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Contact: Lauren@LaurenVHS.com


Lauren van Haaften-Schick is a curator, writer, and artist from New York City. She is a currently working on a PhD in the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University, and is the Associate Director of the Art & Law Program in New York. Her current interests concern the artistic appropriation of legal technologies such as contracts; artists’ labor, property, and moral rights; judicial and legislative art histories; and critical forms of circulation, with a focus on artistic networks, early conceptual art and institutional critique.

Recent presentations and articles include “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, “charge practicum” at the Arts League Houston, “Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies” at New York University, “Valuing Labor in the Arts” at UC Berkeley, and “Cariou v. Prince: Toward a Theory of Aesthetic-Judicial Judgments,” co-authored by Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, and published 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, Smith College, Northampton, MA, and The Goethe Institut, New York, NY, among other venues. She is currently completing “Non-Participation,” a collection of artists’ letters of protest and refusal, to be published by Half Letter Press (Chicago/Copenhagen), and presented at the Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis, MO, in June 2014, and at the Art League Houston, Houston, TX, in November 2015.

Lauren has received awards and grants from the Terra Foundation for American Art, The Mellon Foundation, Cornell Council for the Arts, The Stichting Egress Foundation, 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 among others. She has been a fellow and lecturer for the Art & Law Program, and a participant in The Gallerist Programme Workshop at de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam. In 2011 she served as a research and database 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 2004-2006, AHN|VHS gallery and bookstore in Philadelphia, PA from 2009-2010, and the independent curators group Extra Curricular from 2013 to the present. She received a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Hampshire College in 2006.

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