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Three essays on Kent Monkman

edited by Michèle Thériault

text by Richard Hill

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
Initial publish date
Jul 2012
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Kent Monkman’s work fascinates. An artist of Cree origin he revisits North American historical events and western cultural representations, often under the guise of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, his alter ego, the sexy and extravagant diva warrior. His aesthetics and drama have the effect of drawing out both what has been erased and concealed in the historical inscription of aboriginal culture and the repressed desire and troubled fascination that have paradoxically contributed to shaping it. In INTERPELLATIONS, three essays on Kent Monkman, the art historians Jonathan D. Katz, Richard W. Hill and Todd Porterfield offer perspectives and analyses on Monkman’s work that address history and genre painting, the queered Romantic landscape, the shifting and unfixed subject, race, sexuality, conquest and sovereignty, and modern versus discontinuous temporality. In English and French.

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Richard Hill is a curator, critic and art historian of Cree heritage. He holds a PhD from Middlesex University, London; a BA from York University, Toronto; and an AOCA Diploma from the Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Dr. Hill's areas of interest and expertise include historical and contemporary art created by Indigenous North American artists. While Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Hill oversaw the museum's first substantial effort to include North American Aboriginal art and ideas in permanent collection galleries. He curated Kazuo Nakamura: A Human Measure (2004), Art Gallery of Ontario; and co-curated, with Jimmie Durham, The American West (2005), at Compton Verney, Warwickshire. Hill's essays on art have appeared in numerous books, exhibition catalogues and periodicals. He has a long association with FUSE magazine, where he has been a contributing editor as well as a member of the board and editorial committee.

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