Thought-provoking, awe-inspiring, always intriguing. There’s a plethora of excellent art happenings going on all over the city this weekend. Here, our guide to the highlights.
Discover OCAD+: 94th Annual Graduate Exhibition
Student art shows are charged with new ideas, experimental efforts, and unique vision. This collection is sure to be no disappointment.
Main Building and Sharp Centre for Design, 100 McCaul Street (at Dundas)
OCAD Student Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West (at McCaul)
Exhibition hours: Opening Night — Thursday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 8, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Walnut Studios Open House
83 Walnut Ave. has been made into a stunning studio space, and this weekend they’re opening the doors to the public. Come see the creation space of 40 artists, under one roof.
Walnut Studios, 83 Walnut Ave. 8 pm
CONTACT does the West End
Some of the coolest CONTACT exhibits are hiding around corners in Parkdale, Ronces, and West Queen West. Explore a few of the shows we’re most excited about:
Give Peace a Chance
Gerry Deiter photographed John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s eight-day Bed-In in 1969, in Montreal. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the protest for peace, these iconic photos will be on display for an eight-day, 24 hour exhibition.
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen St. W.
In May (After October)
A collective of photographers immortalize political change, with a title taken from Russia’s October Revolution of 1917, and the 1968 French student protests. The exhibit also speaks to our current hope for change: this international collection of works from various artists considers the possibility of finding new ways to say ‘no.’
Gallery TPW, 56 Ossington Ave.
Andrew Wright bends our expectations, creating photographic installations outside the boundaries of traditional photography.
23 Morrow Ave.
Opening May 9th
Romeo Gongora, a Berlin-based Canadian/Guatemalan artist, will debut these new works, inspired by 19th Century Amsterdam. Anything involving a papier mache crocodile is worth showing up for.
Pari Nadimi Gallery, 254 Niagara St.
Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Performance 6 pm, May 9th.