grey images in background of Native Americans on horses, butterfly, flowers, turkey, bird, figures of various sizes and stockings; abstracted red running figure in front/foreground, left; black tree-like image at center; red and black seated figure playing a flute at right center; "NATURE" and "MEDICINE" in grey at left and right edges

%C2%A9 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith%2C Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery%2C New York

Survival: Nature/Medicine, 1996

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Jaune Quick-to-See Smith combines her Native aesthetic with abstraction found in Western art. She adeptly mixes text and imagery to inject subtle hints or overt references to subjects she wants her viewers to consider. The lithographs in Smith’s four-part Survival series are named for Native social models that have given indigenous people resilience, allowing them to survive the severe disruption brought about by colonialism. The other subjects in the series are Wisdom/Knowledge, Tribe/Community, and Humor.

Details
Title
Survival: Nature/Medicine
Artist Life
American (Salish, Nehiiyawak and Aqui-Dika), born 1940
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2008.66.2
Provenance
Zanatta Editions, Shawnee, Kansas (publisher); (Joe Zanatta Contemporary Art, Shawnee, Kansas); sold to MIA, 2008.
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grey images in background of Native Americans on horses, butterfly, flowers, turkey, bird, figures of various sizes and stockings; abstracted red running figure in front/foreground, left; black tree-like image at center; red and black seated figure playing a flute at right center; "NATURE" and "MEDICINE" in grey at left and right edges

© Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York