Kent Monkman at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Thursday December 19, 2019
The Consulate General of Canada in New York partnered with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most prestigious museums in the world, on the opening evening event and premiere unveiling of a major new commission for two installations by renowned Canadian artist, Kent Monkman. The pieces, entitled mistikôsiwak: Wooden Boat People, were unveiled in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday, December 19, 2019. The opening event included a performance by Kent Monkman’s alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testikle, based upon her upcoming memoirs, and a conversation with Kent Monkman and curator Randall Griffey in the Met’s 700-seat Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Met Director, Max Hollien, welcomed and addressed the audience, and Consul General Phyllis Yaffe gave remarks that highlighted Canada’s contributions to the art world and the significance of culture broadly to Canada’s trade and advocacy interests. A reception in the Great Hall followed. Guests included Met Trustees, donors, dignitaries, key constituents and the general public. The Council for Canada American Relations and McCarthy Tétrault also supported this initiative.