November 15 – December 30, 2007

The selection of work included in this exhibition centers around Kent Monkman’s performance alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Monkman will transform the gallery space into Miss Chief’s Tipi Camp that will include two tipis as well as new and recent paintings and films on loan from major public and private collections.

The Triumph of Mischief is a collaborative project between the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, (AGGV). Conceived by David Liss, Director/Curator of MOCCA and Shirley Madill, Director/CEO of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the nationally touring exhibition will also be presented at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax and the AGGV. The tour was launched at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in June 2007.

About the artist

Kent Monkman is a Manitoba-born, Toronto-based artist of Cree and Irish ancestry. He produces work in a variety of media, including painting, video and film, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Monkman draws inspiration from the histories depicted in 19th Century art, including photography and Romantic painting, colonial portrayals of Aboriginal peoples and cinematic genres such as classic Hollywood Westerns. Using these conventions he constructs new stories through images that take into account the missing narratives and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples. His work furthermore explores stereotypes of masculinity and queer culture through the construction of witty situations and scenarios that use sexuality as a tool for challenging the authority of these established histories.

Installation images: Walter Willems

Opening Reception

Friday November 16, 7 – 10 pm