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SGDO Programs Social – “Shame and Prejudice” Tour & Discussion
Friday, February 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Join the SGDO at the University of Toronto Arts Centre (UTAC) for a viewing of Kent Monkman’s newest exhibit, “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience,” which will be followed by a discussion.
This event is a part of the SGDO Programs Social series. This gathering is aimed at connecting people from SGDO Programs such as Gender Talk, Q21: A Conversation Café, LGBTQ International Student events, Queer & Trans Students of Colour Discussions and Outside the Box. Everyone is welcome! Whether you are a program regular, a one-time participant or whether you hope to attend in the future, we would love to see you!
About “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience”:
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. A catalogue is forthcoming in the fall of 2017. It will be published in English, French, and Cree.