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Apr 5
James Luna, Artifact Piece, 1987, San Diego Museum of Man

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In this piece Native American performance artist James Luna lay for several days in a glass display case atop sand next to other display cases containing Luna’s personal items and ceremonial objects from the Luiseno reservation. Upon approaching the case many viewers were surprised to find a living being watching them, reversing the voyeuristic experience of museum going. Luna also calls attention to the tendency of museums to present Native American cultures as dead and extinct rather than carrying the history through to modern day representations.

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James Luna, Artifact Piece, 1987, San Diego Museum of Man

photo via

In this piece Native American performance artist James Luna lay for several days in a glass display case atop sand next to other display cases containing Luna’s personal items and ceremonial objects from the Luiseno reservation. Upon approaching the case many viewers were surprised to find a living being watching them, reversing the voyeuristic experience of museum going. Luna also calls attention to the tendency of museums to present Native American cultures as dead and extinct rather than carrying the history through to modern day representations.

http://www.jamesluna.com/

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