Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In The Footsteps Of My Ancestors
by Yellowstone Art Museum
This exhibition catalog includes full-color illustrations and essays by noted scholars Lowery Stokes Sims and Gail Tremblay, as well as commentary from the artist.
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai, Métis-Cree, Shoshone-Bannock) is one of the U.S.'s finest Indigenous talents. Smith is a legendary 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. 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.
The exhibition "In the Footsteps of My Ancestors" examined themes that perennially recur in her 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.