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Kent Monkman - Cree
WASHINGTON - In his first performance in the United States, acclaimed Canadian artist Kent Monkman, Cree, presents a new work featuring his alter ego, Miss Chief.
Monkman's large-scale paintings, faux-antique photographs, silent films, and performance works subvert official histories of Manifest Destiny and "noble savages." "The Emergence of a Legend," a group of photographs in National Museum of the American Indian's collection, portrays Miss Chief in some of her many guises - a performer in George Catlin's touring Indian Gallery; a vaudeville dancer; and a director of Hollywood westerns - re-envisioning the history of Indians performing for non-Indians.
Monkman portrays Miss Chief
In his new performance, Monkman brings Miss Chief's wit and larger than life personality to questions of identity and blood quantum. The performance will be accompanied by a screening of some of Monkman's short films and an opportunity to meet the artist.
Recommended for mature audiences.
WHAT: Miss Chief Performance
WHEN: Friday, February 24
TIME: 6:00 pm est
WHERE: National Museum of the American Indian
posted February 15, 2012 7:45 am est
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