November is finally here, and with it comes the first snow flurries of the season and sunsets at 4 pm. But not to worry! There are plenty of ways to escape the cold, and a visit to one of your local art galleries or museums might be your best bet. To help you out, we’ve chosen our top art exhibitions in Montreal and events going on this November. Don’t be afraid to get out there and explore a new gallery, artist, or unique art event in the city — our November art guide’s got you covered!
1. Isaac Cordal – Urban Inertia
On until November 28 @ Galerie C.O.A. (6405 St. Laurent)
Spanish artist Isaac Cordal turns city streets into his canvas, and creates satirical, jarring, and sometimes humorous scenes with minuscule figures. The works invite you to look twice, and reflect on the different ways we interact with the environment. These small sculptures are often found in unsuspecting places, and have now come to Montreal for a six-week show at Galerie C.O.A. that’s not to be missed. More information on the gallery and show can be found here.
2. Imagine Brazil
Opens November 7 @ DHC/ART (451 St. Jean)
DHC/ART complicates what we think we know about “Brazil” in their latest show. An exhibition within an exhibition, the curators have invited 14 of Brazil’s best young artists, who in turn invited 13 more established Brazilian artists. All 27 will have work on display, offering a rich and multifaceted view on a country that seems mysterious to many of us. A discussion between artists and curators will be held November 7. Information on the exhibition can be found here, and more on the panel conversation can be found here.
3. Pavitra Wickramasinghe & Sahir Krishna – So the Darkness Shall be the Light, and the Stillness the Dancing
On until November 27 @ La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (4296 St. Laurent)
This show, presented in collaboration with the South Asian Visual Arts Center, explores the body’s relation to the sky, sea, and earth. Through a variety of media, the work of these two artists raises questions of belonging, migration, and identity. There will be an artist talk held at the gallery on November 27. More information on the exhibition can be found here.
4. Rad Hourani – Neutrality
Opens November 5 @ Arsenal Montreal (2020 Rue William)
Jordanian-Canadian artist Rad Hourani is known for his genderless creations, and unisex collections of clothing. In his new solo show at Arsenal, he uses painting, sculpture, costume, and photography to create a “neutral” future, free from nationality, gender, and race. More information on this not to be missed exhibition can be found here, and check out Hourani’s clothing collection here.