The Triumph of Miss Chief

The Triumph of Miss Chief, installation view at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto)
   (photo by Walter Willems)



Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. He has had solo exhibitions in numerous Canadian museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He has participated in various international group exhibitions including: The American West, at Compton Verney, in Warwickshire, England, Remember Humanity at Witte de With, Rotterdam, the 2010 Sydney Biennale, and Oh Canada!, MASS MOCA. The Musée d’art contemporain de Rochechouart in France presented his first solo Museum exhibition in Europe in 2014. Kent has worked for the last two years on Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience a major touring exhibition which started at the University of Toronto Art Museum. Currently also on view at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery are the works of his Four Continents shown together for the first time. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Denver Art Museum, Musée d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, la Fondation de la Maison Rouge (Paris), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal, Rideau Hall, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, the Glenbow Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Claridge, BMO Financial Group and the RBC Art Collection.


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The Collapsing of Time and Space in an Ever-expanding Universe   Dance to Miss Chief

The Collapsing of Time and Space in an Ever-expanding
, 2011, life-sized mannequin, antique furniture, paint,
wallpaper, wood, taxidermied animals, 6 channels of audio,
640 x 427 x 488 cm, collection of La Maison Rouge (Paris)
still from the video Dance to Miss Chief, 2010, digital betacam,
5:00 min, edition of 3
Dance to the Berdashe   Salon Indien

Dance to the Berdashe, 2008, five channel video installation,
collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
(photo by Christine Guest)
Salon Indien, 2006, installation view, Remix: New Modernities
in a Post-Indian World
, Art Galery of Ontario
(photo by John Goldstein)
Théâtre de Cristal   Séance

Théâtre de Cristal, 2006-2007, installation view at the Art Gallery
of Hamilton, July 2007, collection of the Glenbow Museum
(photo by Walter Willems)
Séance, 2007, performance at the Royal Ontario Museum
(photo by Brian Boyle)
Trappers of Men   Taxonomy of the European Male

Trappers of Men, 2006, acrylic on canvas, 213.25 x 365.75 cm
(84" x 144"), collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Taxonomy of the European Male, 2005, performance at Compton
Verney, Warwickshire, UK (photo by John Batten)


For a current list of works in inventory please click here


November 2017 - « The Humain Zoo » (solo), à la galerie Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
August 2017 - « The Domain Beyond the Territory » (group), à la galerie Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
Febuary 2016 - " A Story of Canada " (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
October 2016 - "Bordering the Fantastic" (group), at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
August 2016 - "Kent Monkman" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain - on line
January 2015 - "Expelling the Vices" (solo), CENTRE SPACE, Toronto
November 2014 - "Urban Res" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
April 2014 - "Papier 14" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
October 2012 - "Toronto International Art Fair" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
October 2012 - "Toronto International Art Fair" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
August 2012 - "Kent Monkman: Miss America" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
June 2012 - "Kent Monkman: Miss America" (solo), CENTRE SPACE, Toronto
May 2011 - "The Atelier" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
May 2011 - "LOOP 2011" (solo), Barcelona, Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
April 2008 - "NEXT" (duo with Dil Hildebrand) the invitational exhibition of emerging art (Chicago)
December 2007 - "Photo Miami" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
October 2007 - "Toronto International Art Fair" (group), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain booth
May 2007 - "Hunting Scenes and Other Amusements from the Great North West" (solo), Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain


Claire Moeder."Kent Monkman : fantôme de l’atelier" ratsdeville (blog) 24 June 2011 (in French)
Éric Clément. "Kent Monkman: revendiquer avec sexualité... et humour" La Presse (Montreal) 13 March 2011 (in French)
"Ways of Thinking," from the 2011 exhibition My Treaty is With the Crown at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University (Montreal)
Kate Morris. "Making Miss Chief: Kent Monkman Takes on the West" American Indian magazine Spring 2011
Kent Monkman's artist page on the 2010 Biennale of Sydney website
Amanda Farrell-Low. "A Triumphant Entrance" Monday magazine (Victoria) 30 June 2010
"Ben Portis on Kent Monkman" Checkout [Art] (blog) 7 March 2010
Jenn Ruddy. "Meet Kent Monkman's flamboyant, two-spirited alter-ego: Miss Chief Eagle Testickle" Xtra! magazine 26 February 2010
Nancy Tousley. "Change on the range" The Calgary Herald 13 February 2010
Nancy Tousley interviews Kent Monkman (YouTube) at the Glenbow Museum (Calgary) 2010
Drew Anderson. "A monk in mischief's clothing" Fast Forward Weekly (Calgary) 18 February 2010
Cesar Padilla. "Canadian Artist Drags It Up For the Sake of Art." (interview) Butt Magazine 12 February 2010
Noam Gonick. "Contempo Abo" (interview) Canadian Dimension magazine 30 June 2009
Nicolas Mavrikakis. "Le berdache du Canada" Voir (Montreal) 21 May 2009 (in French)
Jocelyne Lepage. "Kent Monkman: mi-homme, mi-femme" La Presse (Montreal) 9 May 2009 (in French)
Kent Monkman. "Tonto Takes Charge" The Walrus May 2008
Ashley Johnson. "Kent Monkman, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art" (exhibition review) Canadian Art Spring 2008
Matteo Pollini. "Kent Monkman" (exhibition review) Goldsmiths Curatorial Critique (blog) 15 October 2008
Erin McLeod. "Institution of Colonized Critique - Kent Monkman's Critical Hybridity" Line Break (OCAD) 2007-2008
Jordan Timm. "Landscape with sexy transvestite" Maclean's magazine 19 December 2007
Debra Antoncic. "Kent Monkman: Art Gallery of Hamilton" (exhibition review) Canadian Art 1 December 2007
Peter Goddard. "Kent Monkman, man of mischief" The Star (Toronto) 22 November 2007
Kerry Swanson. "The Noble Savage Was a Drag Queen" (essay) e-misférica (NYU) Fall 2005
David Liss. "Kent Monkman: Miss Chief's Return." Canadian Art Fall 2005
Meet the Artist at the National Gallery of Canada
Urban Nation, a filmmaking partnership between Kent Monkman and Gisèle Gordon


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