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Fakes, Forgeries & Other Legal Issues in Art Authentication [1.0 Cal. MCLE credits available*]

  • Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
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Fakes, Forgeries &
Other Legal Issues in Art Authentication

with exhibition tour at Hammer Museum
[1.0 hour Cal. MCLE credit available*]

Program Description:

     Forgeries are often the stuff of mystery novels, sensational news stories and detailed art historical research. But what legal issues are involved when there is a question about who is the true creator of a work of art? And whose interest is at stakeundefinedthe artist's, the collector's/owner's, the public's?
     Join CLA and art lawyer Christine Steiner for a discussion of the diverse legal issues surrounding the authentication of artwork, including warranty obligations, criminal proof elements and other matters. Steiner will highlight the rights, obligations and causes of action when fakes and forgeries are discovered as well as the crisis in liability for opinions by appraisers, scholars, and other authenticators.
     The program will begin with a guided exhibition tour at the Hammer Museum, followed by the MCLE/lecture portion of the evening.  This program is designed for an attorney audience but all members of the community are welcome.

     Christine Steiner is Special Counsel at Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles. She represents art collectors, national and international living artists, collectors' and artists' estates and foundations, galleries, museums and cultural organizations, creative businesses, universities, writers, publishers, and other creative clients.
     Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Ms. Steiner created an international private practice dedicated to global issues in art, architecture, culture, museums and intellectual property law. Prior to private practice, she served as Secretary and General Counsel of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and as Assistant General Counsel of the Smithsonian Institution. 
     Ms. Steiner is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School and has been a visiting professor of international art law in various international law school programs. She serves on the editorial board of the Copyright Society of the United States, and is active in the arts in Los Angeles.

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Paid parking at Hammer Museum or other nearby lots.

NOTE: Only check or credit card accepted for walk-in registrations.  MCLE credit, if desired, is included in all prices. 

*CLA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 1.0 hour of general participatory MCLE credit and zero hours of Legal Ethics, Elimination of Bias and/or Competence Issues credit. This event may meet the requirements for continuing legal education credits in other states. Please check with the bar in the state in which you are seeking credits to determine whether this event is eligible.

These seminars are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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