The Confluence

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The 2019 diptych mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) by Kent Monkman is one of a series of recent commissions by the Metropolitan Museum in New York granted to diverse artists, shifting the Museum’s focus to a broader, inclusive, and global scope. Monkman’s large scale paintings are site specific, exploring interactions between the work and the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum. The work uses visual quotation to connect to historical works within the collection of the Met, thereby commenting on the legacy of colonialism and subsequent impacts on Native peoples and cultures. The analysis of the work focuses on visual and iconographic comparison with Western examples such as Titian’s Venus and Adonis, Delacroix’s The Natchez, and most significantly Leutze’s Washington Crossing the Delaware, exploring Monkman’s symbolism and intended commentaries on the displacement and resurgence of Native peoples.

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Jasen D. Evoy is a student at Lindenwood University.

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