VIS­UAL ARTS

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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.

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The ROM’s Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story is on un­til Sept. 4.

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