Past Exhibition

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.