yellow ground; abstracted paper doll-like Native American figures at left and right; round-faced sketchy cartoon head with crossed arms, upside down, at top, in grey, black and rust; pair of grey hands making shadow figure at center; train in grey, LRC; figures on horses in grey, LLC; running Native American and horse on top of grey images, LLC; stick figures and coyote in black, LRC; black typeface and handwritten text; "HUMOR", upside down, at bottom

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

Survival: Humor, 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, Nature/Medicine, and Tribe/Community.

Details
Title
Survival: Humor
Artist Life
American (Salish, Nehiiyawak and Aqui-Dika), born 1940
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2008.66.3
Provenance
Zanatta Editions, Shawnee, Kansas (publisher); (Joe Zanatta Contemporary Art, Shawnee, Kansas); sold to MIA, 2008.
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yellow ground; abstracted paper doll-like Native American figures at left and right; round-faced sketchy cartoon head with crossed arms, upside down, at top, in grey, black and rust; pair of grey hands making shadow figure at center; train in grey, LRC; figures on horses in grey, LLC; running Native American and horse on top of grey images, LLC; stick figures and coyote in black, LRC; black typeface and handwritten text; "HUMOR", upside down, at bottom

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