Art Matters: What Art Has to Say About the Law
Thursday, April 25, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Mary Craig Auditorium
Joan Kee, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Michigan
Beginning in the late 1960s, the contemporary art world was increasingly shaped by how its members engaged with the law. From contract-like conceptual artworks to confrontations with police and courts, artists like Suzanne Lacy, Ann Messner, David Hammons, Dennis Oppenheim, and Tehching Hsieh interacted with various facets of the law as an integral part of their creative process. Yet rather than focus on what art has done to law, contemporary artists produced works that raised pointed questions for lawyers, judges and for anyone interested in the legal institution.