The Art & Law Program has been listed as one of eight solid alternatives to MFA art programs. You can read more about it here and here.
Very excited to give the annual Myriam Bellazoug Memorial Lecture at the Yale University School of Architecture. The lecture, "Law Ends," will deal with the role of rules and regulations in relation to culture and social interactions. The lecture will take place on Dec. 1st. One reason I'm excited about this lecture is that it gives me an opportunity to reach a different audience with some ideas that have been percolating in my courses and seminars, i.e.- my head. Let's just hope it makes sense...or not.
[caption id="attachment_9208" align="alignnone" width="300"] Image: Detroit, Michigan (Circa 2013). Image courtesy of Sergio Munoz Sarmiento. Copyright 2013 Sergio Munoz Sarmiento. All rights reserved.[/caption] I've co-curated an ongoing exhibition with Sima Familant. Here's the scoop. In, A Place Called Motherfuckin’ Lovely, the works and artists in the exhibition are purposefully and subtly disjunctive in order to take on what we deem identifies a forgotten "America," in both its history and current manifestation – the place where dreams come true, where airplanes come to die, where racial and gender antagonisms still live large and across the nation, where privilege and violence merge in unsuspecting ways, and ...
As many of you know I teach law school and art school courses in art law and art & Law. I also give quite a few lectures and seminars on art & law. During my classes and talks, I often refer to the scholarly and artist work of some of my peers, and after these classes or talks I am always asked for their names or the names of other thinkers or writings in these fields. I've finally gotten around to writing this brief blog post to make this information more public. But I also want to use this opportunity to ...
Join us on Saturday, October 22nd, for Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Arte y Cultura Latinoamericana (“WikiArte”), a communal day of creating, updating, improving, and translating Wikipedia articles about Latin American art and culture. This year’s edit-a-thon kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with an hour-long conversation exploring the ways in which Latin American/Latina women artists are experimenting with and employing digital tools to engage with communities, share ideas, and make new work. The panel will feature artists Sol Aramendi, Sharon Lee De La Cruz, and Marisa Morán Jahn, and will be moderated by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, curator at El Museo del Barrio. Afternoon breakout groups will ...
After careful consideration, The Plano Independent School District in Texas has decided against removing a humanities textbook, Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities, from its classrooms.
The debate began last week when the District pulled the book from circulation citing parental concerns that the book contained nude images inappropriate for young teenagers. The books were primarily used in the “gifted and talented” program, and contained images from artists such as Goya, Rubens, Manet, Boticelli, Eakins, and Rodin.
Larry Rivers is in trouble again.
This time, a sculpture of a pair of legs, measuring over 16-feet and installed in Sag Harbor, NY, have been found to be in violation of local building and zoning codes. The recent controversy poses those that believe these local laws should not apply to a work of art, and more so to the venerable Larry Rivers.
Via the Wall Street Journal.
In a class-action lawsuit filed in 2009, former Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller sued Electronic Arts, the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Collegiate Licensing Company, claiming that they illegally profited from the images of college players portrayed in the games NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball. Although the players’ names are not used in the video games, Keller and his supporters argue that the players’ rights of publicity have been infringed because in most cases the virtual players in the video games have the same jersey number, height, weight, home state as the real college athletes.
This past February, a United States District Court judge rejected a request to dismiss the case, arguing that Electronic Arts did not sufficiently “transform” the images into a work that would qualify as free speech. Keller and his supporters argue that the video games in question are not protected by the First Amendment because the company was using the likenesses of college athletes for purely commercial gain.
What does this mean? Arent Fox has a good summary:
The February 8, 2010 ruling means that EAI could be found liable for violating college players’ rights of publicity through its use of their likenesses and characteristics in its NCAA Football video game. While this would be a huge financial blow to EAI, the ultimate importance of this case lies in the court’s analysis of the publicity right claims and the guidance it provides regarding how closely a video game avatar can be modeled on a real life individual before violating that individual’s publicity rights.
Keep in mind that in some legal circles, the right of publicity is considered an intellectual property right.
Via the paper of record.
If only Jr. had eaten his veggies.
The Ray Charles Foundation is suing Charles’ son for copyright infringement, alleging Jr. used a photo of Sr. on the cover of Jr.’s new book, You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles. The publisher, Random House, is also named in the lawsuit.
According to the Foundation, the photo was taken by by an employee of Ray Charles in 1965, thus making the photo a “work made for hire” and granting the Foundation copyright ownership over the photograph.
A gallery in my hometown of El Paso, Texas is installing an art exhibition consisting of paintings and postcards to proclaim that El Paso is not bloody Juarez, Mexico. According to The Houston Chronicle, “The 49 works of art in El Paso Postcards, which opens with a reception at 6 p.m. today at the Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery, 800 N. Mesa, are designed to counter some of the negative publicity the area has received since a drug war in Juarez began claiming lives.”
Postcard images include familiar and famous El Paso images and hangouts, such as the Star on the Mountain, the Plaza Theatre marquee, poppies, missions, Chico’s Tacos and the University of Texas at El Paso. The postcards are for sale: 50 cents each or $19.95 for a pack of 49. I’ve already ordered mine!
What: “El Paso Postcards.”
When: Today through Feb. 11. Reception: 6-9 p.m. today (patrons are encouraged to “dress like a tourist”).
Where: Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery, 800 N. Mesa.
How much: Free.
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