Though created in 1992, the issues Quick-to-See Smith confronts in I See Red: Target are more pressing than ever. For decades, Native Americans and activists have steadily called for racist caricatures like the mascot of the Cleveland Indians to be changed. As America is reckoning with a renewed civil rights and racial justice movement, the demand to ban brands that depict stereotypes of Native Americans has come back to the forefront.
Quick-to-See Smith is an enrolled Salish member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation in Montana, and currently lives in New Mexico. A successful artist and educator with a career spanning forty years, her work is already held by major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.