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McGill’s underground art show

Prior to last Wednesday, the only type of event I had ever attended at the Arts Lounge—located in the basement of McGill’s Leacock building—were a handful of the weekly Bar des Arts (BDA) gatherings, which always promise a boisterous crowd of tipsy students. The Fridge Door Gallery (FDG) Fall 2013 Vernissage—one of the bi-annual art… Keep Reading

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High concepts

McGill students window-shopping west of campus may encounter a different display on the exterior of Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery. Just east of the windows showcasing North Face jackets, something else is being sold: conceptual art. A large print of Sol Lewitt’s Sentences on Conceptual Art is roughly circled in various places, as… Keep Reading

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Art imitates life, in all its monotony

Jonas Mekas has been making movies ever since he stepped off the boat from Lithuania to Ellis Island in 1959. These films have covered a diverse array of topics and have ranged from the provoking and intellectually challenging to the downright bizarre. Known colloquially as the ‘godfather’ of American Avant-Garde cinema, he has put out… Keep Reading

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Venice in all its glory

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is showcasing their interdisciplinary exhibit, Splendore a Venezia, exploring the interplay of visual art, music, and political culture in the Venetian Republic between the early 16th century and the fall of the Serenissima. The museum investigates these overlaps, exhibiting a diverse collection of work:  prints, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, original… Keep Reading

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Zooming in on the magic of the everyday

(3.bp.blogspot.com) In his current exhibit at the McCord Museum, Hungarian-born photographer Gabor Szilasi documents “The Eloquence of the Everyday” over 30 years and two continents. Through both black and white and colour images, Szilasi focuses on a variety of features that make up the everyday: urban and rural architecture, private spaces, and loved ones.  … Keep Reading

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A night at the museum

Perhaps one of Montreal’s best kept secrets is the Contemporary Art Museum’s Nocturnes—a program that aims to combine three Montreal pastimes: music, art, and socializing. The part-gallery exhibit, part-concert series is a cultural hybrid where those interested in both mediums can comingle on the first Friday of each month. The concept was born out of… Keep Reading

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Quebec Couture

mmfa.qc.ca Who Denis Gagnon is and what he does goes much deeper than a basic understanding of fashion culture. Celebrating 10 years of creation, Gagnon is not only a fashion designer—and an adored one in Quebec—but a couturier, a man who is true to his craft in its most ultimate form. The exhibition Denis Gagnon… Keep Reading

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Within Which All Things Move

Chloe Roubert Google Street View cars, mounted with nine cameras, roam the earth recording whatever happens to appear before them, from tumbleweeds floating across deserted highways to Justin Bieber’s grandparents in the front yard of the pop star’s Ontario home (earning Street View the apt nickname “Googlerazzi”). The Google cameras act as detached observers, providing… Keep Reading

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Dissecting art

Nicholas Ruddock's debut novel, The Parabolist, is told through interlacing narratives that pivot around a group of University of Toronto medical students in 1975, taught by Roberto Moreno. Moreno is a recently immigrated Mexican poet and member of the (fictional) parabolist movement, a group which "arranges words and ideas in such a way that the energy input burns.
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