Borrow and Steal: Appropriation from the Collection
September 24, 2022 - February 5, 2023
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg:
255 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

This group exhibition explores the entrenched power structures at work in the art establishment and how appropriation art—the “unsanctioned use of imagery,” in the words of curator Katherine Pill—can be used as a primer for change. Works by the Guerilla Girls, Deborah Kass, and Barbara Kruger serve as a lens to examine how women artists took control of the narrative in a historically male-dominated art world, while pieces by Kara Walker and Roger Shimomura address systemic racism within art history.

Photo credit: Roger Shimomura, American Neighbors, 1996, Woodcut on Rives BFK; Ed. of 25, Published by UNO Print Workshop, Gift of Dr. Karen White.

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