past exhibition



Internationally-known Native American artist James Luna exhibits a collection of images and objects related to his long career in multi-media performance and installation in a rare gallery show at Blackfish.

Luna, whose multi-media installation Emendatio debuted at the 2005 Venice Biennale, first made a splash in 1987 with The Artifact Piece, exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Man. Wearing a loincloth and lying still in a display case, Luna used his body “to make a powerful commentary on the objectification of Native American cultures in museum exhibits—and on the tendency to freeze Native peoples in the past presenting them as artifacts rather than as living members of contemporary cultures…In an unsettling twist, viewers [found] the subject of their voyeurism looking right back at them.” ( 1/12/12)

Friday, February 5, 5:30 pm: Gallery Talk with James Luna, Blackfish Gallery, free and open to the public