11-13-08 Culture Wars (Post Modernism)

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Post Modernism 1. Post Modernism 1. James Luna, 1987, Artifact Piece, Performance 1. Description of Project 1. Another performance and installation 2. Artist exhibited himself in the Museum of Mann, a museum displaying science and anthropology, not Art 3. Luna did not warn the tour groups of the people visiting the museum 4. Luna stayed in the glass case all day but sometimes used the bathroom which changed the piece to imprint on the Sand. 1. Luna presented himself as a corpse although he was breathing. 1
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Post Modernism 2. Visual Rhetoric 1. Artifact piece demonstrates how most people see native American as artificially or historically rather than contemporary or animate and just as engaged same modern activities as the domain culture. 1. A lot of individuals still maintain a archaic and outdate version of Native Americans living in Tepees and smoking piece pipes 2. Modern day problems of native Americans include gambling, drinking, and colonization of indignation people but when individuals think about native Americans, they recall historical events such as thanksgiving feast and hunting and bows and arrows. 3. Artifact Piece is also about the representation of Native Americans: Artist often portray the ancient history rather then contemporary. 2. The fascination historical rituals of Native Americans existed in the minds of Non-native Americans, so Luna sought to draw attention to some individuals inaccurate beliefs and stereotypes 1. Non-Native Americans turn contemporary Native Americans into Artifacts. In the process, they forget about their contemporary issues and accomplishments. 2. Luna wrote down some of the comments of museum visitors: “Look. They actually got alive one” 2
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Post Modernism 3. Individuals, visiting the museum, clearly did not understand that this exhibition was actually conceptual art and not a part of the museum. 4. The man actually excited they got alive one 5. This quote also demonstrates the assumptions we make in terms of who and what cultures are placed into museums. 1. Artifact Piece is also about the representation of Native Americans: Non-native Americans often see visions of tribal rituals, not contemporary issues, in photographs and paintings. 6. Yet artist rarely represent the violent history of native Americans 3
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Post Modernism 2. Couple in a Cage (Two Undiscovered Amerindians) , 1992, Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Performance. 1. Information on Artist 1. Fusco is curator who often puts together non-western art shows. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2009 for the course HIST 11888 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '09 term at USC.

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