James Luna Half Indian/Half Mexican 1991

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 208 The David Geffen Wing

“Who’s an Indian? If you’re part Indian, what’s the other part?” Luna once asked. “How does that influence you? Does it make you less? Does it make you more? I don’t have an answer . . . but that’s part of my work, questioning that.” In this triptych the artist, who was a mixed-race Indigenous person, portrays himself in three views, like a police mug shot. His left profile shows him with long hair, an earring, and a clean-shaven face, while his right reveals cropped hair and a mustache. The center, frontal view presents his whole face, split down the middle by the two hairstyles.

Gallery label from 2022
Three silver gelatin prints (triptych)
Each: 60 × 48" (152.4 × 121.9 cm)
Judith and Wm. Brian Little Fund
Object number
© 2023 James Luna, courtesy of the Estate of James Luna

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