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Code GR will discuss public art

  • Three upcoming events, sponsored in part by the Office of Public Culture, will focus on public art.

Posted on October 23, 2013

Community leaders from the worlds of art and law will discuss public art during an event hosted by Brooks College's Office of Public Culture, ArtServe Michigan and Lawyers for a Creative Economy.

“Code GR: From Public to Private and Back Again” is set for Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m. at the Federal Building, 17 Pearl St. in Grand Rapids.

Paul Wittenbraker, associate professor of art and design, said panelists will discuss secondary uses of Alexander Calder’s “La Grande Vitesse”, including a recent ArtPrize entry. Panelists will address intellectual property and copyright issues and how these issues highlight the intersection of public and private domains.

Panelists include Tom Williams, attorney; Kendal Henry, artist and curator; and Jenny Mikulay, professor at Alverno College. Anna Campbell, GVSU associate professor of art and design, will serve as moderator.

RSVP for the event by October 23 by sending an email to or online at

Other events associated with Code GR:

• Friday, October 25, 10 a.m.: “Art, Place and Dislocation in the 21st Century City,” Grand Rapids Art Museum; also on Saturday, October 26, 5:30 p.m. Visit for information.

• November 1, 5 p.m.: “Accelerationsim” is a public lecture on philosophy, art and politics by Steven Shaviro, from Wayne State University. The lecture will be in Kennedy Hall, room 324. Visit the above website for information.

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