Looking for something to do or see this month as the weather gets colder? Here at The Main we’ve chosen our top picks of art exhibitions and events going on this January. Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore a new gallery, artist, or unique art event in the city — our January art guide’s got you covered!


Raw Design — Prismatica

Raw Design, Prismatica. Courtesy of Quartier Des Spectacles.

Raw Design, Prismatica. From the Quartier Des Spectacles website.

On all month @ Place des Festivals (Jean-Mance between St. Catherine & de Maisonneuve)

As part of Luminothérapie, a festival happening around the Quartier des Spectacles for all of January, Raw Design has created Prismatica, a beautiful interactive installation. Just outside the Musée d’art contemporain are 50 two-metre-tall rotating prisms which cast a kaleidoscope of colours around the square. You can pivot the prisms and stroll through them, changing the way they reflect light. Prismatica is on 24/7 until February 1, and more information about Luminothérapie can be found here.

Speculations. Risquer l’interpretation.

Brendan Fernandes, Foe, video, 2008. Collection of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University. Photo: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery.

On all month @ Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (1400 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West)

Curated by Mélanie Rainville, this exhibition at Concordia University is very unique. It involves three different stages with the same works of art arranged in the gallery in different ways, emphasizing the idea that there is no one way to interpret a body of artworks. If you hurry down, the second phase is on until January 10th. The third phase goes until the end of the month. The show features some incredible and renowned artists like Kent Monkman and Brendan Fernandes, and is definitely worth checking out. More information can be found on their website.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy — Out of this light, into this shadow

Image courtesy of Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran.

Image courtesy of Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran.

January 21 – February 28 @ Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (1892 rue Payette)

Juan Ortiz-Apuy’s sculptural installation draws from Magical Realism, involving a realistic environment in which the supernatural and unlikely have emerged. The artist explores a series of fictional characters. This isn’t until later in the month—but is not to be missed. Ortiz-Apuy’s work is very striking and thought-provoking. More information is on the gallery’s website.

Shirin Neshat — Illusions and Mirrors

Shirin Neshat, Illusions and Mirrors. Courtesy of Musée des Beaux-Arts.

Shirin Neshat, Illusions and Mirrors. Courtesy of Musée des Beaux-Arts.

On all month @ Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1380 rue Sherbrooke)

The North American premiere of Shirin Neshat’s short film featuring Natalie Portman is only on for another month! The black and white film pays tribute to Surrealist filmmakers like Man Ray and Jean Cocteau. Neshat is a critically-acclaimed filmmaker and Natalie Portman puts on a wonderful performance. Don’t miss this before it is gone! Tickets and information can be found on their website.


Checking out a January art event that’s not on the list? Tell us about it in the comments below!