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Mon, 05/13/2013 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Working, Drawings, and Other Visible Things Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed as Art
A talk by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento
Monday, May 13, 2013 | 12- 1:30 PM
Contemporary Arts Center Colloquium Room (CAC 3201)

Sarmiento will speak about his art work which led to his entering Cornell Law School as an art project, as well as his current practice as an artist, writer, teacher, and lawyer. Via the legal doctrines of property, free speech, and intellectual property, Sarmiento will also discuss the role of judges as art critics, and the notion of law as medium.  Sarmiento is an artist interested in the relationship between art and law. 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, and received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2006.  His art projects have been shown in international exhibitions, including Mexico, Germany, and Spain, and nationally in Dallas, New York City, Miami and Los Angeles. He has published essays and projects in Five Continents and One City Exhibition (catalogue essay, Mexico), Capital Art: On the Culture of Punishment (catalogue essay, US), Cabinet Magazine (US), Law Text Culture (Australia), Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left,  Canceled: Alternative Manifestations and Productive Failures (catalogue essay, US), and Art Asia Pacific (Asia, The Pacific, Middle East).  From 2006 to 2012, Sarmiento was Director of Education and Associate Director for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City. He currently teaches contemporary art and law at Fordham Law School. In 2010, Sarmiento founded the Art & Law Program, a semester-long seminar series with a theoretical and philosophical focus on the effects of law and jurisprudence on cultural production and reception.

Free and open to the public. 

Image: “Untitled,” black spray on drawing paper, 2012, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento.

This event is part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series (VALS) in the Department of Art. Organized by graduate students, VALS invites a slate of visiting artists and scholars relevant to graduate students’ own research and practice.