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Annual Samuel Thorne Memorial Lecture: Kent Monkman at the Met

November 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Annual Samuel Thorne Memorial Lecture: A Cree Artist Redraws History: Kent Monkman’s Great Hall Commission for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

with Randall Griffey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Co-Sponsored by Connecticut League of History Organizations

This lecture has been rescheduled from April and is now a virtual event. This free event is limited to 500 spaces!

Please register here. A link to access the event will be sent to all registered participants.

Griffey discusses Cree artist Kent Monkman’s mistikôsiwak (The Wooden Boat People) 2019. These two monumental canvases on view in The Met’s Great Hall explore themes of colonization, immigration, loss, and resilience through the lens of Indigenous people. For the commission, the Toronto- based Monkman mined European and American art in The Met’s collection, re-examining conventional representations of Indigenous peoples in the Western art canon. Griffey will describe how The Met’s work with contemporary artists like Monkman can offer challenging and diverse perspectives on our shared history.


November 7, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Florence Griswold
(860) 434-5542
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