FEBRUARY 23 – Denver Art Museum

Appropriation of culture and intellectual property has become a polarizing and much discussed topic in contemporary society; however, less is said about its related counterpart, “appreciation.” While one conjures feelings of violence and trauma related to systemic power structures rooted in colonialism, the other suggests a sense of admiration, sharing of ideas, or a longing for the past/a return to grandeur. This one-day symposium will bring together artists, curators and scholars to explore the nuances of appropriation and appreciation in a series of four discussions led off by a keynote address. Topics of discussion will include the revivalism of past visual cultures, the global art trade and the transmission of art styles, cross-cultural inspiration and globalization, historical trauma and the effects of appropriation and Native American acts of re-appropriation as acts of decolonization. 9:30a-4pm

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