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, Witness Lab, 2020, mixed media. © Courtney McClellan. Courtesy the artist. Photography: Christopher Ankney

Courtney McClellan, Witness Lab, 2020, mixed media. © Courtney McClellan. Courtesy the artist. Photography: Kathryn Beaton

Courtney McClellan, Witness Lab, 2020, mixed media. © Courtney McClellan. Courtesy the artist. Photography: Christopher Ankney

Courtney McClellan, Witness Lab, 2020, mixed media. © Courtney McClellan. Courtesy the artist. Photography: Mark Gjukich

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
Tue
Mar 10
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
9:00am11:00am
Exhibitions Related
Tue
Mar 10
Witness Lab Simulation: U-M Trial Advocacy Society Scrimmage 
5:00pm9:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Mar 11
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
1:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Mar 11
Witness Lab Simulation: Salem Witch Trials with Professor Leonard Niehoff's U-M Law Seminar
5:30pm7:30pm
Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Wed
Mar 11
Witness Lab Simulation: Salem Witch Trials with Professor Leonard Niehoff's U-M Law Seminar​
5:30pm7:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Thu
Mar 12
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Mock Trial with U-M Mock Trial Team
6:00pm9:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Fri
Mar 13
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
10:00am12:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Fri
Mar 13
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
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Student Presentations: Immigration Courts And Judges With Professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof's U-M Immigration Law Class
12:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Wed
Mar 18
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Salem Witch Trials with Professor Leonard Niehoff's U-M Law Seminar
5:30pm7:30pm
Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Thu
Mar 19
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Community High School Mock Trial
4:00pm6:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
Mar 22
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Event: Artist Reflections with Courtney McClellan: Artist as Researcher
3:00pm4:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Mon
Mar 23
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Oral Arguments with Professor Timothy Pinto's U-M Law Class
10:30am1:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Mon
Mar 23
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: ​Melanie Manos' U-M Interarts Performance Class
5:00pm7:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Tue
Mar 24
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Oral Arguments with Professor Timothy Pinto's U-M Law Class
1:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Tue
Mar 24
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Event: Supreme Court 101 with Chief Justice Bridget McCormack
5:00pm6:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Mar 25
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Performance in Trial Advocacy with Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors
4:30pm7:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Thu
Mar 26
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Oral Arguments with Professor Timothy Pinto's U-M Law Class
12:45pm2:15pm
Exhibitions Related
Mon
Mar 30
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: ​Melanie Manos' U-M Interarts Performance Class
5:00pm7:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Tue
Mar 31
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
9:00am11:00am
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Apr 1
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
1:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Apr 1
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Performance in Trial Advocacy with Judge Timothy Connors and Margaret Connors
4:30pm7:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related / Student Events
Thu
Apr 2
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
9:00am11:00am
Exhibitions Related
Sat
Apr 4
Witness Lab Discussion: Can You Accurately Describe A Criminal? Police Sketches And Discussing Wrongful Convictions:  An Interactive Experiment
1:00pm2:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Tue
Apr 7
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
9:00am11:00am
Exhibitions Related
Tue
Apr 7
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Event: Supreme Court 101 with Chief Justice Bridget McCormack
5:00pm6:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Wed
Apr 8
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
1:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related
Thu
Apr 9
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Professor Tzveta Kassabova's U-M Advanced Movement Class 
9:00am11:00am
Exhibitions Related
Fri
Apr 10
-CANCELED-
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
-CANCELED-
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
Tue
Apr 14
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Mock Trial With Professor Jatin Dua's U-M Law And Culture Class
1:00pm2:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Thu
Apr 16
-CANCELED-
Witness Lab Simulation: Mock Trial With Professor Jatin Dua's U-M Law And Culture Class
1:00pm2:30pm
Exhibitions Related
Sun
May 10
-CANCELED-
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

Class interactions with the Witness Lab project is open to the public for observation. Some events require registration. Seating is limited.