes ­combine in a fantastical world of luxurious colours and harmonious contrasts. This ­immersive exhibition is also set to song by Pierre Lapointe, showing the “complex and often indissoluble links between humans and nature.” The album of these songs, L’heure mauve, is launched this summer on the ­Bonsound label.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

until July 31

The exhibition I am your relative ­celebrates under-represented narratives and voices that have historically been silenced. The interdisciplinary artist Jeffrey Gibson, who has Choctaw and Cherokee roots, makes reference in his art to a variety of ­esthetic and material histories rooted in the Indigenous cultures of the Americas and in modern and ­contemporary subcultures. His paintings and sculptures mix materials, saturated colours, patterns, images, and text.


Art Gallery of Alberta

until Oct. 2

The Edmonton gallery is holding a range of exhibitions running until the fall. Two exhibitions relating to the West Indies run until Aug. 29: World Discovered Under Other Skies, by Haitian-born Montrealer Manuel Mathieu, presents paintings, drawings and ceramics reflecting Haiti’s relationship with the world, looking at history, politics and the environment; Pay de Devil – Brang! Brang! – Pay de Devil by Canadian-Trinidadian Curtis Santiago documents the stories of Trinidad carnival characters. The group exhibition Comic Sans celebrates the broad range of approaches to storytelling in Canadian comics. All roses sleep (inviolate light) by Alana Bartol and Bryce Krynski shows visitors the prairie landscape from the viewpoint of a bee, using ultraviolet video and a scratch and sniff card.

Vancouver art Gallery

until Oct. 23

Imitation Game examines the uses (and abuses) of AI in visual culture since the 1950s. It presents the ­development of artificial intelligence over the years across disciplines such as animation, architecture, art, fashion, graphic design, urban design and video games. It features the works of artists, designers and architects who have been a part of these advances.

Musée des beaux-arts du Québec

until Oct. 16

The Quebec City gallery presents the works of Stanley Février, winner of the fourth edition of its prize for contemporary art. Using photography, performance, sculpture and drawing, he explores the political, racial, human and cultural questions facing societies across the world.


Musée de la civilisation du Québec

until Sept. 11

Pompeii. The Immortal City is ­presented exclusively at the Museum of Civilization in Quebec City. ­Visitors can download an audio guide to their phones and follow the lives of five family members of Caius Cuspius Pensa through the city that is ­recovering from the earthquake of AD 62. Each family member ­examines a strand of history comprising seven themes and highlighting 110 artifacts from the scientific branch of the Galileo Museum in Florence. In partnership with the National 0Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Archaeological Park of Pompeii.    

Translation by Cecilia Grayson

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