Performing Art

64 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2020


In this modified version of a chapter in his forthcoming book, Art and Freedom of Speech, (Univ. of Illinois Press, 2008-09), Professor Bezanson begins to probe the nature of art and its relation to the first amendment free speech guarantee. The article, to appear in the Federal Communication Law Journal, uses the Karen Finley v. NEA case, and specifically discussion of Finley's performance art, to critique the Supreme Court's very approach to the Finley case and to view the issues from the perspective of art, artistic freedom, and the Supreme Court's role in fashioning constitutional protection for art as art, and not simply as cognitive speech.

Keywords: First Amendment, Art, Artistic Freedom, Constitutional Law, Supreme Court, Freedom of Speech, Intellectual Property

JEL Classification: L30

Suggested Citation

Bezanson, Randall P., Performing Art. U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-05, Available at SSRN:

Randall P. Bezanson (Contact Author)

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