Visual Arts

Illegal Art

Feb. 4 – April 9, 2006
Opening Reception, Friday, Feb. 3, 2006

Illegal Art is a multi-media exhibition celebrating what is rapidly becoming the “degenerate art” of a corporate age: art and ideas on the legal fringes of intellectual property. Some pieces in the show have eluded lawyers; others have had to appear in court. Rooted in the U.S. Constitution, copyright was originally intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas, but is now being used to stifle it. Loaded with gray areas, this exhibition explores whether intellectual property laws discourage the creation of new works and provokes the questions: Should artists be allowed to use copyrighted materials? Where do the First Amendment and “intellectual property laws collide? What is art’s future if the current laws are allowed to stand?

Copyright Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 16, 7 pm
Guest speakers will discuss copyright laws in contemporary culture. Panelists include Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity; Joy Garnett, artist; Margery Gordon, arts writer and curator; Deborah Tellerman Berkowitz, Esq., copyright lawyer; and Carrie McLaren, editor of Stay Free Magazine, and curator of Illegal Art. Click here for more information.

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding Logos: State of Florida, Broward County, City of Hollywood

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.