Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Found., Inc. v. Buchel, No. 08-2199
In a dispute between an artist and a museum over the implementation and installation of a football-field sized artwork, judgment of the district court in favor of the museum is affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded where: 1) the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) applies to unfinished works, and as such, genuine issues of material fact forecloses summary judgment on one of the artist's VARA claims - that the museum violated his right of artistic integrity by modifying the installation; and 2) the artist asserted a viable claim under the Copyright Act that the museum violated his exclusive right to display his work publicly.
On Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Decided January 27, 2010
Opinion by Circuit Judge Lipez
For Appellant: George T. Conway III, Elaine P. Golin, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, John C. Blessington, Sara E. Yevics, K&L Gates LLP, Elena M. Paul, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts