The Connecticut College Art Department presents Kent Monkman: “A Story of Resilience,” a solo exhibition on display in Cummings Arts Center Galleries from Oct. 23 through Dec. 8. An extension of Monkman’s current touring exhibition “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience," the show includes drawings, prints, video, and a figurative sculptural installation made specifically for this exhibition.
The new sculpture, “Minimalism,” confronts the disproportional incarceration of indigenous peoples, and suggests iconic minimalist sculptures that make up part of a prison cell.
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. The exhibition and Monkman’s visit are made possible by the College's Dayton Artist-in-Residence Program, with substantial support and co-sponsorship from the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE). CCSRE is the hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines. The Dayton Artist in Residence Program enables students to encounter and learn from artists and performers who are not typically accessible in an academic setting, giving them the opportunity to explore a wider variety of artistic approaches and techniques. The Monkman exhibition is the second major initiative in a year-long collaboration between the Art Department and CCSRE around the theme of “Intersections."
Monkman has had solo exhibitions at 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 also participated in many international group exhibitions, including in England, The Netherlands, France, and the U.S. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Denver Art Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum London, the Glenbow Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal and Toronto, Trepanier Baer Gallery in Calgary and Peters Projects in Santa Fe.
Monkman will be on campus to deliver a lecture on November 2, 2017, at 4:15 p.m. in Oliva Hall, followed by a reception in the Cummings gallery from 5:30-7p.m.