Ask a Curator: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map

Nov 30, 2023

Explore Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map with the show’s curatorial team: Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Caitlin Chaisson, Curatorial Project Assistant. Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, upends myths of American empire across paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures. Her pointed and often humorous works employ a rich visual vocabulary inspired by modern art historical movements like Pop and Abstract Expressionism and potent symbols of Native American culture and identity, such as horses, bison, and canoes. This long overdue retrospective showcases over one hundred and thirty works by an essential voice in contemporary American art. For nearly five decades, Smith has addressed critical issues around land use, racism, and cultural preservation in her work and used her platform to mentor a new generation of Native American artists. For this event, Phipps will give a gallery tour of the exhibition followed by an opportunity for audience members to submit questions to be answered live on Zoom.