The Artistorian’s Picks of the Week: October 14 to 20

Whether you're more of a spectator, academic, or you prefer a little interaction with your art, this week's picks have something for you.

Kim Johnson, work in progress to be displayed at ArtGroup X October 15

Cabaret DadaMomentum, event


La Sala Rossa, October 14 @ 8 PM

La Sala Rossa is celebrating dada’s centennial with an evening of theatre, music, mime, abstraction, poetry and “hallucinations.” A night of DADA? Sign me up! With Stéphane Crête, Dominique Leduc, Jean-Frédéric Messier, Céline Bonnier, Marcel Pomerlo, Stéphane Demers, Sylvie Moreau, Nathalie Claude, and special guests Julie McInnes and Midnight Diamond. Doors open at 7 and tickets are $15. You can order them here.

Commedia dell’Arte: Maschera e Improvvisazione, workshop


L’Institut italien de culture de Montreal, October 14 @ 2 PM

The IIC is offering something different for Montrealers this week: along with McGill University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, they are presenting a series of workshops dedicated to the Commedia dell’Arte performed by Valerio Vittorio Garaffa and Chiara Cimmino Sander, actors from the renowned School of Dramatic Arts Paolo Grassi. On October 14, you can sign up for their workshops on An approach to masks from 2 to 4 PM and The mask and body language from 6 to 8 PM. Free!

Do Not Pass By, vernissage


Victoria Park, October 15 at 5PM

Palbric Art Foundation presents the first North American stop of Do Not Pass By, featuring surreal, vintage film posters by Czech-Canadian artist Milos Reindl in the lobby of Victoria Park from October 15-November 15. Do Not Pass By celebrates diversity, multiculturalism and integration, showcasing 30 vintage posters alongside texts about former refugees, and the impact they’ve had on the countries they now call home.

ArtGroup X, exhibition


895 Jean-Talon O, October 15 from 8 PM to 11:59 PM

ArtGroup X presents a pop-up art exhibition supporting local artists Amanda Lorena, Cassandra Loraine Reyes, Georgios Varoutsos, Giancarlo Pagano, James MacGowan, Jessica Choros, Kim Johnson, Lucy Taylor, Nick Bodøin, and Olivier Long Su. One day only, so don’t miss out on a great opportunity to support local talent!

Slack Tide and A Worm Filled Body, vernissage

Karen Kraven, Ipanem, 2016

Karen Kraven, Ipanem, 2016

Parisian Laundry, October 20 from 6 to 9 PM

Karen Kraven’s Slack Tide and Rochelle Goldberg’s A Worm Filled Body open at Parisian Laundry on October 20. Can’t make it? Don’t worry: the exhibitions are on until November 19.

Networked Art Histories, 1960s to the present day, conference

Bill Vazan, Look From x Contacts, 1973

Bill Vazan, Look From x Contacts, 1973

Concordia University (Jarislowsky Institute and EV 1.615), October 20-22

Concordia University’s Art History Graduate Student Association’s (AHGSA) conference focuses on how artworks, people, voices, ideas, texts, institutions, and spaces converge at specific moments in time, forming nodes of cultural energy. The opening event on October 20 (5:30-7:30), titled “When the Periphery is the Centre: A Conversation About Indigenous Arts Networks on/from the Prairies (1990-2016)”, features Sherry Farrell Racette in conversation with Amy Malbeuf, Debra Piapot and Steve Loft. The conference will continue on Friday the 21 and Saturday the 22 in EV 1.615, on the first floor of Concordia’s EV building.


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