Are you pumped for ALES Fashion Week at GW Law, starting February 13? We sure are. But in the meantime, there’s always New York Fashion Week. Click above to see some designers’ inspirations for their new collections.
Looking to spruce up your walls in the new year? Here are some sites where you can get affordable art:
20x200: I have three words for you: Twenty. Dollar. Prints. No joke. There’s a huge selection of limited-edition prints, and the 8x10-inch ones are $20. And if you’re in the mood to splurge, you can get the prints in larger sizes, or you can add a frame.
Worthwhisland: Took me a while to figure out that the name is a portmanteau of “worthwhile” and “island”…and I presume it’s pronounced accordingly, with a long i. Anyway, they carry a bunch of prints—and sculptures!—in limited editions. A bit more expensive, but still great prices for high-quality artwork.
Etsy also has a nice selection of affordable art (and any crafty thing you could think of), and you get to buy straight from the artist.
And, if you’re in D.C., you may want to check out the Pleasant Plains Workshop. I haven’t been there yet, but their website makes me want to skip class and go immediately!
Great article about an art detective at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts who researches potential acquisitions to ensure that the museum will have clear title and will be able to avoid legal entanglements involving stolen works.
“GTL…you know the deal.”—Abercrombie & Fitch put The Situation’s (in?)famous slogan on a t-shirt, and now he’s suing them for trademark infringement. I did a quick search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database, and it appears that “GTL” is registered for (inter alia) “Clothing, namely, t-shirts and underwear”. If you want to see it for yourself, go to the database, do a “Basic Word Mark Search”, and look for serial no. 77928747.
The Art Law and Entertainment Society will be hosting a Wine Law discussion on Thursday, November 17th, at 7:30pm in the Student Conference Center (Lisner 201).
Cary Greene, GW Law professor and current Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for WineAmerica, will be discussing the domestic wine industry and the federal regulations that affect winemakers in America. Following the discussion, we’ll have a tasting of several domestic wines!
If you would like to attend, please RSVP beginning November 9th, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Sat., Nov. 5 | The Phillips Collection Birthday Bash
In honor of its 90th Anniversary, the Phillips Collection is hosting a Birthday Bash on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Not only is admission free (!), but there are cupcakes and musical performances and lots of other fun stuff throughout the day. This is a great chance to see the Phillips’s new Degas exhibit, as well as the permanent collection. (Don’t miss the Rothko room!)
Interested in Art Law and career opportunities related to art? Come to the Art Law Career Panel to hear from lawyers practicing in the field! It’ll be a great opportunity to network and ask specific questions about career possibilities.
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 pm in the SCC
Refreshments will be served! This event is sponsored by ALES and the GW Small Business Clinic.
Our featured speakers will be:
Ms. Possessky has a national practice in intellectual property, media, and entertainment law at Gura & Possessky. For over a decade, she has counseled artists, nonprofits, associations and small businesses on intellectual property protection and on content transactions in publishing, television, film, media and the internet. She also advises clients on First Amendment issues relating to fair use of third-party content and intellectual property. Prior to working in private practice, Ms. Possessky was with the Smithsonian Institution, negotiating agreements for museums revenue-generating activities including publishing, film and image licensing, product development, art consignments and special events including the Presidential Inauguration.
She currently serves as the President for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and as an elected Member of the Board of Governors of the District of Columbia Bar. Recently, she was appointed to board of the Women’s Bar Association Foundation. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Marvin is a solo practitioner specializing in art and business law. Her clients are players in the art world, such as artists, galleries, collectors, for whom she often does contract and licensing work. Ms. Marvin is also an art advisor with her own consulting firm, Sightline, where she guides collectors through galleries and artists’ studios to find and place artwork. She works with galleries and artists in the D.C. area and around the world.
Before starting her businesses in June 2004, Ms. Marvin was an associate at Covington & Burling in D.C. in the Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Privacy practice groups. She attended UVA Law School and Haverford College, where she majored in Comparative Literature and minored in Art History.
Ms. Browne is an Associate General Counsel at the Smithsonian Institute, as well as a GW Law adjunct professor. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she served as a staff attorney and attorney advisor at the Federal Trade Commission; Legal Counsel to the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Commerce and the U.S. Virgin Islands Port Authority; and Chief Counsel of the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature. Ms. Browne is a former Adjunct Professor for the Business of Art in the Department of Fine Arts, Howard University, and a past Chair of the D.C. Bar Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Section. She attended Harvard Law School and Barnard College.
Wyndham Wallace offers his views in this article (and a companion piece with the musician Joe Cardamone, singer for the band The Icarus Line) on an issue receiving lots of press in the past decade: digital copyright. Here the focus is on music copyright, which tends to grab most of the headlines. If you want to investigate a bit more, two great (and diametrically opposed) views are to be found in Lawrence Lessig’s book “Remix” and Andrew Keen’s “The Cult of the Amateur” (or, How Today’s Internet is Killing our Culture).
Fri., Oct. 14 | Law Revue and ALES Open Mic Night and Art Show
Mark your calendars, GW Law students! Next Friday (October 14), the GW Law Revue and ALES will be holding an Open Mic Night and Art Show, in the SCC (second floor of Lisner) at 8.30 p.m. If you have art you’d like to display, or a performance you’d like to do, email us by October 10! But even if you don’t participate, we hope you plan on attending—it’s just $5 for beer, snacks, and a rollicking good time.
“Firstly in the first place, some people had a question about my very obvious statement, ‘I don’t necessarily agree that Rick Perry is George Bush on crack, but he could definitely be described as George Bush 2.0.’”—That literary gem was written by a parodist at conservative blog RedState, mocking the writing style of Meghan McCain (John’s daughter), who blogs for the Daily Beast/Newsweek. Her lawyers complained, and RedState took it down. But what do you think? Where’s the line between libel and satire? Read more here.
Did I get your attention with that outlandish post title? I hope so. Anyway, the link above will take you to an interesting story about one blogger’s journey to find out the truth behind petite lap giraffes, and the newspaper that used his research without attribution.
The Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit will be held on Monday and Tuesday, October 3 and 4. This is an annual summit which is great not only for academic enrichment, but also for networking. To get the student reduced pricing of $25, email email@example.com using your law school email address. However, there is only limited student pricing, so if you are interested, e-mail her soon!
The Future of Music Policy Summit 2011 will bring together incredible array of musicians, arts advocates, policymakers, technologists, media representatives and industry figures to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy, and law. Attendees will examine current trends while looking ahead to a sustainable, 21st century music ecosystem that rewards creators and fans.
Are you an artist? Want to have your work displayed publicly around the District? The DC government is selecting artwork to be added to the DC Art Bank and displayed in DC agencies. The deadline to submit your work for consideration is Friday, September 30. See the link above for more information!
Panel Series | Lunch Bytes: Digital Art and Culture
The Goethe-Institut Washington and the Smithsonian’s Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden at the Goethe Institut are hosting a series of lunchtime panels on digital art and culture. See below for more info! To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 12, 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Institutional Challenges
Digital art continues to present new questions to museums and other institutions devoted to the presentation and preservation of art. How are institutions adapting to the challenges, needs, and opportunities of contemporary society? How can digital art be stored, exhibited and preserved? What happens to the vast amount of data circulating daily on the web?
Artists and expert panelists include: Joel Holmberg, New York-based artist; Jeff Martin, Time-based Media Conservator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Christiane Paul, Director of the Media Studies, Graduate Programs at The New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Peter Weibel, Director of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
Wednesday, November 9, 12:00 - 2:00 pm: Digital Material
Artists and curators constantly question thenature of the interaction between the digital and the material, the virtual and the real. Can they be juxtaposed as different realms? Should they be seen as inseparable spheres that constantly interpenetrate one another? How do they affect and alter one another? Does the ubiquity of digital technologies somehow fundamentally change our everyday life?
Artists and expert panelists include: Aram Bartholl, Berlin-based artist; Kerry Brougher, Chief Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (LCCHP) is hosting a conference on Thursday, November 3 entitled “Keeping the Lid on Davy Jones’ Locker: The Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage from Titanic to Today”. Admission is $40 for nonmember students, and $25 for students with memberships.
Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring a Museum Day on Saturday, September 24—just visit the site above, and you can download a ticket that’ll get you (and a guest) into a bunch of museums, in DC and across the country, for free!
“Fashion is a glamorous industry, but rub off the sheen, and quite another scene emerges.”—Ashley Mears, former model and current assistant professor of sociology at BU, addresses labor issues in the modeling industry in the New York Times.
"According to stories at the AP, WNYC, Epoch Times, [NY city council member Margaret] Chin is set to introduce legislation on Thursday that would criminalize the purchase of fake and trademarked items. Buying such items would attach a class A misdemeanor that could include either jail time or a $1000 ticket.” [Via The Wall Street Journal Law Blog]