FAIR USE & CONTEMPORARY ART: A PANEL DISCUSSION
Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7pm – 9pm
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Main Gallery, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
Join us for a dynamic panel discussion that will explore the creative methods and ideas associated with fair use in contemporary art. The concept of fair use, described as the right to use another’s copyrighted material, under certain circumstances, for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder is a contentious issue in the art world today. Joy Garnett, New York painter and writer who is featured in Picture Takers, will moderate the panel. Participants include Nicole Fleetwood, Associate Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, Nate Harrison, New York artist and writer, Chad Rutkowski, a partner with the law firm of Woodcock Washburn in Philadelphia, and Penelope Umbrico, New York artist featured in Picture Takers.
RSVP is required for this free event. Please call 908.273.9121
This panel is in conjunction with the exhibition Picture Takers curated by Mary Birmingham.
An exhibition catalog is available. More info.
Joy Garnett is a New York painter and writer who also works with social media to create objects and images. Garnett's paintings, based on found images of explosive events, locate instances of the apocalyptic sublime in mass media culture. Her social media performances examine the intersections of our digital and material worlds. Garnett studied painting at the École des beaux-arts in Paris and is the recipient of an MFA in painting from The City College of New York. She has received numerous fellowships, including a grant from Anonymous Was a Woman and a commission from The Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Her work is in the collections of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Philip Morris, The West Collection, and numerous private collections. She is represented by Winkleman Gallery, NY.
Nicole Fleetwood is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She researches and teaches in the areas of visual culture and media studies, black cultural studies, gender theory, and culture and technology studies. She is the author of Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (University of Chicago Press 2011). Her articles appear in American Quarterly, Signs, Social Text, tdr: the journal of performance studies, Art Journal, and edited anthologies. Fleetwood has worked as a consultant and has collaborated with a number of arts organizations and programs, including the Ford Foundation’s Artography initiative, New Museum of Contemporary Art’s Visual Knowledge Program, Walker Art Center, Southern Exposure, San Francisco Arts Commission, and Youth Speaks. Fleetwood is currently researching a study on prison art and visuality.
Nate Harrison is an artist and writer working at the intersection of intellectual property, cultural production and the formation of creative processes in modern media. His work has been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Kunstverein in Hamburg, among others. Nate has also lectured at a variety of institutions, including Experience Music Project, Seattle, the Art and Law Residency Program, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York and SOMA Summer, Mexico City. From 2004-2008 he co-directed the Los Angeles project space ESTHETICS AS A SECOND LANGUAGE. Nate earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts and is a doctoral candidate, Art and Media History, Theory and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego. Currently Nate is on the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with a lovely wife and two pesky cats.
Chad Rutkowski is a partner with the law firm of Woodcock Washburn in Philadelphia, PA and chairs the firm’s New Media practice group. Chad’s clients include traditional print media companies experiencing the transition to new forms of media; a platform provider that is helping top universities embrace web-based learning; and a software company that creates tools for enhancing social media experiences. Chad is the chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA, and regularly counsels his clients on copyright and trademark issues, including fair use issues. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Chad acts as the Business Manager for Throwaway Horse LLC, creator of the well-known Ulysses Seen iPad app and website.
Penelope Umbrico has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. She has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; MassMoCA, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; the Pingyao International Photography Festival, China; the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany; Rencontres d’Arles, France; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia; Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Cambridge; Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY; International Center of Photography, NY, among others. Her work is in permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tampa Museum of Art, FL.; International Center of Photography NY. Umbrico is the recipient of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship; a Deutsche Bank Fellow - New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, a Peter S Reed Grant; an Anonymous Was A Woman Award; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; and an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship. Her first monograph, "Penelope Umbrico (photographs)", was published by Aperture in the spring of 2011.