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The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 :: "Phantasmagoria" :: James Luna, Performance Artist, Pauma Valley, CA
7 p.m. | Heard Museum Downtown | 2301 N. Central Avenue (Central & Encanto), Phoenix, AZ 85004
602.252.8848 | On the Encanto & Central Light Rail stop!
Free of charge and open to the public. | Printable Flyer: PDF
James Luna: "It is my feeling that artwork in the media of performance and installation offers an opportunity like no other for Indian people to express themselves in traditional art forms of ceremony, dance, oral traditions and contemporary thought, without compromise. Within these (nontraditional) spaces … there is no limit to how and what is expressed."
Internationally renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseño) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California. With over 30 years of exhibition and performance experience, Luna has given voice to Native American cultural issues, pursued innovative and versatile media within his disciplines, and charted waters for other artists to follow. His powerful works transform gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.
Since 1975, he has had over 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.
ASU Campus Events
October 10, 2013: BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE (Cree), Musician, Winnepeg, MB, Canada
March 2014: EDGAR HEAP OF BIRDS (Cheyenne and Arapaho), Public Artist, Norman, OK
October 2014: SANDY OSAWA (Makah), Filmmaker, Seattle, WA
James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseño): "Phantasmagoria" Mar. 21, 2013
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2013/05/15/phantasmagoria | Poster: PDF
Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O'odham): "Legacies of the Tribal Languages of Arizona: Gifts or Responsibilities?" Oct. 11, 2012
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2012/11/26/ep121_zepeda | Poster: PDF
Arlinda Locklear (Lumbee): "Tribal Land Claims: A Generation of Federal Indian Law on the Edge." Oct. 6, 2011
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2011/11/15/ep116_locklear | Poster: PDF
Leroy Little Bear (Blackfoot): "Native Science and Western Science: Possibilities for a Powerful Collaboration." Mar. 24, 2011
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2011/05/16/ep114_littlebear | Poster: PDF
Kathryn Shanley (Assiniboine): "'Mapping' Indigenous Futures: Creating a Native Voice in Higher Education." Oct. 7, 2010
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2010/11/29/ep110_kshanley | Poster: PDF
Peterson Zah (Navajo): "Finally, We Are Growing Our Own." Mar. 25, 2010
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2010/04/22/ep106_petersonzah | Poster: PDF
Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo): An Evening with Leslie Marmon Silko, reading from memoir, Turquoise Ledge. Oct. 8, 2009
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2009/12/14/ep102_silko | Poster: PDF
Gerald Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawake Mohawk): "Resurgence of Traditional Ways of Being: Indigenous Paths of Action and Freedom." Mar. 23, 2009
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2009/04/20/ep96_taiaikealfred | Poster: PDF
Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee): "Challenges Facing 21st Century Indigenous People." Oct. 2, 2008
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2008/10/20/ep84_wilmamankiller | Poster: PDF
Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone): "Violence over the Land: Lessons from the Early American West." Jan. 28, 2008
Video: http://lib.asu.edu/librarychannel/2008/02/21/ep89_nedblackhawk | Poster: PDF
To speak and act on behalf of ourselves as a human, social and cultural world, we are required to speak and act on behalf of land, culture, and community. No matter who we are, no matter what our livelihood is, and no matter what our inclinations are, we are bound by a relationship to the land upon which we live, the cultural knowledge by which we are guided, and the community we share with one another.
The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community at Arizona State University addresses topics and issues across disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, and politics. Underscoring Indigenous American experiences and perspectives, this series seeks to create and celebrate knowledge that evolves from an inclusive Indigenous worldview and that is applicable to all walks of life.
The Simon Ortiz and Labriola Center Lecture on Indigenous Land, Culture, and Community seeks to speak, act, offer, and share in order to assume responsibility for land, culture, community that is our world.
ASU Sponsors: American Indian Policy Institute | American Indian Studies Program | Department of English | Faculty of History in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies | Indian Legal Program in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law | Labriola National American Indian Data Center | School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts | Women and Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation
Community Partner: Heard Museum