The Potential of Cultural Appropriation

The Title image is by A.R. Penck: The Start of the Lion Hunt. The photo was taken in 2020, by M. Perron at the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal. From MBAM Introduction As soon as I came across this painting in the MBAM, the debate about cultural appropriation that continuously rages in my head … Continue reading The Potential of Cultural Appropriation

Teaching Tuesdays – Commodification and the Road to Re-appropriation of The Hopi Identity

Introduction Commodification of devotional artworks diminishes their original meanings. Colonialism and institutional practices have for centuries eroded cultural identity associated to these traditional art forms and diluted their intended meanings. Looking at the history of the Hopi Kachina dolls and the greater significance of Kachinas to the Hopi people, we can better appreciate what has … Continue reading Teaching Tuesdays – Commodification and the Road to Re-appropriation of The Hopi Identity