Where to Get Your Culture Fix this Winter

Pia Camil runs January 13–April 17, 2016 at the New Museum in New York.

Mexican artist Pia Camil’s work (seen above) stretches across a wide range of mediums, from paintings inspired by the consequences of urbanization to ceramic vessels and colourful hand-dyed and stitched canvases. This winter, New York’s New Museum will feature Camil’s work in an immersive sculptural installation.


Grand Palais

Lucien Clergue: The First Albums is on display at the Grand Palais in Paris from November 14, 2015–February 15, 2016.

Lucien Clergue, a protégé of Pablo Picasso, is known for his bold, nude images from the sexual revolution of the ’60s and ’70s. Yet, the posthumous recent discovery of seven additional albums of the French photographer’s work has revealed that his subject matter was much more diverse. In a new exhibition, curated and designed by François Hébel and Christian Lacroix, a more complete scope of art from Clergue’s career is shown as a testament to his skill and originality.



Artist and Empire runs November 25, 2015–April 10, 2016 at the Tate Britain in London.

In a thought-provoking new exhibition, curator Alison Smith brings together various artworks from the last 500 years that propagate, critique, and reflect on Britain’s imperial past. The show confronts the controversy of the British Empire. Approximately 200 works will be compiled from around the globe, showcasing the views and artistic depictions of colonization, their evolution over time, and what this means to us today.



Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation runs January 28–April 9, 2016 at select venues.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet has joined forces with acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, choreographer Mark Godden, and Cree actress, producer, and former MP Tina Keeper for an original onstage performance. Boyden’s powerful story reflects on the lives of a group of residential school survivors and is set to a score by Juno Award–winning composer Christos Hatzis. The show opens in Ottawa this winter and will travel to 12 cities across the country.


High Museum

Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion runs November 7, 2015–May 15, 2016 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen is leading the movement of 3D printed clothes. Celebrities like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Björk have all worn the designer’s original out-of-this-world creations, which are often sewn together from the most unorthodox of mediums, including magnets and synthetic boat rigging. This winter, 45 of her innovative designs will travel to North America for a tour across the continent, starting in Atlanta, Georgia.



Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti runs until January 6, 2015 at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.

Michelangelo is revered as a god in the art world, but not much is known about him as a person. This winter, a new exhibition will offer an intimate look at the Italian artist with a show of 26 drawings that span his career. Using these drawings as a starting point, the exhibit will attempt to unravel the inner workings of the artist’s mind and shed light on his creative process.



The Marriage of Figaro runs February 4–27, 2016 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

Acclaimed German director Claus Guth’s revival of the classic opera The Marriage of Figaro breathes new life into Mozart’s timeless score and the story of the enchanting and blinding qualities of love. The Canadian Opera Company’s performance of Guth’s production premieres this winter; it features bassbaritone Josef Wagner and soprano Jane Archibald.



L’Hommage à Rodin is on display at the Musée Rodin until February 20, 2016.

Warning: you may have the urge to taste this new sculptural display. In celebration of the 175th anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s birth, the Musée Rodin in Paris has invited renowned chocolatier Patrick Roger to create a special Rodin-esque sculpture made from chocolate.



Water: Our Thirsty World is on view at the Aquarium of the Pacific until February 15, 2016.

California’s Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a thought-provoking exhibition of photographs honouring the vital natural resource that sustains us all: water. The images displayed will explore the relationship that humans have with water, and, held against a backdrop of California’s long-standing draught, the exhibit will provide a powerful commentary on the scarcity of this critical resource.



Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard runs January 30–July 17, 2016 at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

The latest addition to acclaimed Beijing artist Song Dong’s “The Wisdom of the Poor”—a series addressing rapid urban growth in global cities—is Communal Courtyard, an immersive exhibition featuring 100 recovered Chinese doors. The installation will examine the role of traditional architecture in today’s changing environment and the ways urbanization has affected the way we live amongst one another.