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April 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fresh Voices/New Visions Lecture

Please note: This event has been postponed until November. Please check back soon for updates. 

A Cree Artist Redraws History: Kent Monkman’s Great Hall Commission for The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Randall Griffey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Springtime Samuel Thorne Memorial Lecture, co-Sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Lecture held in Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme
Free but reservations requested. Call (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or email

Griffey discusses Cree artist Kent Monkman’s mistikôsiewak (The Wooden Boat People), 2019. The two monumental canvases 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.


Image Credit: Kent Monkman (Cree, b. 1965). Detail of Welcoming the Newcomers, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 132 x 264 in. (335.28 x 670.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist.


April 18
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
2 Ferry Road
Old Lyme, 06371 United States