Appropriation and Intellectual Property

Friday 28 September, 2012
2 - 3:30pm, $0

PS1 Courtyard
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

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Debates on the the legal complexity of appropriated imagery have resurfaced in light of a recent lawsuit between artist Richard Prince and photographer Patrick Cariou. Artists Greg Allen and Eric Doeringer and lawyer Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento will discuss notions of "fair use" and "transformation" with our digital culture, as well as the question of how copyright law should adapt to rapidly evolving artistic practices and whether copyright law might constitute a medium in and of itself. Organized and moderated by Stephen Bury.

Greg Allen is an artist, filmmaker and writer. His blog is at He published Canal Zone, based on the transcripts of the Patrick Cariou versus Richard Prince & Gagosian Case.

Eric Doeringer is a Brooklyn-based artist. He studied at Brown University and then took a MFA at SMFA, Boston. 2011 solo exhibitions include “Eastern Standard Time” at another year in LA, Los Angeles and “Cowboys” at the Plush Gallery, Dallas. One of his books, Records, is on long-term view in the installation “Connecting Cultures: A World in Brooklyn” at the Brooklyn Museum.

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an artist who practices art law. He is interested in the relationship between contemporary art and law, with a primary focus on copyright, moral rights, and free speech. He received his BA in Art from the University of Texas-El Paso and an MFA in Art from the California Institute of the Arts. He was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art in 1997–98, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2006. He is currently the Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City, where he advises and represents visual and performing artists and arts organizations.

Moderator: Stephen Bury is the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library. He has published Artists' Books (1995), Artists' Multiples (2001) and Breaking the Rules (2007).
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