Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors
Mar 23, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
Yellowstone Art Museum
401 North 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
|Time:||Museum Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m; Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Closed Monday|
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is one of the U.S.’s finest indigenous talents. Coming of age when Abstract Expressionism with its white male tenor dominated, Smith pushed back and developed a strong personal vision forged from belonging to two marginalized groups by birth (female, Native American) and one by choice (non-urban). This timely and exciting exhibition will be the first solo exhibition of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s work in her native state of Montana in over a generation. In keeping with the YAM’s Montana Masters series goals, Smith is a mature, late-career 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. The evolution of her lifelong investigations is a cornerstone of this exhibition. Few Native artists have worked with such alacrity 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.