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Modern Artists Draw on David Cronenberg at MOCCA

Jeremy Shaw’s video installation Introduction to the Memory Personality is among the Cronenbergian artworks on display at MOCCA (photo: Jeremy Shaw / KW Institute Berlin)

Jeremy Shaw’s video installation Introduction to the Memory Personality is among the Cronenbergian artworks on display at MOCCA (photo: Jeremy Shaw / KW Institute Berlin)

SEPTEMBER 5 TO DECEMBER 29  One way to measure an artist’s success is by the extent to which his work influences others. Though he’s perhaps not a typically “mainstream” figure, Canadian auteur David Cronenberg’s cultural impact has been significant. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art makes this plain with its exhibition David Cronenberg: Transformation. In conjunction with a large-scale retrospective on the filmmaker opening November 1 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, MOCCA’s show presents newly commissioned works by artists who share a vision with the director of Dead Ringers, Crash and Existenz. Among Cronenberg’s longtime screen themes? Biological metamorphosis, psychological confusion and the merging of humans and media. With that in mind, expect a compelling, if unsettling, display.  —Craig Moy

• Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen St. W., 416-395-0067; mocca.ca
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