Culture Creepy crawlies at the ROM and skyhigh stilettos at the Bata Shoe Museum.
A new museum of curiosities, the art of shoes, and defying arachnophobia
Museum of Illusions
The city’s newest attraction is the first of its kind in Canada, offering visual, sensory, and participatory experiences.
One of eight to open this year—Greece, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates are among the other new locations—expect 60 to 70 exhibits that encourage visitor interaction. Displays range from “Grand Illusions” that encompass titled rooms, vortex tunnels, and reverse rooms to “Master Illusions,” which include holograms and stereograms; while “General Illusions” include optical illusions and creation games. 132 Front St. E., museumofillusions.ca
Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes
To January 6, 2019
Sex and the City heroine Carrie Bradshaw may have made Manolo Blahnik a household name, but the Spanish-born footwear designer’s expansive career began long before Carrie and her crew struggled to find love in The Big Apple.
The final stop for this travelling exhibit explores how fashion and art intertwine through Blahnik’s towering stilettos and slinky heels. Featuring approximately 80 sketches and nearly 200 pairs of shoes, visitors can see how art, architecture, botany, literature, and cinema influenced Blahnik throughout his career of nearly five decades. Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor St. W., batashoemuseum.ca
Spiders: Fear & Fascination
To January 6, 2019
Friend or foe? The Royal Ontario Museum attempts to debunk common myths and terrors about spiders in its latest display, which features nearly 400 live and preserved arachnids. Long before dinosaurs, spiders have evolved for over 300 million years, with 48,000 known species in existence, including the most venomous varietals, the black widow and brown recluse. A Spider Lab demonstrates live venom milking, while video projections and augmented video reality enables visitors to compete in a mating dance with a peacock spider. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, rom.on.ca
Crosscurrents: Canada in the Making
To March 31, 2019
This new display examines the cultural exchange and influence between Indigenous people, settler Canadians, and newcomers over the last two centuries as evident through textiles. Hooked rugs, blankets, quilts, beadwork and basketry demonstrate how cultures, identities, memories, dreams, and traditions have both shifted and intersected over the years, and how new knowledge and insights influence artists today. Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave., textilemuseum.ca
Manolo Blahnik at the Bata Shoe Museum
Spiders at the rOM