In his panoramic painting Wedding at Sodom (2017), Monkman draws inspiration from European paintings to depict a scene of revelry. Here, he focuses on the allegory of the American frontier to speak about Transgender and gender nonconformity at the forefront of contemporary culture. Video Crossings is a contemporary video dialogue inspired by historical works of art of American, Southwest and Mexican origin on view in Border Crossings: Mexico and the American Southwest. Curated by Betsy Fahlman, Adjunct Curator of American Art and Vanessa Davidson, Lampe Curator of Latin American Art, this installation represents a cultural conversation between Mexico and the United States where physical demarcations, such as border walls, no longer exist.
Kent Monkman, Wedding at Sodom, 2017. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM.
Video Crossings was conceived by Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator as way to continue the spirit of collaboration between museum colleagues but also to activate the historic works with contemporary dialogues that allow younger audiences new entry points of discovery. The selection of artists for Video Crossings is inspired by these incredible objects and activates the gallery space in new and exciting ways. The works of art by the four Video Crossings artists are inspired by different aspects of the historic works on display – culture, landscape, history and weather – and articulated through immersive video installations filled with color, light, and sound.
Video Crossings: Kent Monkman is made possible through the support of the Consulate General of Canada and the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.
Kent Monkman, Love, 2014. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of Peters Projects, Santa Fe, NM.
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