The Emergence of a Legend

The Emergence of a Legend, 2007. Kent Monkman (Cree), b. 1965. Five digital prints on metallic paper. Museum purchase, 2008 (26/7168–26/7172).

Through his alter-ego, Miss Chief, Monkman investigates the history of Indians performing for non-Indians, and in the process subverts official history. Monkman has created similarly provocative work in other genres, including large-scale landscape paintings and films. Here Miss Chief appears in various guises, including as a performer in Wild West and vaudeville shows and an actress in silent films, before stepping behind the camera as a Hollywood director.

Kent Monkman (Cree, b. 1965) works in media including painting, film and video, performance, and installation. He has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, and his short film and video works have been screened at the 2007 and 2008 Berlinale and the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Monkman’s work is represented in public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Glenbow Museum, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Mackenzie Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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