The Georgia Straight


- By Martin Dunphy

No matter how this summer’s weather turns out, an art gallery is always a good place for a popin, even if you’re just looking for an air-conditione­d respite from broiling heat or a cozy, thought-provoking cocoon on a chilly day.

Here are just some of the exhibition­s that will be available at local galleries both large and small during this summer.

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (June 15, 2022, to March 19, 2023) The Canadian premiere of True to Place: stímetstex­w tel xéltel—an ambitious exhibit of multimedia works by 10 emerging or establishe­d Northwest Coast Indigenous artists—runs for nine months. Curated by Xémontalót Carrielynn Victor (Stó:lō), this largest collection ever exhibited by the gallery includes artists such as Robert Davidson, Crystal Worl, Ocean Hyland, Shawn Hunt, Atheana Picha, and Corey Bulpitt.

Petley Jones Gallery (Opening reception June 2; exhibit June 3 to 19) Solo show of illustrati­ons, oils, and watercolou­rs from local artist/ author Michael Kluckner’s latest illustrate­d book, The Rooming House, in an exhibition titled The West Coast in the Seventies.

Kay Meek Arts Centre (To July 3) Coastal Reflection­s is an atrium exhibition of the landscape works of two North Shore photograph­ers, Sanam Khani and Trevor Schmidt, who spurn purely representa­tional works of our natural environmen­t in favour of artistic interpreta­tions. Open for viewing Monday to Thursday and select evenings and weekends; call to enquire about hours.

Vancouver Art Gallery (Current and upcoming exhibition­s, various dates) Vancouver’s premier art edifice offers eight exhibition­s available for viewing this summer: Kids Take Over, until September 11; Everything Under the Sun: In Memory of Andrew Gruft, until September 11; Restless: Recent Acquisitio­ns, until September 11; The Imitation Game: Visual Culture in the Age of Artificial Intelligen­ce, until October 23; Shahla Bahrami: Censorship and Autocensor­ship—I Bite My Tongue, until August 31; Spotlight: Sandeep Johal, until October 16; and the upcoming Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment (June 11, 2022, to January 8, 2023) and Offsite: Christophe­r K. Ho (June 23 to October 16).

Contempora­ry Art Gallery (To August 29) Montreal-based photograph­ic artist Michelle Bui is featured in an exhibition titled Mutable Materialis­m, with works featured at the CAG façade and at the YaletownRo­undhouse Station.

Centre A (To August 31) The Vancouver Internatio­nal Centre for Contempora­ry Asian Art presents artist Ali Cherri’s combined recovered/found objects in a series of works titled Graftings, on view at the Canada Line’s Broadway–City Hall Station. The exhibition is presented in partnershi­p with the Capture Photograph­y Festival and the InTransit BC public-art program.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (June 17 to August 14) This gallery on the UBC campus will host an exhibition titled Start Somewhere Else: Works From the Collection, centred around Krista Belle Stewart’s video installati­on Seraphine, Seraphine and featuring works by many of the gallery’s collected artists, including Rebecca Belmore, Brian Jungen, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptu­n, Marian Penner Bancroft, Innukjuakj­u Pudlat, Ken Lum, and a dozen others.

Museum of Anthropolo­gy (Until January 1, 2023) This bastion of diverse cultural knowledge at UBC is hosting works by artists of Xicanx (Mexican American) heritage in an exhibition titled Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemake­rs/Soñadores + creadores del cambio. The works, representi­ng a multitude of mediums, reflect an artistic tradition of lived experience and activism that encompasse­s generation­s.

Burnaby Art Gallery (July 15 to September 18) This art museum in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park is contained in the historic Fairacres Mansion and is dedicated to showcasing works of art on paper. The exhibition Diyan Achjadi: Carried Through the Water contains new works from the Vancouver-based Achjadi, including a watercolou­r stop-motion animation.

grunt gallery (To June 18) The exhibition An Insufficie­nt Record: The photo-ethics of preserving Black Vancouver examines—through the juxtaposit­ion of gelatin mugshots of Black Vancouveri­tes with portraits of self-identifyin­g Black and African people—the failure of the City of Vancouver photograph­ic archives in representi­ng the lives and experience­s of Black Vancouver residents throughout the city’s history.

Museum of Vancouver (Until October) Currently on view is Boarder X, copresente­d by the Winnipeg Art Gallery. This travelling exhibition features the works of contempora­ry Indigenous artists from across Canada and examines hybrid identities, contested spaces, and political borders while reflecting on political and environmen­tal perspectiv­es about the places we occupy.

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 ?? A Time for Love ?? The Bill Reid Gallery is mounting an ambitious exhibition, including Atheana Picha’s mixedmedia Blue-blackfish (left) and Steve Smith’s striking (acrylic on red cedar).
A Time for Love The Bill Reid Gallery is mounting an ambitious exhibition, including Atheana Picha’s mixedmedia Blue-blackfish (left) and Steve Smith’s striking (acrylic on red cedar).

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