Kent Monkman / Dance to Miss Chief
FEBRUARY 20 – JUNE 14, 2015
VIDEO GALLERY, RICHARD MEIER BUILDING
Single-channel is a program dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of important single-channel video by contemporary artists. Each series is dedicated to a specific theme explored in unexpected and surprising ways by artists from around the world. The exhibition format presents one video for approximately 12 weeks. Single-channel 5: Dance celebrates the various ways artists incorporate dance into their work, from simply celebrating the body in motion to expressions of complicated political thought. Dance to Miss Chief features the alter ego of Cree artist Kent Monkman, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, starring in the music video of her own theme song. The video illustrates Miss Chief’s romance with Winnetou, the lead in a popular series of Western novels written by German author Karl May, and made into popular films starring a French actor. By manipulating footage from these movies, intercut with contemporary sequences of Miss Chief and authentic Cree dancers, Monkman cleverly comments on issues of gender, history, and cultural appropriation, setting it all to an infectious dance beat.
About the Art Center's Single-channel program
Kent Monkman (Canadian, born 1965)
Dance to Miss Chief, 2010
Video, 5 minutes