FOR ART’S SAKE

Five must-see ex­hibits for fall

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Un­tamed Things Sept. 9–19

One hun­dred years af­ter his fate­ful fi­nal ca­noe trip, the cir­cum­stances of Cana­dian art leg­end Tom Thomson’s death still re­main a mys­tery. To mark the an­niver­sary, Arta Gallery in the Dis­tillery Dis­trict pre­sents work by 11 bush-trekking plein air painters from across On­tario who re­traced Thomson’s last jour­ney through Al­go­nquin Park. These ad­ven­tur­ers reimag­ined the land­scapes that moved the artist who served as a ma­jor in­spi­ra­tion in the cre­ation of the Group of Seven. Arta Gallery, 14 Dis­tillery Ln., arta­gallery.ca

Raise a Flag: Works from the In­dige­nous Art Col­lec­tion (2000–2015) Starts Sept. 16

OCAD Univer­sity, Canada’s largest art and de­sign school, chris­tens its new 8,000-foot flag­ship gal­ley in Septem­ber with an ex­hibit that cre­ates a di­a­logue sur­round­ing Canada’s na­tional iden­tity. Works by more than two dozen First Na­tions, Inuit and Métis artists will be on dis­play from In­dige­nous and North­ern Af­fairs Canada’s com­pre­hen­sive art col­lec­tion. On­site Gallery, 199 Rich­mond St. W., ocadu.ca

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Mon­sters On­go­ing

Few mod­ern film­mak­ers have made their stamp on the fan­tasy genre like Guillermo del Toro. This fall, the Art Gallery of On­tario ex­hibits a se­lec­tion of items from del Toro’s fa­mous per­sonal col­lec­tion of cu­riosi­ties, in­clud­ing art, books and ephemera sur­round­ing the af­ter­life, magic, oc­cultism, alchemy, freaks and imag­i­nary crea­tures. This show pro­vides a win­dow into the cre­ative process of the mind be­hind Pan’s Labyrinth, Pa­cific Rim and The Hob­bit. Art Gallery of On­tario, 317 Dun­das St. W., ago.ca

The Ev­i­dence Room On­go­ing

In 2000, ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian Robert Jan van Pelt proved in a landmark court case that Auschwitz was pur­pose­fully de­signed by the Nazis as a death camp. His re­search be­came a source for the emerg­ing dis­ci­pline of ar­chi­tec­tural foren­sics. The Ev­i­dence Room—an ac­claimed ex­hi­bi­tion when it de­buted last year at the In­ter­na­tional Ar­chi­tec­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion in Venice—dis­plays key ob­jects cen­tral to that re­search, in­clud­ing full-scale re­con­struc­tions of three ma­jor com­po­nents of the Auschwitz gas cham­bers along with more than 60 plas­ter casts of ad­di­tional ar­chi­tec­tural ev­i­dence. Royal On­tario Mu­seum, 100 Queen’s Park, rom.on.ca

Dili­gence and El­e­gance: The Na­ture of Ja­panese Tex­tiles On­go­ing

This ex­hibit dis­plays 19th- and 20th-cen­tury fabrics and gar­ments from Ky­oto’s pro­fes­sional weav­ing work­shops along­side Cana­dian-made cot­ton, cloth and silk ki­monos cre­ated us­ing tra­di­tional tech­niques. The show fea­tures work by con­tem­po­rary artists Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shin­tani, both of whose work has evolved from Ja­panese tex­tile tra­di­tions. Tex­tile Mu­seum of Canada, 55 Cen­tre Ave., tex­tile­mu­seum.ca

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Mon­sters

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