AIN’T I A WOMAN, I AM A MAN recounts history, family, celebration, hope, trauma, desire and love within the soul and body of black men and women through their visual and poetic work. This exhibition aims to highlight the voices and perspectives of youth on matters concerning the black diaspora. Design Exchange (234 Bay St., 416-363-6121). Until April 23. ALL IN A SEA OF WONDER: LAURA THIPPHAWONG The complex system of external, internal, tangible and perceived dangers brought on throughout the journey of life must be constantly negotiated with the mind’s eye in order to survive and to thrive as the director of one’s own life. This negotiation is only possible if we are able to explore our fears, thus taking control and willingly facing terrifying obstacles. For this series several archetypal images have been pieced together and personalized, using research in Jungian psychoanalysis of folklore and fairy tales to create allegories of fear, exploration and transformation within a world of chaos. Coldstream Fine Art (Suite #208, 80 Spadina Ave., 647-4016469). Until April 29. ANTHONY CARO: SCULPTURE LAID BARE Sir Anthony Caro (British, 1924-2013) revolutionized the medium of sculpture in the ‘60s when he moved away from making elaborately modelled, figurative works cast in bronze, instead creating large, abstract assemblages out of prefabricated steel and aluminum elements that he installed directly on the ground. This exhibit honours the legacy of this titan of modernist sculpture with four of his late works. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648). Until May 21. AVERY STEEL, MELANIE WINTER, CASSANDREA XAVIER This She
Wrote show explores female identity and personal narratives related to trauma. The act and the process of making is emphasized as a therapeutic and cathartic response to violence by engaging with the artist’s subjective narrative as a way of healing, communicating and reclaiming their stories. Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635). Until April 30. GROW OP is an urbanism, landscape design and contemporary art exhibition, celebrating its fifth year in the spring of 2017. The exhibition cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life. There will be a show (plus drinks) from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635). Wednesday until April 23. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME NHL CENTENNIAL EXHIBIT This limited-time exhibit is a comprehensive tribute to the players and teams of the National Hockey League from 1917-2017. It pays homage to 100 years of NHL hockey, highlighting the most memorable players and moments in league history. The NHL’s 100 Greatest Players, as selected by an NHL-appointed panel, are featured through treasured artifacts and video vignettes. Hockey Hall of Fame (30 Yonge St., 416-360-7765). Until Dec. 31. OUT OF THE DEPTHS: THE BLUE WHALE STORY retells the tragic story of 2014 and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation that resulted. Come face to face with the enormous 24-metre skeleton of Blue and discover the mind-blowing biology of blue whales; the humongous size of their heart, their unusual feeding behaviour, how they communicate and their evolution from land to sea. Find out how the ROM is studying their DNA to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding these large but elusive creatures and gain insight into the global decline of the blue whale population and what is being done to protect the world’s largest animal . . . ever. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park, 416586-8000). Until Sept. 4.
The ROM’s Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story is on until Sept. 4.