The Artistorian’s Weekly Picks: September 1 to 7

September means lots to see and do in Montreal this week, including World Press Photo and Nocturnes at the MAC.

Edmund Alleyn, Mondrian au Coucher at the MAC

September is upon us! Summer is ending, and many of us are gearing up to hit the books again very shortly. But, more importantly, this is one of my favourite times for art in the city. There is tons to do. Stay tuned for interviews and reviews by yours truly coming very soon. Until then, check out this week’s picks:

World Press Photo Montreal, exhibit

Warren Richardson, Espoire d'une nouvelle vie

Warren Richardson, Espoire d’une nouvelle vie

Bonsecours Market, August 31 to October 2

The 11th edition of World Press Photo Montreal is here. This year’s photos were chosen from 5775 photographer submissions of 83 000 images, from 128 different countries. Photos from Paris, Mexico, Russia, Nepal, and even Montreal. This year’s spokesperson is author and director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette. She is a multidisciplinary artist and will be showcasing her own exhibit dedicated to Syrian refugees recently arrived in Montréal. If you’ve never been to WPP, don’t miss out this year. Tickets are $13 for general admission and $10 for students.

Putting Rehearsals to the Test, exhibit

Klaus Scherübel, La répétition (2016)

Klaus Scherübel, La répétition (2016)

SBC Gallery, August 31 to December 10

Curators Sabeth Buchman, Ilse Lafer and Constanze Ruhm have put together an exhibit featuring artists Discoteca Flaming Star, Harun Farocki, Marie Claire Forté and Alanna Kraaijeveld in dialogue with Sophie Bélair Clément, Hanako Geierhos, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Jutta Koether, Krüger & Pardeller, Achim Lengerer, Rashid Masharawi, and Klaus Scherübel at SBC Gallery. In collaboration with the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery and VOX, Putting Rehearsals to the Test, brings together over fifty international artists investigating “rehearsal,” as “methodology, a modus operandi, a medium, a site of representation and reflection for artistic production processes.”

Simon Belleau & Julien Discrit, vernissage

Simon Belleau, Film Still; Julien Discrit, Animation (détail)

Simon Belleau, Film Still; Julien Discrit, Animation (détail)

OPTICA, September 1 from 5 to 8 PM

Don’t miss Simon Belleau and Julien Discrit‘s vernissage at Optica on September 1. Featuring video, animation, installation, photography, and performance, this multi-disciplinary exhibit runs until October 8.

Friday Nocturnes, event


MAC, September 2 from 5 PM to 2 AM

At September’s Nocturne at the MAC, visitors will have the chance to see the museum’s two new exhibitions: Edmund Alleyn‘s In my studio, I am many and Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Ryoji Ikeda‘s Orchestrated. It will also be your last chance to see Liz Magor‘s Habitude and Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin‘s Priority Innfield. Interactive tours will be led from 7:30 to 9 PM, every half hour. The art workshop will run from 6 PM to 12 AM: visitors will be able to participate in a collage workshop inspired by Alleyn’s works. Finally, DJs Ghostbeard, Poirier, and FunkyFalz will be providing the music for the evening. Enjoy will you sip on the delicious cocktails. Tickets will be available at the MAC as of 5 PM for $15. But this event is free for MACarte holders!

CuSiMn&AlSi, vernissage


VAV Gallery, September 6 from 6 to 9 PM

This group exhibit features artists Erin Berry, Ellen Belshaw, Antoine Caron, Louis-Charles Dionne, Dimitri Gagnon-Morris, Benjamin Lalonde, Michel Marchand,Eva-Loan Ponton, Marie-Claude Pastorel, Julie Villeneuve, Sean Wilson, and Camille Zurini. It is the outcome of the reactivation of the Studio Arts Foundry at Concordia in 2012. The show is on until September 16th.

The Perfume and the Bottle & Charlotte Moth, vernissage

Gabriele Beveridge, Pacific Dream II (2015)

Gabriele Beveridge, Pacific Dream II (2015)

Parisian Laundry, September 7 from 6 to 9 PM

The Perfume and the Bottle presents a selection of works by artists Gabriele Beveridge, Andy Coolquitt, Owen Kydd, and Kate Steciw. This group exhibit runs concurrently with Charlotte Moth’s Chreography of the image: filmic sketches. A multi-disciplinary and colourful exhibit, it’s not to miss. On until October 8!

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