Art Museum to examine ‘Afterlife of Appropriation’

“An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Crown of Thorns)” by Yasumasa Morimura
“An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Crown of Thorns)”
by Yasumasa Morimura

A slide lecture titled “The Afterlife of Appropriation” is the next program in the NIU Art Museum’s spring educational series.

Sarah Evans, assistant professor of contemporary art history at NIU, will speak from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in Room 315 of Altgeld Hall.

This lecture examines themes of appropriation in contemporary Eastern and Western art practice including the work of Yasumasa Morimura, a contemporary Japanese appropriation artist who inserts his own image into the portraits of other artists.

Appropriation art is characterized by this reuse and reference to borrowed images recontextualizing them into new works of art. Morimura’s work is held in the major collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Whitney Museum.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi,” a national traveling exhibition organized by the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach in conjunction with Kendall H. Brown on display now at the NIU Art Museum.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 753-1936.

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