Cowboys on Indians
Cree painter and filmmaker Kent Monkman is known for panoramic Hudson River Schoolish landscapes featuring cowboys and Indians engaging in hot man-on-man action, taking broad swipes at assumptions about frontier lore and native identity. The Triumph Of Mischief opens at Mocca November 15. 952 Queen West. 416 395-0067.
One crazy installation
You never know when BGL (Quebec City artists Jasmin Bilodeau, Sébastien Giguère and Nicolas Laverdière) will drive a Trans Am through the wall of a gallery space. The trio transforms the Koffler Gallery with a full-scale installation that promises to be bracingly different, to November 25. 4588 Bathurst. 416-636-1880.
Caesar? I hardly knew her
The retrospective of work by Francesco Vezzoli, the provocateur who placed the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Sharon Stone in fake presidential ads at the Venice Biennale, is on at the Power Plant to November 4. Check out the screening of his Trailer For A Remake Of Gore Vidal's Caligula (starring Courtney Love, Helen Mirren and Milla Jovovich) October 28. 231 Queens Quay West. 416-973-4949.
Veteran photographer Greg Girard is an astute witness to the discontinuities of his native Shanghai, focusing on the contrast between early 20th-century structures and the nearby super-capitalist structures of the 21st. He documents not only a disappearing architectural legacy, but a vanished population. At Monte Clarke, Part One to October 14, Part Two from October 18. 55 Mill, building 2. 416-703-1700.
The numbers game
One of the founding members of the Paris 11 in the 1950s, Kazuo Nakamura made rigorous investigations into the numerical basis of organic and inorganic form, raising visual logic to a transcendent level. His works on paper at Christopher Cutts open October 13. 21 Morrow. 416-532-5566.