2020 Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture

Miss Chief in the Museum

Kent Monkman

Artist Kent Monkman will present the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture on February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, University of King’s College.

Miss Chief in the Museum

History is subjective. The dominant version of history upheld in museums on this continent is told from the perspective of the colonial settler cultures who projected their values and ideals onto the Indigenous people and landscape of North America. Cree artist Kent Monkman discusses his interventions in museums that have taken form as commissioned paintings, curated exhibitions, videos, and site specific performances. Monkman will also discuss his recent commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York – two monumental history paintings for the Great Hall and the creation of a new performance piece.

About the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture

Fred and Elizabeth Fountain and their daughter Katharine established the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture in 2011 to honour Alex, who died in August 2009. This exceptional gift to the college enables the King’s student body to invite a speaker of their choosing to the university each year. Previous lecturers include author Michael Ondaatje, Governor General Michaëlle Jean and Experimental vocalist and artist Tanya Tagaq.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but please note that King’s students will receive priority seating and space is not guaranteed to the general public.

Photo credit: Aaron Wynia