The New Social Environment#118

Kent Monkman with Amber Jamilla Musser


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artist Kent Monkman will join professor and author Amber Jamilla Musser for a conversation. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.

In this talk

Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman
Photo by Samuel Engelking
Kent Monkman is an interdisciplinary Cree visual artist. A member of Fisher River Cree Nation in Treaty 5 Territory (Manitoba), he lives and works in Dish With One Spoon Territory (Toronto, Canada). Known for his provocative interventions into Western European and American art history, Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience—the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experiences—across painting, film/video, performance, and installation. Monkman’s gender-fluid alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle often appears in his work as a time-traveling, shape-shifting, supernatural being who reverses the colonial gaze to challenge received notions of history and Indigenous peoples.

Amber Jamilla Musser

Photo of Amber Jamilla Musser
Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser PhD is Professor of American Studies at George Washington University. She writes about race, sexuality, and aesthetics. She is the author of Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) and Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance (NYU Press, 2018). She has an MSt in Women’s Studies from Oxford University and received her PhD in History of Science from Harvard University, and has held fellowships at New York University’s Draper Program in Gender Studies and Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She also writes art criticism for the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs reading.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

LaTasha Diggs
Photo credit: Willy Somma
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a writer, vocalist and performance/sound artist as well as an independent curator, artistic director, and producer. Among many other awards, Diggs most recently received a 2020 C.D. Wright Award for Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art.

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