TORONTO & CALGARY
There's no getting away from Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations. That being said if you have a feeling that history is only written by the victors you should do your best to see the new Kent Monkman show Shame and Prejudice: The Story of Resilience.
It is running at the University of Toronto Art Museum, which commissioned the work, until March 4th and then touring the country until 2020. Its next stop is at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary where it opens on June 4th.
Monkman who is Cree has reacted before to the lack of indigenous figures in Canadian historical and modern painting and starts his historical survey 150 before confederation with the French and then proceeds to modern times. There are nine chapters to the exhibition which also includes artefacts.
The paintings are oversize and in many ways brilliant as they present Monkman's subversive and revisionist take on Canadian history. The Scream, for instance, shows nuns, priests and red serge clothed Mounties prying children away from the arms of their families. Daddies, after Robert Harris'
The Fathers of Confederation has Monkman's alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle nakedly lounging in front of the assembled politicians.