James Luna - Chapel for Pablo Tac
The Chapel for Pablo Tac honors Pablo Tac (Luise?o, 1822--41). At the age of 12, Tac traveled to Rome to study for the Catholic priesthood. He never returned home, but before his death seven years later, he penned a handbook of Luise?o grammar, began a dictionary of the language, and wrote an account of the "missionization" of his people. Luna re-creates an 18th-century California mission church and draws parallels between elements of Catholicism and the Native religions the missions intended to destroy. Celebrated for his installation and performance work, James Luna (Puyukitchum [Luise?o], b. 1950) creates art that confronts and challenges stereotypes about Native Americans, museums, art, and life through the use of irony, humor, grief, and a strong sense of storytelling.