Thomson Reuters is partnering with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts again on a continuing legal education program on law and art called “Fakes and Forgeries: A Panel Discussion on Law and Art.” The event will be held on April 16, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. in the Pillsbury Auditorium at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This is the second installment of the “Law and Art” series, with the first being Who Owns Matisse?, a panel discussion held in May 2014.

The program will be a panel discussion exploring the topic of art fakes and forgeries, as well as their legal and cultural complications, through some of the most famous art forgery cases in modern history. The panel is comprised of the Honorable Justice Christopher Dietzen of Minnesota Supreme Court; Professor Ruth Okediji of the University of Minnesota Law School and an internationally renowned copyright law expert; Professor Thomas Lane of the University of Minnesota Art Department and an internationally acclaimed ceramics artist; and Patrick Noon, Patrick and Aimee Butler Chair of Paintings and Paintings Department Head at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The discussion will be moderated by Rick King, chief operating officer for technology at Thomson Reuters and member of the MIA Board of Trustees.

The value of a piece of art is determined partially by the aesthetic appeal and partially by the work’s authenticity. It is of paramount importance to a purchaser that the piece’s authenticity be ascertainable with a high degree of certainty. But sophisticated talented forgers often have made that determination extremely difficult, even for the experts. An estimated 10 percent of all art transactions involve forgeries for fake.

This program is for legal professionals and anyone interested in learning more about the intersection of art and law. It is a part of the Minnesota Institute of Arts 100th anniversary celebration.

This program has been approved for 1.5 standard CLE credits by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education.

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