Call for applications

Call for applications

The Art Law Program

Christoph Büchel, Mickey Mouse, 2007.*
November 16, 2012
Call for applications

Applications are now being accepted for
January 15 to April 30, 2013

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Program Director

The Art Law Program
1027 Grand Street
3rd Floor, Suite 16
Brooklyn, NY 11211

T 347 763 2023
[email protected]

The Art Law Program (“The Program”) is a semester-long seminar series with a theoretical and philosophical focus on the effects of law and jurisprudence on cultural production and reception. An examination of how artistic practices challenge, rupture, and change the apparatus of law completes The Program. The Program aims to attract qualified individuals in the areas of visual art, architecture, writing, curating, and law. This list is non-exclusive. Artists with new genre and post-studio practices are especially encouraged to apply, as are lawyers and legal scholars interested in the cultural effects of law. The Art Law Program takes place in New York City and is held in collaboration with Fordham Law School.

Participants of The Program will meet once a week at Fordham Law School to discuss readings and visual materials with artist/lawyer Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, or with a guest seminar leader. Seminar leaders assign required readings and present ideas and materials relevant to their areas of practice. Current topics and areas of study include property law, obscenity, child pornography, technology, religion, constitutional law, intellectual property, criminal law, philosophy and law, international law, and other critical issues related to culture and jurisprudence. There is a particular emphasis on the critique of current artistic, curatorial, and art historical practices and methodologies, particularly vis-a-vis legal frameworks and structures. Conversely, the use of law and jurisprudence as theory, practice and medium is explored.

As an added and unique component of The Program, participants will have the opportunity to meet individually with the program director and the opportunity to work one-on-one with Fordham Law School students on research topics relevant to the Participants’ respective projects. The Art Law Program will conclude with an end-of-program retreat. The weekend-long retreat will take place at Denniston Hill artist residency in upstate New York, and will offer the 2013 participants the opportunity to share ideas gained through The Art Law Program with the other participants.

In 2010, Sarmiento founded the VLA Art & Law Residency, the first residency of its kind. The investigation and ideas concerning the relationship and disjunctions between art and law continue with The Art Law Program.

Seminar leaders include Amy Adler, Regine Basha, Michael G. Bennett, Dan Brooks, Christoph Büchel, Lawrence ChuaChristoph Cox, Nate Harrison, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Shayana Kadidal, Sonia Katyal, Jill Magid, Sina NajafiEduardo M. Peñalver, Paul Pfeiffer, Renaud Proch, Alfred Steiner, Yunus Tuncel, and Alex Villar.

The Program seeks qualified and self-motivated individuals with a genuine and rigorous attraction to critical thought and debate, and who seek to challenge their respective practices. With this in mind, there is no pre-established exhibition which will conclude the program. Rather, participants are highly encouraged to produce—on their own—a static or non-static material with what is learned, or unlearned, during and after the Program.

Art Law Program participants are required to attend 13 weekly seminars at Fordham Law School and participate actively in seminar discussions. Participants are also expected to engage in discussion with a Fordham Law School student in regard to her/his work and projects. Seminars will be held on Tuesdays from 6–8pm. Seminars commence on January 15, and conclude on April 30, 2013. There is a 500 USD participation fee.

Applicants with a minimum five-year professional record are preferred. Visual artists, architects, film makers, writers, curators, lawyers and legal scholars may apply. Applicants with backgrounds in philosophy, economics, and history are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply
Please submit your information, statements, work sample, and references via the application available at by December 10, 2012.

Participants will be selected based on the strength of their application, self-sufficiency, self-motivation, and independence. Candidates may be asked to interview as part of the application process.

Application inquiries should be sent via e-mail to: [email protected]

Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento is an artist and lawyer interested in the practical and theoretical relationship between contemporary art and law. He currently teaches contemporary art and law at Fordham Law School. 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 (’97). He was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (’98), and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2006.

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*Image above: Christoph Büchel, Mickey Mouse, 2007. Animated speaking Mickey Mouse puppet, i-Pod, batteries. Audio of a child reciting the district court’s opinion in the Mass MoCA v. Christoph Büchel case. Photo and copyright courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth gallery.


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