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The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law
February 28, 2015
On February 28, 2015, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities will host a symposium titled The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law. Organized by students at Yale Law School, Yale School of Art and Architecture, Yale School of Drama, and Yale College, the symposium examines law as an artistic medium, inviting leading artists and thinkers to engage in a series of discussions about how artists use law as material in their work.
Panels, presentations, and performances will explore the ways in which artists encounter, expose, and engage with the laws governing the human body, the built and natural environment, the digital world, and the political order. Speakers include legal academics, practicing lawyers and artists from a variety of disciplines including the visual arts, architecture, poetry, and dance.
The symposium also will feature a group exhibition, Irregular Rendition, to be held February 24–March 14 at the Fred Giampietro Gallery, 1064 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. Curated by Ph.D. candidate Lucy Hunter, the art exhibition extends the keyword of “law” to its full spectrum of uses: legislation, penal code, laws of physics, mathematical principles, universal truths. Related films will be screened on the Yale campus, and a catalog distributed at the gallery will feature original texts and ephemera from artists’ encounters with legal and government entities.
In addition, the symposium will feature the global public art initiative, Portals, launched by Yale Law student Amar C. Bakshi. Connecting citizens in New Haven and Tehran for personal conversation, Portals will run from February 20–March 1 at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT.
The Legal Medium is sponsored by the Payson R. Wolff Lectureship in Law and Music at Yale Law School, the Yale Law School Information Society Project, the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, and the Yale University Art Gallery. Registration for the symposium is available online.