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Moral Rights/Visual Artists Rights Act Panel

May 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Happy to share a few thoughts on moral rights and culture on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.

Here’s the snippet from the website:

In the 1960s-90s, public protests and open hearings surrounding artists’ resale royalties, moral rights, and free speech were activated by participants across the art world. In the 1980-90s, collaboration with law and policy makers were fraught with questions about cultural and legal norms of ownership and free speech. As we re-examine this history during this time of heightened political engagement, how might the art community re-engage with issues of artists’ rights as local politics? And how do we come to terms with the use of artists and artist rights in the larger context of ‘culture wars’ and anti-intellectualism deployed in the political field today? This three-part roundtable series will bring together practitioners from art and law to unpack the legacies of particular artists’ rights statutes, and imagine new ways forward.

During the second session of this series, we will explore The Visual Artists’ Rights Act. This act protects an artist’s work from being misattributed, modified, or destroyed against their will, among other rights. The statute is anomalous under U.S. law for granting artists continued control over their sold works; yet, also relies on a potentially constricted definition of art. Recent cases including Mass MoCA v. Büchel and the erasure of the graffiti hub 5 Pointz will be discussed among others.

The event is free and open to the public. If you sign up and get a “sold out” sign, feel free to show up anyway as it is a public event, free, and many rsvp’s will, as usual, not show up.

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Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento


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