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Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization

Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist and Cree-Irish Canadian, Kent Monkman, mounts a new site specific installation at the Gardiner Museum comprised of a nine-foot high buffalo jump topped by two full-sized mounted bison and a sculpture of Miss Chief, the artist’s alter ego. At the base of the cliff, smashed ceramics reference the build-up of bones often found at buffalo jumps, the result of years of sustainable hunting before the decimation of the bison population by European settlers. Monkman’s installation addresses the bison’s near extinction in the 1800s, when their numbers were reduced from 50 million to the hundreds, and the implications that this had for the Native population.

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