The meeting, or rather fictional wedding, between Kent Monkman (a Canadian artist of Cree and Irish descent) and French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier had all the trappings of a great story. The setting for this 2017 performance was the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), where Gaultier's Love Is Love exhibition (May 22–October 22, 2017) was on display.1 In the weeks leading up to the mock wedding, the exhibition had been the target of public outcry because Gaultier used an eagle-feather headdress as inspiration for one of his wedding dresses—to many eyes, cultural appropriation.2 Both Gaultier's exhibition and the wedding received plenty of press attention, and it was Monkman's alter ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, who quickly and expertly defused the cultural bombshell.

Gaultier's oversight or mistake could easily have gone unchallenged in the gallery, had it not been for the attentiveness of the MMFA's director, Nathalie...

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