An Evening with Kent Monkman

April 16, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Fletcher Challenge Theatre (#1900), SFU Vancouver
515 Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission by donation (suggested $5.00)

Join Kent Monkman (Cree) on a journey into his art and life as an artist. His works are diverse: installations, performance art, large-scale paintings, digital media art, illustration, and short films. Each work is startling in its imagination, seductive in its beauty and powerful with its narrative authority.

His solo exhibitions have been held at: the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and in 2013 the National Gallery of Canada. He has participated in international group exhibitions including: The American West, at Compton Verney, in Warwickshire, England, and My Winnipeg at Maison Rouge, Paris, France.

He says of his art practice: “I think my work is primarily informed by an attempt to define that space between the two cultures,” (European and Aboriginal). Kent adds, “It’s a very similar sort of reclaiming of stereotypes that have been harmful, you sort of take them back, you own them, you reclaim them and then you present them from a position of power and that’s really what I wanted to do.” Monkman explains the serious side of why and how we laugh at the history in that space between Aboriginal and Colonizer societies. He is known for exploring the sexual tension in that space – with the sexual power of characters he creates and embodies – such as Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Says a reviewer of Monkman’s work at a recent Peabody Museum show, “The Cree artist plays his drag show for laughs, but underlying it are serious questions about white genocide of Native Americans.”

This presentation is part of the SFU Public Square Events and was programmed by award-winning filmmaker and writer Loretta Todd. It is the final public program associated with the exhibition co-curated by Peter Morin and Dr. Martine Reid, Carrying on “Irregardless”: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art, at the Bill Reid Gallery. Note: Exhibition must close March 17, 2013.

Presented by the Bill Reid Gallery with support from: Canada Council for the Arts, Face The World Foundation, SFU Vancouver, SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples, and in partnership with the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


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