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Revision and Resistance

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Revision and Resistance: mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Par Kent Monkman

This book explores mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) by the internationally renowned artist Kent Monkman. Commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the epic diptych exhibited in The Met’s Great Hall revisits iconic works of art, notably the famed painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. Monkman—featured in mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) as his time-travelling, shape-shifting, gender-fluid alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle—reverses the colonial gaze of American and European art history through an Indigenous lens to present a powerful vision for the future. Revision and Resistance: mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the definitive documentation on Monkman, his practice, and two of the most important paintings of our times.

Contributions include interviews and essays by Dr. Sasha Suda, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada; professors and art historians Dr. Ruth B. Phillips and Dr. Mark Salber Phillips; Dr. Jami Powell, Associate Curator of Native American Art at the Hood Museum; Shirley Madill, Executive Director at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; and author and professor Dr. Nick Estes.


The Art Canada Institute gratefully acknowledges this book’s Title Sponsors: the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, Kiki and Ian Delaney, Rosamond Ivey, and the Hal Jackman Foundation.

$50 CAD

ISBN 9781487102258

Hardcover | 9.5” x 11.875” | 128 pages


– Over 150 full colour photographs and paintings

– Two photo essays: one of the making of the painting, one of its installation at The Met
– Die-cut dust jacket over hardcover laminated case
– Two gatefolds of Kent Monkman’s diptych paintings Welcoming the Newcomers and Resurgence of the People
– Two sewn-in booklets featuring indexes of historical artworks referenced by Kent Monkman in mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People)

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