Artist in Residence James Luna takes the stage at University Theatre on Feb. 28th
- Who: Artist James Luna
- What: Phantasmagoria: A Performative Lecture
- When: Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
- Where: University Theatre, Administration Building, 1138 Alumni Ave, UBC's Okanagan campus
- Admission: Free and open to the public
The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies welcomes internationally renowned performance and installation artist James Luna as its 2013 Artist in Residence.
Luna gives a free public performative lecture Feb. 28 at University Theatre. His residency at UBC’s Okanagan campus runs Feb. 25 through March 1.
In his performative lecture, Phantasmagoria, audiences will experience 30 years of artistic work through Luna’s sociopolitical commentary and his personal push to develop and expand his own work and perspectives on performance.
“James Luna has radically transformed our understanding of contemporary Indigenous art and its possibilities,” says Stephen Foster, Associate Professor in Creative Studies. “Through irony, humour and a strong sense narrative, Luna’s internationally recognized installation and performance art has challenged us to be more critically aware of the commonly held stereotypes of Aboriginal people.”
Luna deals with the realities of race from an insider point of view: the Pooyukitchum/Ipai native resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California.
His work has given voice to Native American cultural issues, pursued innovative and versatile media within his disciplines, and challenged audiences with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations.
Since 1975, Luna has had more than 41 solo exhibitions, participated in 85 group exhibitions and has performed internationally at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM.
He has received numerous grants and awards throughout his career and, most notably, in 2005 he was selected as the first Sponsored Artist of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s 51st International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. In 2012, James was Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.