Renowned artist visits Georgia College
Georgia College welcomes James Luna as the Visiting Artist for the spring 2013 semester.
The renowned performative artist uses monologues and visual examples to bring his works to life.
He draws from his personal experiences and perceptions in his artwork.
Luna and his work are wonderful correctives to historical myths about Native Americans. He brings the misconceptions of cultural identity to his audience, and he explores the tensions created by cultural misinterpretations, all from a Native perspective.
The artist also focuses on problems that affect Indian communities, including socio-economic status, substance abuse and cultural conflict. He then confronts the issues using humor and satire and as both counterbalance and salve, to help take what he calls, “the first step in recovery.”
Luna plans to work with students while on campus and collaborate with both the art and theatre departments.
His art exhibition, entitled “Rock & Roll Photo Coup” will be displayed from Jan. 14-
Feb. 8 at Blackbridge Hall Art Gallery, with a reception opening Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m.
“Phantasmagoria” his performative lecture will take place Jan. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Russell Auditorium.
Luna, a Pooyukitchum (Luiseno) Indian, is an enrolled member and lives on the La Jolla Indian Reservation just north of San Diego, Cal.
For more information on James Luna, visit his website http://www.jamesluna.com.
For more information about the art reception or performative lecture, please contact the Department of Art, 478-445-4572.