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James Luna
James Luna in 2011
Born February 9, 1950(1950-02-09)
Orange, California, US
Died March 4, 2018(2018-03-04) (aged 68)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nationality La Jolla Luiseño-Ipi-Mexican-American
Field Performance, installation
Training BFA University of California, MS San Diego State University, Honorary PhD Institute of American Indian Arts
Movement Indigenous performance art
Works The Artifact Piece (1987/1990), Take A Picture With A Real Indian (1993), Emendatio (2005)
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship (2017)

James Luna (February 9, 1950 – March 4, 2018[1]) was an American performance artist, photographer and multimedia installation artist. His work was best known for challenging the ways in which museum exhibitions depict Native Americans.

With themes of multiculturalism, alcoholism, and colonialism, Luna's work was often funny and theatrical in nature. Luna was a full-time artist and in 2017 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.[2]


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