The Scream adds di­men­sion to the Den­ver Art Mu­seum’s Kent Monkman col­lec­tion.

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Among new works ac­quired by the Den­ver Art Mu­seum is First Na­tions artist Kent Monkman’s The Scream. The paint­ing was cre­ated for a tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion pro­duced by the Art Mu­seum at the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto in part­ner­ship with the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre Art Gallery ti­tled Shame and Prej­u­dice: A Story of Re­silience, which “nar­rates a story of Canada through the lens of First Na­tions’ re­silience.”

The mon­u­men­tal work rep­re­sents a dra­matic shift for Monkman. While his pre­vi­ous works have used hu­mor to defuse the ten­sion of pre­sent­ing com­pli­cated and con­tentious sub­ject mat­ter, The Scream de­picts a hor­ri­fy­ing scene of First Na­tions chil­dren be­ing forcibly re­moved from their homes and moved to res­i­den­tial schools, a his­tor­i­cal prac­tice from which con­se­quences are still felt in Cana­dian so­ci­ety through lan­guage loss, cul­ture change and the dis­rupted trans­mis­sion of cul­tural knowl­edge.

The paint­ing draws in­spi­ra­tion from two 17th-cen­tury works by Peter Paul Rubens ti­tled Mas­sacre of the In­no­cents, which por­tray the Bib­li­cal story from the Gospel of Matthew in stark, graphic terms.

The Den­ver Art Mu­seum cur­rently holds the largest col­lec­tion of Monkman works in the United States, and the ac­qui­si­tion of The Scream adds rich di­men­sions to its hold­ings.

Kent Monkman (Cree), The

Scream, 2017, acrylic paint on can­vas, 84 x 132". Na­tive Arts ac­qui­si­tion fund, Pur­chased with funds from Loren G. Lip­son, M.D.

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