Art Matters Lecture

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Thu, Apr 25 4:30 PM

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1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


S.B. Museum of Art

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.

Image: Dennis Oppenheim, Violations, 1971-1972. Evidence of 153 misdemeanors in violation of Section 484 of the California Penal Code (Petty Theft). Location: Bordering San Quentin State Prison San Quentin, California Room.’


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