Art & Law Residency Exhibition 2012


*Announcing 2012 resident James N. Kienitz Wilkins' film premiere, Public Hearing, at Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, CPH:DOX, November 1 - 11, 2012


Scènes à Faire

VLA Art & Law Residency Exhibition
Curated by Caryn Coleman

Exhibition dates:
October 5 - October 21, 2012

Dumbo Arts Center
111 Front Street, Suite 212,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

David Birkin, Jennifer Dean, John Hawke, Carol R. Irving, Jenn Kahn, John Lee, Nathan Manuel, Joanna Montoya, Luis Nieto Dickens, Diana Shpungin, Alex Snukal, Sophia Wallace and James N. Kienitz Wilkins.

Public Programming

Artist Conversation: Text, Image, Law with Sophia Wallace, Nathan Manuel, Risa Puno, and Joanna Montoya.
Moderated by Karl Erickson, Director of Dumbo Arts Center and Caryn Coleman, Art & Law Program Curator
Date and Venue TBA

This conversation brings together three artists and a curator from the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Art & Law Residency 2012 and 2011 programs to discuss how the Residents respond or interpret constructs of law and power through language and visual cues. Program Curator, Caryn Coleman and Karl Erickson, Executive Director of Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) will present a brief overview of the residency and the exhibition to then moderate a discussion between Nathan Manuel, Sophia Wallace, Risa Puno, and Joanna Montoya are among the participants in Text, Image, Law


Artist Film Club
Thursday, October 18
7:00pm - 8:00pm
At Nitehawk Cinema
136 Metropolitan Avenue
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Nitehawk Cinema kicks off its new Artist Film Club with a selection of artist videos and films chosen by the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts 2012 Art & Law Residents. The films and videos inspire or reflect the Residents’ interest in art and law.


Scènes à Faire
is the culminating exhibition of the Art & Law Residency Program’s third year. Programming features works by the 2012 Residency artists, curators, and writer made in response to the complex relationship between legal and artistic practices. The diverse projects in Scènes à Faire address issues surrounding the law such a power, privilege, intent, loss, liminal boundaries, language, and the truth.

As legal issues permeate into every aspect of social, political and cultural life, artistic production is no longer immune. The eight-month Art & Law Residency program provides an intellectual and artistic setting for artists, writers, and curators to engage in ongoing discussions and debates that examine the overlap and disconnect between artistic production and the law from historical, social, ethical and intellectual standpoints. Using law as discourse and medium, Residents gain the experience and knowledge for the artworks in Scènes à Faire and work beyond the Program. The Art & Law Residency is a program of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Also, for the first time, the Resident artists, curators, and writer will publish a catalogue to highlight their individual practices as well as the relationship they draw between art and the law. A preview of the catalogue will be available at the opening reception! You can order yours that night directly from Dumbo Arts Center!



Thanks to Dumbo Arts Center

For more information please contact: 
Caryn Coleman: 


The Art & Law Residency is an educational program of
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts