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Artists and Appropriation




November 15, 2009

Institution Walker Art Center

 This slide set was designed for "Art of Today and Tomorrow".  It's purpose is to facilitate discussion of how artists use appropriation in their work.  It contains ten images of work currently in the Event  Horizon exhibit at the Walker Art Center The set was created for Sanford Middle School eighth grade students. 

Sanford teaches requested that the art selected be linked to current events.  In addition, the critical response approach will be used to stimulate discussion.


Appropriation in art is the use of preexisting images materials and objects to create a new work.  An artist may borrow from a variety of sources for example, advertising, mass media, art history or everyday objects.  Appropriation questions the idea of originality in art.  It also challenges the concepts of authorship and ownership.  


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Type: Instructional Set
Grades: 4-Adult
Instructional Method: Gallery Discussion
Added to Site: November 15, 2009