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Friends of Native Arts

Frederic Huntington Douglas was one of the first scholars to recognize the artistic achievements of American Indians as well as the arts of Africa and Oceania. From 1929 to 1956, as the Denver Art Museum's curator of native arts, he began acquiring the objects that form the core of what is now recognized throughout the world as one of the most important collections of native arts. In 1974 the Douglas Society, now Friends of Native Arts: The Douglas Society, was founded to honor and ensure the continuance of the work of Frederic Douglas.

 

You must have an active DAM membership to join FoNA.

 

$1000 - FoNA Connoisseur Membership

Friends of Native Arts Connoisseur Membership

 

This level of membership includes all of the benefits of Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts, plus invitations to private receptions and special tours.

 

$125 - FoNA Patron Membership

This level of membership includes all benefits of the Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts.

 

$250 - FoNA Benefactor Membership

This level of membership includes all of the benefits of a Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts.

 

$50 - FoNA Individual Membership

This level of membership includes participation in all Friends of Native Arts events as well as the quarterly email newsletter.

 

$500 - FoNA Collector Membership

This level of membership includes all benefits of a Family membership at a higher level of overall support to the Friends of Native Arts, plus invitations to private receptions and special tours.

 

$75 - FoNA Family Membership

This level of membership includes all of the benefits of an Individual membership for two adults plus all children (age 18 and under) in a household.

 

Appropriation, Appreciation, and the Global Art World

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 will 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.

Keynote speaker is Glenn Adamson. The symposium will also feature Ramona Beltran, Gregg Deal, Carla Fernandez, Jamie Okuma, Chen Shen, Sarah Thornton, Clarissa Tossin, John Lukavic, Becky Hart, Tianlong Jiao, Jorge Rivas, and Florence Müller.

Hamilton Building- Lower Level Sharp Auditorium

Doors will open at 9:00 am.

For details, contact nativeart@denverartmuseum.org or 720-913-0162.

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