Laura E. Smith

Associate Professor of Art History, Michigan State University



Horace Poolaw, Photographer of American Indian Modernity, University of Nebraska Press, June 2016.

Anthology  Chapters

“Complex Negotiations: Beadwork, Gender, and Modernism in Horace Poolaw’s Portrait of Two Kiowa Women,” in Locating American Art: Finding Art’s Meaning in Museums, Cynthia Fowler, ed., Ashgate Press,  January 2016.


“On Indigenous Digit-al Media and Augmented Realities in Will Wilson’s eyeDazzler: Trans-customary Portal to Another Dimension,” PUBLIC: Art, Culture and Ideas, Special Issue: Indigenous Digital and New Media Art,             Julie Nagam, Carla Taunton, Heather Igloliorte, eds., Winter 2017.

“From the Desk of Laura Smith,” University of Nebraska Press Blog, June 3, 2106.

“Modernity, Multiples, and Masculinity:  Horace Poolaw’s Postcards of  Elder Kiowa Men,” Great Plains Quarterly 31 (2), Spring 2011.

“Picturing Zuni in the New Deal Era: The Clara Brignac Gonzales Collection  of Zuni Day School Drawings and Paintings, 1925-1945,” American Indian  Art Magazine,  Spring 2005.

“Photography, Criticism, and Native American Women’s Identity: Three Works by Jolene Rickard,” Third Text, 19:1, 2005.

Catalogue Essays

“Beaded Buckskins and Bad-Girl Bobs: Kiowa Female Identity, Industry, and Activism in Horace Poolaw’s Portraits,” in For the Love of His People:  The Photography of Horace Poolaw, exhibition catalogue.  New York and Washington, D.C.: The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, in association with Yale University Press, 2014.


Exhibition Review, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of the American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, David Penney, curator. Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, February 14 – May 11, 2016.  Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Fall 2016.

“A Review of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s 2015 Undergraduate Art History and Visual Culture Symposium,”  -with Jon Frey as co-author, College of Arts and Letters Featured News, Michigan State University, March 25, 2016.

Book review, “The Gift of the Face: Portraiture and Time in Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian,” (2014), Shamoon Zamir, Journal of American Studies (Cambridge University Press), Spring 2016.

Exhibition catalogue review, “Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian,” (2008), Lowery Stokes Sims, ed.  Museum Anthropology Review, Vol. 4, No. 1 (2010).

Book review, “Native Moderns: American Indian Painting, 1940-1960 (2006),” by Bill Anthes, Museum Anthropology Review, 2007.2.9. (Accessible online at:                                                               

Book reviews, “A Western Legacy: The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (2005) and Treasures of Gilcrease: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2003), Museum Anthropology, Spring 2006