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Exhibitions/ The Great Hall Commission: Kent Monkman, mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People)

The Great Hall Commission: Kent Monkman, mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People)

At The Met Fifth Avenue
December 19, 2019–April 12, 2020
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

Kent Monkman has been selected to create two monumental paintings for The Met's Great Hall. Monkman, born in Canada in 1965, is a Cree artist widely known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history. He explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across a variety of mediums, including painting, film, performance, and installation. Monkman's gender-fluid alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, often appears in his work as a time-traveling, shape-shifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples.


This installation is part of a new series of contemporary commissions at The Met in which the Museum invites artists to create new works of art inspired by the collection, establishing a dialogue between the artist's work, the collection, the space, and audiences.


The exhibition is made possible by Rosamond Ivey.

Additional support is provided by Marilyn and Charles Baillie, and the Director's Fund.


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in The Great Hall

Portrait of Kent Monkman by Aaron Wynia