‘Appropriation Art Movement’ Focus of Crisp Museum’s ‘Historic Tuesday Talk’ Nov. 6


The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host Blake and Hannah Sanders in Southeast’s Department of Art as part of its “Historic Tuesday Talk” series Nov. 6.

They will present “Appropriation Art Movement” in a free presentation at 7 p.m., which is open to the public. Blake Sanders is an instructor of art, and Hannah Sanders is an assistant professor and area head of printmaking, both at Southeast.

Appropriation, a fundamental ingredient of postmodernism and contemporary art, involves using an image or object already created or published by someone with little or no alteration. Acknowledgement is given to the original work, but can be used in a different context by the artist for their own purpose. The ethical and legal lines between homage and stealing outright will be addressed. Well-known artists to make use of appropriation art in their art include Andy Warhol, Sherrie Levine, Barbara Kruger and Shepard Fairey. This presentation will also delve into what is cultural appropriation. From Van Gogh and Picasso, to Bugs Bunny and Nikki Minaj, the arts of the West have appropriated aesthetics from cultures and civilizations around the world, usually stripping away context and subtlety in favor of a visual pastiche.

Blake Sanders earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hannah Sanders earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Together, they have a curatorial partnership in Orange Barrel Industries. Their work supports environmental mindfulness by illustrating the bond between people and the natural world.

The “Historic Tuesday Talk” series will take place on select Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Crisp Museum through Dec. 18. The talks consist of short, informational presentations and discussion sessions, and topics can include movements, the Civil War, World War I, riverboats, railroads, socio-cultural issues, space exploration, regional history, natural resources, fossils, geology and more. For more information, visit semo.edu/museum/education.html.

Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center at 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, email museum@semo.edu or call (573) 651-2260.