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Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice Extended at the WAG

Visitors can view the breathtaking exhibition until February 23

Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 23, 2020: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is thrilled to announce the extension of Kent Monkman’s exhibition Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience until Sunday, February 23. Winnipeg has shown great support for this show, from the public opening and artist talk to the community conversations hosted by Indigenous leaders.

Visitors have three more weeks to experience 300 years of Indigenous experience in Canada before Shame and Prejudice moves on to its last stop on a national tour, Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology at UBC from May-October 2020.

Quick Facts:

  • Sunday, February 9, the second monthly Canada Life Free Sundays@WAG takes place, and admission is FREE from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Local drag queens will read stories for children in the galleries from 12:00-2:00 pm.
  • Through nine chronological chapters, Shame and Prejudice resonates with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work to bring about justice for the ongoing impacts of colonialism today.
  • Kent Monkman is an internationally-renowned Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who grew up in Winnipeg.
  • Monkman works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.
  • Now based in Toronto, Monkman is well-known for his provocative depictions of Indigenous resistance throughout Canadian history. He anchors his deeply social contemporary practice in an extensive knowledge of art history, and doesn’t shy away from truth telling.


Visitor Feedback from Social Media:

  • “A layered, truly powerful, and subversive take on #Canada and the legacies of colonialism. I highly recommend it.”
  • “Such an amazingly powerful and heartbreaking exhibit. The cradle board room was unbelievable.”
  • One of my students saw her house in one of his paintings!
  • “Amazing work which provides much to think about.”
  • “This show is probably my favourite WAG exhibition so far…It was funny and heartbreaking and breathtaking.”
  • “This show offers a sobering glimpse into both past and current challenges faced by Indigenous peoples because of deeply entrenched colonialism. A powerful and moving narrative.”
  • “Every Canadian should see this exhibition.”



“It has been an honour to host this monumental exhibition in Winnipeg as part of its national tour. Kent Monkman is making waves with his call for justice for Indigenous Peoples in Canada.”

—Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, Winnipeg Art Gallery


“Celebrated artist Kent Monkman, in a seismically large survey of his work and research, tells the important story of Canada through education and art. As an artist with Winnipeg roots, he is shaping our country’s journey of relationship-building and celebration of Indigenous voices and stories.”

—Jaimie Isaac, Curator of Indigenous & Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery


Supported by

This circulating exhibition is produced by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, and has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Lead Sponsor: Donald R. Sobey Foundation.


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Amy Rebecca Harrison
Engagement Supervisor
Winnipeg Art Gallery


Amber O’Reilly
Engagement Officer
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Opening in 2020, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit


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