AGA Cinema For Seniors | Spotlight on the Films of Kent Monkman

Date: Mar 15, 2023

Deadline: Apr 14, 2023 - 2:00 pm

Friday, April 14, 2 pm

This program will explore Kent Monkman’s film work and showcase pieces created featuring Monkman’s gender-fluid alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle who often appears in his work as a time-traveling, shapeshifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples. 

The film will be screened in our Ledcor Theatre in English, located in the lower level of the gallery.

This program is around 1.5 hours in length - the film screen is roughly 60 minutes long and the following discussion will be for 30 minutes and includes tea and treats. If you are a senior looking to partake in art experiences and meet fellow life-long learners, this program is for you. 

Entrance to the program is $5 with no one turned away due to lack of funds. Barrier-free access can be accessed online by selecting the appropriate barrier free ticket or by coming to the gallery and requesting the barrier free ticket.     

This film program is for a mature audience and though the work is often humorous, or imaginative it includes challenging subject, such as colonisation, racism, homophobia and transphobia.

Registration is recommended since space is limited. This screening is part of the program for the exhibition Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art.

Kent Monkman 

Kent Monkman is an interdisciplinary Cree visual artist. A member of Fisher River Cree Nation in Treaty 5 Territory (Manitoba), he lives and works in Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto, Canada). Known for his thought-provoking interventions into Western European and American art history, Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across painting, film/video, performance, and installation. 

Monkman’s short film and video works, collaboratively made with Gisèle Gordon, have screened at festivals such as the Berlinale (2007, 2008) and the Toronto International Film Festival (2007, 2015).

Monkman is the recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2017), an honorary doctorate degree from OCAD University (2017), the Indspire Award (2014), and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award (2014).