Known for her use of political satire and humor to examine current American Indian issues, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the nation’s most accomplished contemporary artists. This exhibition of compelling works, ranging from paintings and drawings to prints and installations, explores the artist’s preoccupation with the paradox of American Indian existence in the reality of the U.S. consumer culture. Quick-to-See Smith examines myths, stereotypes and flaws of contemporary society through loaded subject matter such as cowboys and Indians, General Custer, fry bread, reservation life, war, and various American Indian archteypes. Her work has received significant critical acclaim through more than 75 solo exhibitions and has been collected by many important museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
This exhibition was organized by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Belger Arts Center for Creative Studies with guest curator Charles Muir Lovell, Director, Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico, Taos. The exhibition tour was organized by TREX: the Traveling Exhibitions Program of the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, with support from MetLife Foundation and McCune Charitable Foundation.