Friday, June 9, 2023

Deanna Isaacs on Pending Chapman Kelley Decision


John Viramontes just sent us this article on the pending 7th Circuit decision regarding the Chapman Kelley v. Chicago Park District case. As readers may know, this case, along with the Mass MoCA v. Christoph Büchel case, will be seminal in either reinforcing the narrow moral rights alloted to visual artists, or in expanding the protection given to artists under the 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act.

Here’s a bit from the Chicago Reader:

When the Chicago Park District announced last month that it had hired a New York landscape architect to redesign the northeast corner of Grant Park on a $45 million budget, including the controversial site of the new Chicago Children’s Museum, there was no mention of an ongoing legal battle over what it’s already done in that area. But there’s a decision pending in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals that’s expected to have repercussions for artists and public art all over the country. The case addresses the question of whether artists have the legal right to protect their work from mutilation or destruction.

Read the entire article here.


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