Witness Lab

February 15 - May 17, 2020

Designed as a courtroom installation and a performance series by Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Courtney McClellan, Witness Lab frames witnessing as a social and artistic act. The gallery collapses courtroom, theater, classroom, laboratory, and artist studio in order to study the relationship between performance and law. In hosting mock trials, court transcript readings, and trial advocacy workshops, the artist investigates who performs the role of witness in our society and how that understanding may map onto the narrower legal definition of the role. The installation will host legal simulations from participating groups, including the Trial Advocacy Society and the Oral Argument Competition from the University of Michigan Law School, as well as the undergraduate team of the Collegiate American Mock Trial Association. Taking the role of courtroom sketch artists, or court reporters, students from the U-M Stamps School of Art and Design will observe and document the courtroom performances through drawing, text, photography, and video.

Witness Lab is presented in partnership with the Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Program of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, with lead support provided by the University of Michigan Law School and Office of the Provost.

Images

Courtney McClellan, Double Jeopardy, 2019, GIF. © Courtney McClellan. Courtesy the artist

Courtney McClellan, Moot (University of Michigan) 11, 2019, digital print. © Courtney McClellan. Courtesy the artist

Courtney McClellan, Moot (University of Michigan) 2, 2019, digital print. © Courtney McClellan. Courtesy the artist

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatFeb 15
Exhibition Opens
Mon
Feb 17
Artist Talk with Courtney McClellan: Observer v. Witness, presented by the Penny Stamps Speaker Series and UMMA
5:30pm7:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Wed
Mar 11
2020
Witness Lab Simulation: Salem Witch Trials with Professor Leonard Niehoff's U-M Law Seminar
5:30pm7:30pm
Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Fri
Mar 13
2020
Witness Lab Simulation: Romeo vs. the City of Verona with Katie McBride's Greenhills Middle School Class
1:30pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Mar 18
2020
Witness Lab Simulation: Salem Witch Trials with Professor Leonard Niehoff's U-M Law Seminar
5:30pm7:30pm
Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Sun
Mar 22
2020
Witness Lab Event: Artist Reflections with Courtney McClellan: Artist as Researcher
3:00pm4:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Tue
Mar 24
2020
Witness Lab Event: Supreme Court 101 with Chief Justice Bridget McCormack
5:00pm6:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Mar 25
2020
Witness Lab Simulation: Performance in Trial Advocacy with Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors
4:30pm7:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Wed
Apr 1
2020
Witness Lab Simulation: Performance in Trial Advocacy with Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors
4:30pm7:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Tue
Apr 7
2020
Witness Lab Event: Supreme Court 101 with Chief Justice Bridget McCormack
5:00pm6:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Fri
Apr 10
2020
Witness Lab Event: Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State: Gallery Discussion with Courtney McClellan: The Art & Science of Witnessing
4:00pm5:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Fri
Apr 10
2020
Witness Lab Event: Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State​: Film Screening of El Panóptico Ciego (The Blind Panopticon)
5:30pm7:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Film
Sun
May 10
2020
Witness Lab Event: Artist Reflections with Courtney McClellan: Witnessing as an Artistic Act
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunMay 17
Exhibition Closes

Upcoming Witness Lab Events