Review: Kent Monkman’s Miss America

Kent Monkman gives me performance anxiety.

My politics and my day job both lead me to do some solidarity work with aboriginal people, and have given me opportunities to learn about local Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) culture, but nothing about the Cree culture that figures into Monkman’s work. And sure, my love of creative expression has left me with an pile of sketchbooks and a vague knowledge of Western art history. Truthfully, though, none of these things qualify me to write an insightful review of Miss America, Monkman’s current show at Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain. It didn’t take me long, though, to realize I shouldn’t be so worried.

2-QTPOC brings new spirit to Divers/Cité

When CultMtl asked me to write an article about the upcoming 2-qtpocmontréal, I nearly spit out my sandwich. I am a 2-QTPOC fanqueer if ever there was one — I read the blogs, buy the cupcakes, and my apartment is littered with zines and posters produced by the culture’s many talented and dedicated artists and activists. Since receiving invitations to support and participate in the 10-day (August 10-19) program of art exhibitions, workshops, lectures, performances, and dance parties back in June, I have been looking forward to Pride in Montréal like never before.