The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Hosts
Acclaimed Performance Artist James Luna
Luna to Present a Performative Lecture and Premiere His
Unique Art Installation at the Museum
DENVER-August 10, 2012- Acclaimed
performance artist James Luna is coming to Denver and bringing his
important perspective on themes related to American Indian
stereotypes and history. Luna, a Pooyukitchchum/Ipai native and
powerful force in performance art today, will present a
performative lecture and premiere a unique art installation created
specifically for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science's Crane
North American Indian Cultures Hall.
For 30 years, Luna has produced a variety of works of art that
illustrate his artistic, social, and political commentary, and his
push to develop and expand his work. Luna's stories are humorous
and painful at the same time. The stories are about more than just
Indian people; they are also about the strife, misconceptions, and
comodification of ethnicity in America. Luna deals with the
realities of race from an insider's view.
James Luna Presents Phantasmagoria, A Performative
Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m., $12 member, $15 nonmember
James Luna will present a performative lecture at the Museum in
which visitors will not only see his work but also experience his
take on performance and installation artworks, using monologues,
visual examples, and antics. For more information and to
register, click here.
James Luna Presents Making Do: Performance and
Wednesday, October 3, or Friday, October 5, 7 p.m. $15 member,
This special evening includes a performance by Luna, a chance
to see the new installation Making Do-which explores what Luna
considers a survival skill developed by his California Indian
peoples to endure a post-contact world-and an artist's reception
(cash bar). For more information and to register, click here.
To learn more about James Luna,
click here for an article written by Museum anthropologist Dr.
Charlotte Hurley, [email protected] /
About the Denver Museum of Nature &
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Region's leading resource for informal science education. A variety
of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum
visitors celebrate and understand the natural wonders of Colorado,
Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado
Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum,
or call 303-370-6000.
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