Shelagh Keeley | An Encyclopedia of Memory and Slowness
Nov 15, 2007 - Dec 30, 2007

Kent Monkman, The Triumph of Mischief

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present the flambouyant, multi-media extravaganza by Kent Monkman, The Triumph of Mischief, in our mainspace gallery, and three distinct bodies of drawings by Shelagh Keeley, under the title An Encyclopaedia of Memory and Slowness, in our project room, both opening on Friday November 16th and continuing through December 30th, 2007.

Kent Monkman is a Manitoba-born, Toronto-based artist of Cree and Irish ancestry. He produces work in a variety of media, including painting, video and film, photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Monkman draws inspiration from the histories depicted in 19th Century art, including photography and Romantic painting, colonial portrayals of Aboriginal peoples and cinematic genres such as classic Hollywood Westerns. Using these conventions he constructs new stories through images that take into account the missing narratives and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples. His work furthermore explores stereotypes of masculinity and queer culture through the construction of witty situations and scenarios that use sexuality as a tool for challenging the authority of these established histories.

The selection of work included in this exhibition centers around Monkman’s performance alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. Monkman will transform the gallery space into Miss Chief’s Tipi Camp that will include two tipis as well as new and recent paintings and films on loan from major public and private collections.

The Triumph of Mischief is a collaborative project between the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, (AGGV). Conceived by David Liss, Director/Curator of MOCCA and Shirley Madill, Director/CEO of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the nationally touring exhibition will also be presented at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax and the AGGV. The tour was launched at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in June 2007.

Born in Oakville, Ontario, Shelagh Keeley has spent more than two decades living and producing artwork in places such as New York, Paris and New Delhi, India. Recently re-located to Toronto, the exhibition, An Encyclopaedia of Memory and Slowness is intended to affectionately mark Keeley’s return to her homeland. This project includes three bodies of drawings: her most recent series of black drawings, An Encyclopaedia of Memory and Slowness (2007), selections from the Erotic Notebook, (2003 – 2005), and Flesh of the Body, (1990), a remarkable, 30-ft.-long drawing across 7 steel panels, originally commissioned by The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, acquired by the Art Gallery of North York in 1994 and, by no small coincidence, is now included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

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