'Big, Bold, Audacious' Kent Monkman Artworks 'at Home' at the Met, Says Curator

By Jessica Wong
Cree artist Kent Monkman discusses his two monumental new paintings installed in the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Tuesday. (Sean Conaboy/CBC)
A bold commentary on North American history is one of the first things visitors to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will see for the next few months — and it comes courtesy of renowned Cree artist Kent Monkman. Monkman, a member of the Fisher River First Nation in Manitoba, was in Manhattan Tuesday to help unveil two massive new paintings in the Met's main entrance. Commissioned by the New York museum, the artworks are part of a series which invites contemporary artists to create new pieces inspired by art in the Met's collection. Monkman is the inaugural artist to be featured in the Great Hall. [More]
Resurgence of the People is one of two massive new works by Monkman, part of the installation mistik├┤siwak (Wooden Boat People), on display in the Met's Great Hall. (Metropolitan Museum of Art )
Welcoming the Newcomers is the second new work, with the full installation mistik├┤siwak (Wooden Boat People) remaining on display until April 9, 2020. (Metropolitan Museum of Art )