Center for Art Law

At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.

Our Events

We are proud to have organized and hosted a wide variety of events in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and London. Sign up to our newsletter for exclusive invitations!

You’ve Been Served is our recurring program with a dinner and a movie dedicated to or inspired by films (feature and documentary) somehow associated with law and the arts. It is usually followed by a discussion highlighting the legal points raised by the movie.

Art Law Mixers bring art and law community members together to discuss recent art law developments.

Guided Tours are part of our See Art, Think Art Law program, where we provide a tour of a gallery or show which resonates with art law topics or famous cases.


Art & Law Workshop with Mana Contemporary
PART 2: A Guide To Copyright
Dec. 10, 2020 at 12 PM EST
Online (Zoom)

Buck For Your Art: Legal Tools For Turning Art Into Profit (CLE)
Dec. 11, 2020 at 1 PM EST
Online (Zoom), co-hosted with the Asian American Bar Association of New York
Speakers: Jana S. Farmer, Gregory Pan, and Irina Tarsis

Art & Law Workshop with Mana Contemporary
PART 3: Business Basics For Artists
Jan. 21, 2021 at 12 PM EST
Online (Zoom)


Art Law Lunch Talk: Hiding in Plain Sight
Nov. 18, 2020 at 12 PM EST
Online (Zoom)
Speakers: Anne Laure Bandle, Robert Simon, and Irina Tarsis

Art & Law Workshop with Mana Contemporary
PART 1: Contracts 101
Nov. 12, 2020 at 12 PM EST
Online (Zoom)

Art & Law Workshops: Thriving Artist Series with the Brooklyn Arts Council

Oct. 7, 2020, 4 PM EST
Leveraging Legal Tools for Creative Practice and Business

Oct. 8, 2020, 4 PM EST
IP on the Internet – Protecting Your Art Online

Art Law Coffee Talk: Serpentine Legal Lab
Sept. 28, 2020, 10 AM EST
Online (Zoom)
with Alana Kushnir, Marie Potel-Saville, Yayoi Shionoiri, and Irina Tarsis

ABCs of Art Law (CLE)
Sept. 22, 2020, 1 PM EST
Online (Zoom) Co-hosted with the Dartmouth Lawyers Association
with Amelia Sargent, Daphne Chen Matthews, Matthew Giger, and Irina Tarsis

Art Law Lunch Talks

Updates On Nazi-Era Looted Art
Thu. July 30, 2020, 12 PM EST
Online (Zoom)
with Nicholas O’Donnell, Peter Toren, and Irina Tarsis

Art In the Age of Social Media
Wed. July 29, 2020, 12 PM EST
Online (Zoom)
with Dr. Amy Werbel, Mikaela Gross, and Irina Tarsis

Art & Law COVID-19 Roundtable
May 8, 2020, 12 PM EST
Online (Zoom)
with Artistic Freedom Initiative and Mana Contemporary

ONLINE | Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic
Apr. 23, 2020, 6-8 PM EST
Co-hosted with the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and The Immigrant Artist Biennial

ONLINE | Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic
Mar. 24, 2020, 6–8 PM
Co-hosted with the New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Art & Law Dialogue: Dr. Bonadio & Zephyr on Graffiti
Mar. 9, 2020, 7–9 PM
New York University School of Law (NY) | Sponsored by the NYU Art Law Society

You’ve Been Served: Driven to Abstraction (2019) + Q&A with the Director
Feb. 19, 2020, 6–9 PM
Pryor Cashman LLP (New York, NY)

Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic
Jan. 30, 2020, 6–8 PM
New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Pratt Institute x Center for Art Law | Art & Law Workshops
Oct. 10, 17, and 24, 6–7 PM | Copyright, Contract, and Business Law
Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY)

UrbanGlass x Center for Art Law | Art & Law Workshop, Part 3: Social Media Rights
Professional Development Series
Oct. 25, 2019, 6–7 PM
UrbanGlass Studio (Brooklyn, NY)

Word on the Street: Legal Issues in Graffiti Art (CLE)
Oct. 15, 2019, 5–7 PM
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NY)
Speakers: Scott Burroughs and Louise Carron
This program is eligible for 2 CLE credits.

International Art Law Conference
Sept. 19, 2019, 2–7 PM
Christie’s (NY)

UrbanGlass x Center for Art Law
Art & Law Workshop, Part 2: Copyrights
Professional Development Series
Sept. 4, 2019, 6–7 PM
UrbanGlass Studio (Brooklyn, NY)

UrbanGlass x Center for Art Law
Art & Law Workshop, Part 1: Contracts
Professional Development Series
July 25, 2019, 6–7 PM
UrbanGlass Studio (Brooklyn, NY)

Art & Law Auction: VIP Reception and Preview
June 25, 2019, 5 – 8 PM
Taylor|Graham (NY)
Online auction: June 11-27, 2019 on

Art Law Mixer (CLE) | Getting Real: Authenticity and the Law
Jun 11, 2019
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NY)
Speakers: Cynthia Gayton, Sharon Hecker, and Dean Nicyper
CLE Handouts available here.

Art & Law Workshop
Art and Law: Copyright Basics for Artists
May 9, 2019
Mana Contemporary (NJ)

You’ve Been Served: Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)
March 12, 2019
NYU School of Law (NY)
Speaker: Yagna Yass-Alton

Art & Law Workshop
Legal Basics Every Artist Should Know: Copyright Edition
Mar. 8, 2019

Panel (CLE) | International Perspectives on Street Art (NYC)
Feb. 6, 2019
Fordham School of Law (NY)
Speakers: William L. Charron, Diego Figueroa-Rodriguez, Marie-Cécile Flaguel, and Renée Vara
CLE handouts available here.

You’ve Been Served: Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014)
Nov. 8, 2018
Brooklyn Law School (NY)
Speaker: Jennifer Mass

You’ve Been Served: The Price of Everything (2018)
Oct. 25, 2018
Quad Cinema (NY)

Art Law Mixer
What’s Happening?
June 22, 2018
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NY)
Speakers: David D’Arcy, Katherine Wilson-Milne, Hanoch Sheps, Louise Carron, and Irina Tarsis

You’ve Been Served: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)
May 22, 2018
AC Institute (NY)
Speakers: Dean Nicyper and Andrew Gerber

Panel (CLE) |An Introduction to Cultural Heritage Law and Order
February 12, 2018
Cardozo Law School (NY)
Speakers: Karin Orenstein, John P. Labbat and Henry Mazurek Moderators: Irina Tarsis and Megan Noh

Art Law Mixer
Photographer v. Non-Photographer
November 29, 2018
Danziger Gallery (NY).
Speakers: Nancy Wolff and Daniel Brooks

You’ve Been Served: The Rape of Europa (2006)
October 25, 2017
Brooklyn Law School (NY)
Speaker: Anna Rubin

You’ve Been Served: Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town (2016)
June 22, 2017
AC Institute (NY)
Speakers: Beatrice Alda, Jennifer Brooke, and David Joel
Moderator: Adelaide Dunn

Art Law Mixer
Estate Planning for Artists
June 8, 2017
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NY).
Speakers: Amy F. Altman, Peter V. Arcese, Barbara T. Hoffman, and Betsy Dale

You’ve Been Served: F For Fake (1973)
April 20, 2017
Brooklyn Law School (NY)
Speaker: Aaron H. Crowell

Immigration Law and the Arts: Nice Work if You Can Get In…
March 9, 2017
George Berges Gallery (NY)
Speakers: Alejandro Filippa and Michael Lehach

You’ve Been Served: Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
December 13, 2016
AC Institute (NY)
Speaker: Enrico Bonadio

Art Law Mixer
Restitution: Welcome to NYC, TEFAF!
October 25, 2016
Galerie St Etienne (NY)
Speakers: Frank K. Lord IV, Jane Kallir and Lucille Roussin

Guided Tour
George Grosz
October 14, 2016
David Nolan Gallery (NY)
Speaker: Irina Tarsis

Art Law Mixer
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
July 19, 2016
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NY)
Speakers: Amelia Brankov, Katie Wilson-Milne, and Dean Nicyper

You’ve Been Served: The Destruction of Memory (2015)
June 21, 2016
Anthology Film Archives (NY).

You’ve Been Served: Herb and Dorothy (2008)
March 23, 2016
Cardozo Law School (NY).
Speaker: John R. Cahill

You’ve Been Served: Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
March 8, 2016
NYU Law School (NY).
Speakers: Amy F. Altman and David A. Bondy

Art Law Mixer
March 2, 2016
Minus Space (NY).
Speakers: Kristin Sakoda, Alan S. Kleiman, Martin Shell and Irina Tarsis.

Guided Tour
Knoedler Trial Courtroom Illustrations
February 26, 2016
World Trade Gallery (NY).
Speaker: Elizabeth Williams

Guided Tour
The Missing: Rebuilding The Past
January 27, 2016
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NY).
Speaker: Erin Thompson

Art Law Mixer
Exploring Fair and Just Solutions
December 2, 2015
Stephen Ongpin Fine Art (London)
Speaker: Evelien Campfens

Art Law Mixer
Art Law Mixer
November 5, 2015
Doyle New York (NY).
Speaker: Judith Wallace

Art Law Mixer
Back to Art Law: Discussing Private Commissions
October 20, 2015
AC Institute (NY).
Speaker: Judith Prowda

Art Law Mixer
Basics and Pitfalls of Nonprofit Formation and Fundraising for the Arts
June 11, 2015
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (NY).
Speakers: Peter Cobb, Celia Muller, Morgan Lindsey Tachco, and Lauren Simpson

Art Law Mixer
Photography and the Law
May 28, 2015
Sundaram Tagore Gallery (NY).
Speakers: Nancy Wolff, Judd Grossman, and Paul Cossu

You’ve Been Served: Woman in Gold (2015)
April 13, 2015
At the theatre (NY).

Special Guest: Lucille A. Roussin.

You’ve Been Served: Art and Craft (2014)
March 13, 2015
NYU Law School (NY).
Speaker: James Martin

You’ve Been Served: Big Eyes (2014)
February 16, 2015
At the theatre (NY).
Special guest: Robert Stein

Art Law Mixer
Collecting Art
November 10, 2014
Ascent Contemporary Projects (NY).
Special Guest: Massimo Sterpi

Art Law Mixer
Philadelphia Art Law Mixer
October 30, 2014
Freeman’s (Philadelphia, PA).

Art Law Mixer
The Madness of Art Law
October 28, 2014
Jim Kempner Fine Art (NY).

Guided Tour
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
October 16, 2014
Whitney Museum of American Art (NY).
Speaker: Irina Tarsis

Introduction to Genealogy
September 17, 2014
Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School (NY).
Speaker: Dr. Rose Lerer Cohen

Guided Tour
Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany
August 28, 2014 and May 9, 2014
Neue Galerie New York (NY).
Speaker: Irina Tarsis

Art Law Mixer
Spring Into Art Law
May 1, 2014
Lyons Wier Gallery (NY).

Art Law Mixer
Capital Art Law Mixer
April 11, 2014
Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington DC).

Art Law Mixer
Art Law Mixer by the Book
April 5, 2014
Ars Libri (Boston, MA).

Guided Tour
Richard Serra
March 6, 2014
Gagosian Gallery (NY).

You’ve Been Served: Portrait of Wally (2014)
March 3, 2014
At the theatre.

You’ve Been Served: Monuments Men (2014)
February 13, 2014
At the theatre.

Art Law Mixer
Shaken, not Stirred
February 3, 2014
Mixed Greens (NY).

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