JAUNE QUICK-TO-SEE SMITH
Water and War
February 28 - April 6, 2013
In Water and War Smiths paintings depict her passionate concerns about climate change, the survival of our environment and the economic fall out from government and corporate decisions made in recent decades. Many works also comment on American Indian life and its paradoxical relationship to American consumerism. In Sissy and the Plutocrats a female Sisyphus pushes her shopping cart up a mountain, which is laden with elegant foodstuffs. Here, Smith looks at the widening gap between rich and poor, using her signature mix of pointed humor and cleverly constructed symbolism.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is a critically acclaimed Native American artist, who over the past 40 years has had more than 100 solo exhibitions, during which she completed nationwide printmaking projects, curated over 30 Native American exhibitions, and gave more than 200 lectures at museums and conferences internationally, most recently at universities in China. Smith has also completed several collaborative public works including the floor design in the Great Hall of the new Denver Airport, an in-situ sculpture piece in Yerba Buena Park of San Francisco, and a mile-long sidewalk history trail in West Seattle.
Smiths work is included in dozens of important museum collections: Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum for World Cultures, Frankfurt, Germany and Museum for Ethnology, Berlin - to name only a few. Recent awards include a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation to archive her work; the 2011 Art Table Artist Award; Moore College of Art & Design, PA, Visionary Woman Award for 2011; Induction into the National Academy of Art 2011; Living Artist of Distinction, Georgia OKeeffe Museum, NM, 2012; and the Switzer Distinguished Artist Award for 2012. Smith also holds 4 honorary doctorates from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mass College of Art and the University of New Mexico.
Born at St. Ignatius Mission on her reservation Smith is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana. She currently lives and works in New Mexico.