Artist Explores Myth of the "Indian" in Society

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 5:00am - 9:00am
Event Location: 
University Recital Hall (noon) and Galileo Gallery in the Students' Union Building (2 pm)

Internationally recognized installation and performance artist James Luna lectures at the U of L on Feb 14 at 12 noon in the University Recital Hall and is available for a question and answer session in the Galileo Gallery in the Student' Union Building at 2:00 pm. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend both events. James Luna's work addresses the mythology of what it means to be "Indian" in contemporary society and exposes the hypocrisy of the dominant society. His art is provocative, often dealing with difficult issues affecting Indian communities, including socio-economic problems, substance abuse, and cultural conflict. Luna confronts these issues head-on, using humour and satire as both counterbalance and salve, and demanding a level of audience participation, he challenges viewers to examine their own prejudices. Luna's work has been presented at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of contemporary Art, San Francisco; Presentation House, Vancouver; and Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto. Luna also had work presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Luna is a resident of California's La Jolla reservation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of California at Irvine and a Master of Science degree in counseling from San Diego State University.

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