Paul Chaat Smith: Ready or Not

1st of the JCI 2013/2014 Lecture Series. 5:30 pm.

Paul Chaat Smith writes books and curates exhibitions that focus on issues of Indian space and representation. His projects include the permanent history gallery at the National Museum of the American Indian, performance artist James Luna at the 2005 Venice Biennial, Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian, and Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort.

He is the coauthor of Like a Hurricane: the Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee, a standard text in Native studies and American history courses. His second book, Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong, was published in 2009 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Smith is a member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma. He joined the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2001, where he serves as Associate Curator. Smith has no college or university degrees.