Lauren van Haaften-Schick is a curator, writer, and artist from New York City. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University. Lauren’s research considers historical intersections of art and law, with a focus on artists’ contracts, the history of artists’ rights laws, and artists’ interventions in the legal system and legal norms since the 1960s. Core interests include the career of Seth Siegelaub, Conceptual art, Institutional Critique, the circulation of artists’ books and multiples, history of the art market, and economic and labor issues in art. In 2018-2019 she will be a Digital Life Initiative Doctoral Fellow at Cornell Tech.
Recent public presentations and writing include CAA 2017 and 2018, “Seth Siegelaub’s Many Circulations” at SOMA Summer in Mexico City, “The Artists’ Resale Right” with the WAGE working group on Artists Resale Royalties at Artists Space Books & Talks in NYC, “What Now? The Politics of Listening” at the Vera List Center and Art in General, NY, “Art After Property” in C Magazine, and “Cariou v. Prince: Toward a Theory of Aesthetic-Judicial Judgments,” co-authored by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento in the Texas A&M Law Review. Her major exhibition “Canceled: Alternative Manifestations & Productive Failures,” first exhibited at the Center for Book Arts, NY, in 2012, traveled to Albright College, Reading, PA, and Smith College, Northampton, MA among other venues. “Non-Participation,” a collection of artists’ letters of protest and refusal, traveled to the Luminary St. Louis, MO, in June 2014, the Art League Houston, Houston, TX, in November 2015, and 1er Escalón in Murcia and Espacío Trapezío in Madrid in 2016.
Lauren has received awards and grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Engaged Cornell, the Terra Foundation for American Art, The Mellon Foundation, the Cornell Council for the Arts, and The Massachusetts Cultural Council, among others. She has lectured and presented her work at Georgetown University Law Center, New York University, the Pratt Institute, and Fordham Law School, and many other art and academic institutions in the United States and abroad. From 2015-2017 she was Associate Director of the Art & Law Program, NY, was a Curatorial Fellow in 2012, and currently serves as Program Advisor. In 2011 she served as a research assistant for the late curator Seth Siegelaub and his work on art law and textile history. She was a founding director of Gallery TK in Northampton, MA from 2004-06, AHN|VHS gallery and bookstore in Philadelphia, PA from 2009-10, and the independent curators group Extra Curricular from 2013-15. Lauren has previously worked as a curator, gallerist, archivist, researcher, grantmaker, and printmaker. She received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Hampshire College in 2006.