Native American artist to give workshop, performative lecture

Native American artist James Luna will visit the University of Iowa Thursday–Friday, Nov. 3-4, as an Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Luna will offer a free workshop for UI students with interests in art, Native American issues, and cultural representations of identity from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, in E226 Adler Journalism Building. He also will give a performative lecture, “Phantasmagoria,” at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4, in the Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber, with a reception following at 7:30 p.m. at the Latino and Native American Cultural Center. Both events on Friday are free and open to the public.

Luna is a Pooyukitchum (Luiseno) Indian and enrolled member and resident of the La Jolla Indian Reservation in northern San Diego County, Calif. His performance and installation art draws from personal experiences and probes emotions surrounding the way people are perceived within and outside of their cultures.

Luna’s visit, supported by the UI Office of the Provost, is sponsored by the American Indian and Native Studies Program (AINSP), in collaboration with the American Indian Student Association and the Department of Theatre Arts, the School of Art & Art History, and Department of American Studies.

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