Lauren van Haaften-Schick

Lauren van Haaften-Schick is a PhD Candidate in the History of Art at Cornell University and independent curator. Her research fuses histories of art and law to examine artists’ interventions in the legal system since the 1960s, with a focus on "The Artist's Reserved Rights Transfer and Sale Agreement," a controversial contract developed by curator-publisher of conceptual art Seth Siegelaub with lawyer Robert Projansky in 1971. Lauren has curated numerous exhibitions examining related themes of censorship and protest, including “Non-Participation” (2014-16) and “Canceled: Alternative Manifestations & Productive Failures” (2012-14), and collaborates with activists, lawyers, and technologists. She has published articles and interviews in the journal Performance Research, the Oxford Handbook of Law, and contributed catalogue essays on Hans Haacke, Seth Siegelaub, among others. She has presented on her research at Artists Space (New York), The Luminary (St. Louis), Georgetown University Law Center, New York University, the Pratt Institute, and elsewhere. Since 2012 she has been involved with the Art & Law Program as a Curatorial Fellow, Associate Director, and Advisor, and has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art, and Cornell Tech and others.



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