Artist and Model
- Kent Monkman, Swampy Cree, Fisher River First Nation, b. 1965
- Born: Ontario
- Work Locations: Toronto, ON
Kent Monkman (Fisher River Band Cree), Artist and Model, 2012. Acrylic paint on canvas; 59 1/4 x 95 in. Gift of Vicki and Kent Logan to the Denver Art Museum, 2016.287. © Kent Monkman.
In this painting Monkman both literally and figuratively inverts the power dynamic between native model and non-native artist. Early 20th century photographer Edward S. Curtis becomes a passive eroticized subject while Miss Chief, having smashed his camera, takes back Native authorship and creative control. This subject signaled a new course for Monkman’s work as the study for this painting (2003) featured the first appearance of his Miss Chief character.
- "Sovereign: Independent Voices" at Denver Art Museum, 9/2013-8/2015
- “Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection” — Denver Art Museum, 1/13/2022
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