Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

June 17, 2017 - September 10, 2017

A project by Kent Monkman
Produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown

Supported by The Alberta Canada 150 Grant throught the Government of Alberta

Supported in part by the Government of Canada and the Ontario Arts Council
Lead Sponsor: Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation

Kent Monkman, The Daddies, 2016, Private Collection

Kent Monkman's Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience was created as a response to Canada 150 sesquicentennial celebrations. Kent Monkman's gender bending, time travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle is the guide on a journey through Canada's history that starts in the present and takes us back to a hundred and fifty years before Confederation. Miss Chief leads us through the harsh urban environment of Winnipeg's north end and contemporary life on the reserve, and all the way back to the period of New France and the fur trade, addressing some of the darkest chapters of Canada's past and narrating a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations' resilience.

As both artist and curator of the exhibition, Monkman places his own paintings, drawings and sculptural works in dialogue with historical artifacts and artworks borrowed from museum and private collections from across the country.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Glenbow is pleased to present his work once again.

In 2010, Glenbow presented the national touring exhibition Kent Monkman: The Triumph of Mischief. It assembled oil paintings, sculptural spaces, objects, films, videos and photography created by Monkman from 2003 to 2010. Powerfully evocative, this exhibition overturned widely ascribed histories of destiny, domination and order.

In 2012, Glenbow approached Monkman to create a work of art in response to the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. The result was the 2013 exhibition The Big Four. This large scale installation centered on four "junker" automobiles that functioned as display cases for video works, native-themed collectables and artifacts from Glenbow's collection. The exhibition examined ideas about incarceration and mobility of Aboriginal peoples, and the legacy of the Calgary Stampede which circumvented the pass system in 1912, which limited the ability of Aboriginal citizens to leave their reserves.

Kent Monkman, Reincarceration, 2013, Collection of Glenbow
Kent Monkman, The Subjugation of Truth (detail), 2016, Private Collection
Kent Monkman, Le Petit dejeuner sur l'herbe (detail), 2014, Private Collection


Kent Monkman's website
Canadian Art Magazine Review of Shame and Prejudice
Globe and Mail Review of Shame and Prejudice

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