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Artwork copyright James Luna. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Half Indian/Half Mexican, 1996

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

Location: University of Washington, Seattle

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Half Indian/Half Mexican is a triptych of self-portraits by late Native American artist James Luna. The composition references visual stereotypes associated with the artist's Native American and Mexican heritage. This piece confronts our preconceptions about cultural identity and representation. It is part of a collection of artworks located in the University of Washington's Kane Hall. The collection pays tribute to the diversity of UW's community and features nine artists whose works explore identity.

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

Work on paper - photograph

Medium

Gelatin silver print on Masonite

Dimensions

14 in x 10 in x 1 3/4 in

ID Number

WSAC2005.024.00A-C

Artist Location

California, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

University of Washington

Artwork Location

University of Washington
Kane Hall, First Floor Lobby

WA County

King

Setting

Interior

Site Type

University

Address

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

Geo. Coordinates

47.6565649154538 | -122.30942046627047

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