The exhibit 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. It shows archival objects alongside new, canvases created by Monkman. It narrates a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations’ resilience.
“It was a pretty deliberate effort to have people reflect on the last 150 years in terms of the Indigenous experience, Canada’s 150 years old—what does that mean for the First People? When I thought about it, I thought it includes the worst period, because it goes all the way back to the signing of the treaties, the beginning of the reserve system, this legacy of incarceration, residential schools, sickness, the removal of children in the ’60s, missing and murdered women. “So there’s a lot of material in the show that tries to encompass and stitch together this narrative that reflects back on 150 years... “I can’t think about the Indigenous experience without being critical of colonial policies that were genocidal, There is no lighter version of that—it’s pretty clear that I have to speak directly to these issues.”- Kent Monkman
"CASH FOR SOULS" BY KENT MONKMAN
"DEATH OF THE VIRGIN ( AFTER CARAVAGGIO) BY KENT MONKMAN
"THE BEARS OF CONFEDERATION" BY KENT MONKMAN
"THE DADDIES" BY KENT MONKMAN
"THE SUBJUGATION OF TRUTH" BY KENT MONKMAN
The show will have a life well outside of Toronto and well beyond Canada 150: it’s travelling to the Glenbow Museum in Calgary in June, and in 2018 will make stops at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. Even more, showings are scheduled across the country through 2020, and a Monkman exhibition that draws on the related subject matter is currently on view at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
And the exhibition may take on different formations when it travels to new venues, as Monkman anticipates rearranging the various chapters—but expect the show to retain its critical edge regardless of the formation.
Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:30 pm
University of Toronto Art Centre
The R.K. Teetzel Lecture in Art
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 4:30 pm
Presented by University College
Featuring Kent Monkman
University College, Room 140
Curator’s Tour with Kent Monkman
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 2 pm
Meet at University of Toronto Art Centre
Sunday, February 5, 12–5pm
The tour starts at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto (15 King’s College Circle) and then departs for Gallery TPW, Blackwood Gallery, and Oakville Galleries. To RSVP: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-828-3789 by Friday, February 3 at 5 pm.
January 26–March 4, 2016
Guest Curated by Kent Monkman
This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery — Justina M. Barnicke Gallery University of Toronto Art Centre