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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map

Feb 29 – May 12 2024

Seattle Art Museum

Special Exhibition

One of the most innovative and powerful artists of her generation, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (b. 1940, citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation) has broken barriers and forged new paths for contemporary American art. This exhibition—the largest and most comprehensive showing of her work to date—brings together over five decades of Smith’s paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures in an immersive journey through her singular blend of modern art strategies and Indigenous cultural practices.

Smith’s work engages the languages of abstraction, expressionism, and Pop Art to interrogate American life and identity from a Native perspective. Through humor and satire, she inverts historical narratives to expose the absurdities in the formation of dominant discourses and question why certain visual languages are valued over others. Across decades and mediums, her approach blurs boundaries and activates images and ideas culled from history, mapping, environmentalism, popular culture, and mass media. Her impact—visible not only in her artwork but also in her activism and her curatorial practice—has positioned contemporary Native American art at the center of today’s critical dialogues around land, social justice, preservation, and sustainability.

This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Generous support for Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Terra Foundation

The presentation in Seattle is made possible by

Presenting Sponsors
The Virginia Wright Future Fund

Lead Sponsors
Garth Greenan and Peter Kelly
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Major Sponsor
Roberts Family Foundation

Supporting Sponsor
Perkins Coie LLP

Additional Support
Port Madison Enterprises
Suquamish Foundation

Image: Memory Map, 2000, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, oil, acrylic, and paper on canvas, 36 × 48 in., OZ Art NWA, Bentonville, Arkansas, © Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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