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Lauren van Haaften-Schick

Ph.D. Student in History of Art


Lauren’s research considers historical intersections of art and law, with a focus on artists’ contracts, the work of art as property, and the history of artists’ rights. Core interests include the career of Seth Siegelaub, Conceptual art, Institutional Critique, the circulation of prints and photographs, history of the art market, and the political economy of art. Curating has been integral to Lauren's research, with major exhibitions “Non-Participation” and “Canceled: Alternative Manifestations & Productive Failures” traveling to numerous venues in the US and abroad (2014-16; 2012-14). Talks & publications include SoMA Summer 2017; “Seth Siegelaub and the Expanded Archive of Conceptual Art,” CAA 2017; “Art After Property,” C Magazine; ”The Artists' Resale Right," for W.A.G.E. Artists Resale Rights Working Group, Artists Space Books & Talks, NY; "What Now? The Politics of Listening," Art in General and the Vera List Center, NY; The Law, Culture, and the Humanities conference at Georgetown University Law Centre and University of Connecticut; "Valuing Labor in the Arts" (with Helena Keeffe) at the Arts Research Center, UC Berkeley; and “Cariou v. Prince: Toward a Theory of Aesthetic-Judicial Judgments” (with Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento), Texas A&M Law Review. In 2012 she was a Curatorial Fellow for the Art & Law Program. Lauren has received grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art among others, and has been a guest speaker at universities and art institutions throughout the U.S. and Europe. Prior to her PhD, she worked as a curator, gallerist, archivist, researcher, grantmaker, and printmaker. She received a BA in Studio Arts and Art History from Hampshire College in 2006.


  • History of Art and Visual Studies