On view May 31 - July 29.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the finest indigenous talents in the United States. Smith is an artist with extraordinary aesthetic, intellectual, and curatorial achievements to her credit. She mines her cross-cultural experience and Salish-Kootenai identity, and spans cultures with powerful, idiosyncratic results of high aesthetic caliber. Few Native artists have worked with such grace, inventiveness, and aesthetic success between cultures and art worlds. Smith has an international reputation with a strong, clear body of work. She has earned her leading standing among women artists and Native American artists while simultaneously aligning both of these often still marginalized groups more closely with the mainstream art world.
Including 44 paintings and works on paper from the artist’s collection, Yellowstone Art Museum’s permanent collection, and other private collectors, this exhibition will examine recurrent themes in Smith’s body of work including conflict, compassion, peace, the cycle of life, irony, and identity. Smith has always operated on a cusp – culturally, temporally, aesthetically, and from a gender perspective – which gives her work an attention-getting vitality, originality, and relevance. Her role in the shift toward deepening respect for Native American contemporary art in its own right has been significant. She describes herself as a “cultural arts worker.” Smith also has credits as a curator, writer, speaker, and leader in the arts.
This exhibition was organized by Yellowstone Art Museum Made possible by a grant from Colorado Creative Industries.