Friday, December 1, 2023

Art and Law Discussion and Book Launch – Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America, Joan Kee in conversation with Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento

booklaunch-kee-sarmiento-cornellJoin us to celebrate the launch of Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America by Joan Kee. Kee will be in conversation with art lawyer, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento. Reception will follow.

Joan Kee, Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of Michigan, former lawyer in Hong Kong and New York, and author of numerous articles on contemporary art and law on topics such as artistic uses of police evidence, stalking and harassment, property laws and contemporary Chinese art, and artists’ rights. Her book, published by University of California Press, examines the relationship between contemporary art and the law through the lens of integrity, and how in the 1960s, artists began to engage conspicuously with legal ideas, rituals, and documents.

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an arts lawyer and founding director of The Art & Law Program. He is interested in the relationship between art and the law, with a specific focus on tangible and intangible property, freedom of expression, and outlaw culture. He has lectured, taught and written on art law matters in a wide range of institutions and publications. Sarmiento represents and advises visual artists and art’s institutions in matters and disputes related to intellectual property, contracts, artist legacies, and tax-exempt entities.


Thursday, February 14, 2019
5:00pm to 7:00pm
ILR Conference Center, Cornell University
570 Lexington Avenue, 12th Floor
New York New York 10022

RSVP encouraged and appreciated

Please e-mail if you plan on attending. Please note that submitting an RSVP for this event does not guarantee entrance. This is a free-access event—entrance will be on a first-come, first served basis. This event takes place in New York City and during the CAA conference. The ILR Conference Center is a 10-minute walk from the New York Hilton Midtown.

This event is organized and sponsored by Cornell Law School and The Art & Law Program.

About the Book
Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties Americaexamines the relationship between contemporary art and the law through the lens of integrity. In the 1960s, artists began to engage conspicuously with legal ideas, rituals, and documents. The law—a primary institution subject to intense moral and political scrutiny—was a widely recognized source of authority to audiences inside the art world and out. Artists frequently engaged with the law in ways that signaled a recuperation of the integrity that they believed had been compromised by the very institutions entrusted with establishing standards of just conduct. These artists sought to convey the social purpose of an artwork without overstating its political impact and without losing sight of how aesthetic decisions compel audiences to see their everyday world differently. Addressing the role that law plays in enabling artworks to function as social and political forces, this important book fills a gap in the field of law and the humanities, and will serve as a practical “how-to” for contemporary artists.

About Cornell Law School
Cornell Law School combines cutting-edge legal scholarship, inspiring teaching, and a close-knit, intellectually rich environment. In recent years, it has ranked number three in job placement among all law schools and has been rated the most diverse top law school in the country. For more information visit

About The Art & Law Program
The Art & Law Program is a seminar-colloquium that focuses on the study of law as a linguistic system, institutional force and power structure, with a particular focus on how the discourses and practices of law and visual culture impact each other, self-governance, history, and culture. The Program consists of a nonpartisan community that aims to attract individuals in the areas of visual art, architecture, criticism, art history, curating, and film. This list is non-exclusive. Artists with non-traditional cultural practices are especially encouraged to apply, as are cultural producers interested in the study of law. For more information visit


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