November 9, 2021
Native American Heritage Month! MCA Denver Staff Shares Their Influential Artists & Creators
November is Native American Heritage Month! It is a time to honor and recognize the diverse cultures, contributions, and achievements of Native Americans. In recognition, we asked MCA Denver staff to share artists/creators who have impacted their lives, as well as those that have made an influence on arts and culture in contemporary society.
Dylan Woods - Food & Beverage Manager
Who is an artist/creator that has been an influence in your life?
I love Kent Monkman, a Toronto-based Cree visual artist, because his work is provocative, unabashedly queer, and often filled with cheeky references to art history. Monkman flips British Colonial art on its head, making Indigenous people the heroes of their story.
Share and discuss your favorite work from this artist/creator?
From the artist’s bio:
“Known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history, Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Monkman’s gender-fluid alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle often appears in his work as a time-traveling, shape-shifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples”.