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Fifty Shades of White

© Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, New York. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.

Fifty Shades of White

Artist: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Born at St. Ignatius Indian Mission, Flathead Reservation, Montana, 1940)
Date: 2018
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Dimensions:
40 × 60 1/2 inches (101.6 × 153.67 cm)
Classification: Mixed Media
Credit Line: Gift of Nancy A. Nasher (J.D.’79, P’18, P’22) and David J. Haemisegger (P’18, P’22)
Label Text:Jaune Quick-to-See Smith combines Native American artistic traditions with contemporary subject matter to rethink issues related to the environment, history, identity, and race. In Fifty Shades of White, Quick-to-See Smith presents a conventional map of the United States in varying shades of white paint, which contrasts with the multi-colored blocks of neighboring countries. Instead of labeling each state with its name, the artist inserts the descriptive names of various white paints carried by hardware store brands. Quick-to-See Smith uses humor—“White Peach” and “Blizzard White” replace the state names of Georgia and North Dakota—to prompt the viewer to reconsider notions of Euro-American cultural and racial authority, as well as the historical and current policies and attitudes towards indigenous cultures.
Object number: 2018.15.1