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Artwork copyright James Luna. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Artwork%20copyright%20James%20Luna.%20Photo%20courtesy%20of%20the%20artist.

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High Tech Peace Pipe, 2001

James Luna
(American | Luiseño, born 1950, died 2018)

Location: University of Washington, Seattle

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

High Tech Peace Pipe is a humorous conceptual sculpture created by late Native American artist James Luna. He created it to use during a performance at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. The artist noted, "I came up with a futuristic story that deals with we Indians as 'survivors' and how we have been able to survive by making due with what we have been given or in some case with what we have left to us. The metal pipe represented a by-product of having to make do with having diminished our supply of pipestone." This piece is part of the Contemporary Native American Artwork Collection, on view at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library. The collection was proposed by artist John Feodorov, who selected the eight represented artists for their rich and forward-thinking cultural expression. Speaking to the contemporary nature of this collection, Feodorov notes “since art, like law, is an ever evolving process, it cannot rely on nostalgia if it is to remain relevant."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with University of Washington.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Late artist James Luna created mixed media and performance-art pieces that deconstructed stereotypical conceptions of Native American and Indigenous identity. Humor and irony played important, healing roles in Luna's work. He resided on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in California. He was of Luiseño, Puyukitchum, Ipai and Mexican heritage.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - mixed media

Medium

Metal pipe, pipe fittngs, beadwork, and painted telephone

Dimensions

8 in x 18 in x 8 in

ID Number

WSAC2003.049.000

Artist Location

California, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

University of Washington

Artwork Location

University of Washington
Gallagher Law Library

WA County

King

Setting

Interior

Site Type

University

Address

15 Avenue, between NE Pacific St and NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98195

Geo. Coordinates

47.659445 | -122.310386

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