In light of the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Art Canada Institute has decided to postpone this event.


The Art Canada Institute is committed to the continued well-being of our community. To this end, we have received guidance from health authorities urging us to not hold large public gatherings through to the end of April. The decision to postpone the Monkman lecture was not arrived at easily, but we feel strongly that it is in the best interest of public health to avoid convening an audience of over 800 attendees at this time.


We will reschedule this event in the near future—as soon as we have a clear idea of when it is safe to do so—and be in touch with further details shortly. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding. Should you have questions please feel free to contact us at [email protected]




Kent monkman

the making of a masterpiece


7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music

273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON


Canada’s most celebrated artist talks about his groundbreaking commission for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art


In this talk, Kent Monkman will reveal how he was commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to create two historic paintings for the exhibition entitled mistikôsiwak (the Cree term for European settlers, translating as “wooden boat people”). An estimated three million viewers will see mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People), on view until April 2020, which the international press has heralded as “stupendous” (New York Times), “sure to alarm and educate” (The Observer), and works that “do nothing less than turn conventional Western art history on its head” (Artnet News).

Monkman will explain how, using the techniques of a modern atelier, he and his studio created the monumental paintings that address North America’s legacy of colonialism while also referencing and critiquing Western art history. He will discuss the diptych’s portrayal of North American history through an Indigenous lens, and how the composition engages with The Met’s collection of North American Indigenous, American, and European art to revisit the history of European first contact and the future of Indigenous resilience.


The Art Canada Institute is also proud to announce its publication of Revision and Resistance: mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which delves into the genius behind the works through essays written by today’s most prominent voices on Indigenous art and Canadian painting.


Pre-order an exclusive copy signed by Kent Monkman.



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