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Kent Monkman, Cash for Souls, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 48 X 72 inches.

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

A project by Kent Monkman
January 26 – March 5, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:30pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Kent Monkman’s new, large scale project takes the viewer on a journey through Canada’s history that starts in the present and takes us back to a hundred and fifty years before Confederation. With its entry points in the harsh urban environment of Winnipeg’s north end, and contemporary life on the reserve, the exhibition takes us all the way back to the period of New France and the fur trade. The Rococo masterpiece The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard is reinterpreted as an installation with Monkman’s alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, in a beaver trimmed baroque dress, swinging back and forth between the Generals Wolfe and Montcalm.

As both artist and curator, Kent Monkman’s first major solo-exhibition at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto includes his own paintings, drawings and sculptural works, in dialogue with historical artefacts and art works borrowed from museum and private collections from across the country. The exhibition narrates a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations' resilience.

With a focus on his new paintings and drawings, Monkman’s visceral and moving exhibition provides a searing critique of Canada’s colonial policies in response to celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday. As Monkman explains, “The last 150 years—the period of Modernity—represents the most devastating period for First Peoples, including the signing of the numbered treaties, the reserve system, genocidal policies of the residential schools, mass incarceration and urban squalor.”

After premiering at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, this large scale exhibition will travel across Canada over the next two years to the following venues: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Confederation Art Centre, Galerie de l’UQÀM, Glenbow Museum, Museum of Anthropology, Tom Thomson Art Gallery and Winnipeg Art Gallery.

A catalogue is forthcoming in the fall of 2017. It will be published in English, French, and Cree.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist and curator of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. His most recent curatorial project was the exhibition My Treaty is with the Crown at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery at Concordia University in 2011. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Art Gallery of Hamilton. He has participated in various international group exhibitions including: The American West at Compton Verney, Warwickshire; Remember Humanity at Witte de With, Rotterdam; 2010 Biennale of Sydney; My Winnipeg at la maison rouge, Paris; and Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA, North Adams.


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Kent Monkman, The Bears of Confederation, 2016. Acrylic on canvas. 76 x 136 inches. Collection of Michelle Bilodeau and Matt Kingston.

Public Programs

The R.K. Teetzel Lecture in Art by Kent Monkman
Wednesday February 1, 2017, 4:30-6:00pm
University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Room 140
Followed by a reception from 6:00-7:30pm at the University of Toronto Art Centre

Curatorial Tour with Kent Monkman
Saturday February 4, 2017, 2:00pm
Meet at the University of Toronto Art Centre

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This touring exhibition is produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown and has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

Lead Sponsor: Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by the Ontario Arts Council's National and International Touring program, the University of Toronto Jackman Humanities Institute, Manulife, MBNA, TD Insurance and Media Sponsor, NOW Magazine.

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

Art Museum
University of Toronto

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
University of Toronto Art Centre


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Visiting the Art Museum

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7
416.978.1838

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Please note: the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery will be closed until mid-March for facility renovations.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
Sunday and Monday closed

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
The galleries are wheelchair accessible.

Media Contact: Brittany Brooks, b.brooks@utoronto.ca, 416-978-3540

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