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Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience

A project by Kent Monkman

January 26–March 5, 2017

Miss Chief Eagle Testickle takes us on a journey through Canada’s history beginning a hundred and fifty years before confederation

Guest Curated by Kent Monkman

This exhibition is organized by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto

University of Toronto Art Centre

Kent Monkman’s new, large scale project takes the viewer on a journey through Canada’s history that starts in the present and takes us back to a hundred and fifty years before Confederation. With its entry points in the harsh urban environment of Winnipeg’s north end, and contemporary life on the reserve, the exhibition takes us all the way back to the period of New France and the fur trade. The Rococo masterpiece The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard is reinterpreted as an installation with Monkman’s alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, in a beaver trimmed baroque dress, swinging back and forth between the Generals Wolfe and Montcalm.

As both artist and curator, Kent Monkman’s first major solo-exhibition at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto includes his own paintings, drawings and sculptural works, in dialogue with historical artefacts and art works borrowed from museum and private collections from across the country. The exhibition narrates a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations’ resilience.

Exhibition Brochure


Opening Reception

Thursday January 26, 2017, 6:30pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

The R.K. Teetzel Lecture in Art by Kent Monkman

Wednesday February 1, 2017, 4:30pm
Presented by University College
University College, Room 140

Curator’s Tour with Kent Monkman

Saturday February 4, 2017, 2pm
Meet at University of Toronto Art Centre


Sunday February 5, 2017, 12–5pm
The tour starts at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto (15 King’s College Circle) and then departs for Gallery TPW, Blackwood Gallery, and Oakville Galleries. To RSVP: email or call 905-828-3789 by Friday, February 3 at 5pm.

Wampum Woven through Anishinaabe History

Wednesday February 15, 2017, 6pm
Featuring Brian Charles
University of Toronto Art Centre


Tour Schedule

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta
June 17 – September 10, 2017
Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s, Kingston, Ontario
January 6 – April 8, 2018
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
June 24 – September 15, 2018
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 10 – December 15, 2018
McCord Museum, Montréal, Québec
January 15 – February 24, 2019
Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario
Summer 2019
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
October 2019 – January 2020
Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia
May – October 2020

Our Supporters

This touring exhibition is produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown and has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada. Lead Sponsor: Donald R. Sobey Family Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Ontario Arts Council’s National and International Touring program, the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, Manulife, TD Insurance, and MBNA. The Media Sponsor is NOW Magazine.

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