Being Legendary at Royal Ontario Museum: Confronting Colonialism, Rethinking History
Par Kent Monkman
Being Legendary presents a new and never-before-published body of work by internationally renowned Cree artist Kent Monkman. Provocative and groundbreaking, Monkman focuses on two of the most urgent topics in today’s cultural world by posing the following questions: How do we revisit and re-think the dominant version of history and natural science embedded in colonial institutions to incorporate the foundations of Indigenous knowledge? How can museums stay relevant in the twenty-first century?
With this daring oeuvre of painting and sculpture accompanied by poignant written commentary from leading Indigenous thinkers, Monkman shares an unprecedented worldview—one that takes his audience on an epic journey from time immemorial to the present. Through his shape-shifting, time-travelling, genderfluid alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, Monkman amplifies the voices of Cree knowledge keepers and challenges perceptions of Indigenous peoples by exploring the science and knowledge embedded in Indigenous stories. Bold, evocative, and prescient, Being Legendary will change the conversation about our understanding of both art and history.
Hardcover | 9.5 x 11.875 | 175 pp
– Essays and reflections from leading Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers
– Dozens of previously unpublished paintings
– Over a hundred full-colour illustrations