Rethinking Artists’ Rights: Moral Rights


Christoph Büchel’s “Training Ground for Democracy” covered by Mass MoCA. Modification? Distortion? Derivative work?

I’m happy to be part of this artlaw series, Rethinking Artists’ Rights. In particular, I’ll be on a panel dealing with moral rights and the 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act.

From the Website:

Artists played a pivotal role in protests and government hearings on resale royalties, moral rights, and free speech during the 1960s-90s, but the legacy and relevance of that activism remains under-discussed. Since the destructive culture wars of thirty years ago, collaboration with law and policy makers has seemed fraught, leading us to question whether we should work with government or institutions, or build self-determined alternatives. Recent case law has produced an equally contested terrain, revealing ways in which artists’ rights issues can challenge cultural and legal norms of value, ownership, and free speech, while also demonstrating that the privilege granted to artistic expression can be manipulated towards conservative ends. In this time of heightened political involvement, how might the art community re-engage artists’ rights as a local politics? And how do we come to terms with the use of artists and artists’ rights in the larger context of ‘culture wars’ and anti-intellectualism deployed in the political field today?

This three-part round table series will bring together practitioners from art and law to unpack the legacies of artists’ rights statutes and cases, and imagine new ways forward.

Organized and facilitated by Lauren van Haaften-Schick, former Associate Director and fellow (’12) of the Art & Law Program and Kenneth Pietrobono, fellow (’16) the Art & Law Program.

Rethinking Artists’ Rights

Roundtable series at Pioneer Works

April 18 // May 15 // June 18 // 7-9pm

159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY

All events free and open to the public. If you attempt to register and are given a “sold out” reply, feel free to attend anyway. There will be plenty of seats!