Left to right: Mary Reid, WAG Curator of Contemporary Art, Kent Monkman, and Gordon Gage, WAG President of the Board, 2008. Winnipeg Art Gallery.

On June 5, the WAG opens an exhibition of work by Kent Monkman, a Manitoba-born Toronto-based artist of Cree and Irish ancestry.

Monkman produces work in a variety of media. He is perhaps best known for his humorously salacious large-scale paintings that draw on a range of influences, from 19th century ethnography and the North American romantic landscape tradition, to classic Hollywood westerns and contemporary queer culture. Kent Monkman: The Triumph of Mischief is a collaborative project between the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.