Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 9:30am4:00pm.
Hamilton Building - lower level Sharp Auditorium DenverCO
Ticketed with member discount
Call 720-913-0130, or buy online.

Who Owns Culture? 

Appropriation and Appreciation in the Global Art World (symposium)

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. These actions have long histories across the world, time, and media.

This one-day symposium aims to 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.

Doors will open at 9:20 am.

For details, contact or 720-913-0162.