Critical Writing Index

At the Met, Cree artist Kent Monkman asks visitors to confront North America’s colonial past

by Kate Taylor

The Globe and Mail, 2019

Kate Taylor's article profiles the public launch of a new diptych by Cree artist Kent Monkman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Through his paintings, "he is asking the Met and its many visitors to confront North America’s murderous colonial history – as Canada tries exporting Indigenous perspectives and the hope of reconciliation to the United States" (Taylor). These paintings, created under Monkman's direction, represent the artist’s increasingly sophisticated deployment of a revisionist style of history painting.

ITEM 2019.021 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Welcoming the NewcomersKent Monkman

Resurgence of the PeopleKent Monkman

mistikosiwak (Wooden Boat People)Kent Monkman

Ragnar Kjartansson

Washington Crossing the DelawareEmanuel Leutze

The NatchezEugène Delacroix

Mexican Girl DyingThomas Crawford

Wangechi Mutu