The Fine Art of Being a Lawyer

There’s an art to being a good lawyer, but did you know that lawyering could also be art?

In the late 1980s, choreographer Ann Carlson worked with four young lawyers from New York to create the dance  Sloss, Kerr, Rosenberg & Moore.

Still from Sloss, Kerr, Rosenberg & Moore
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According to a 1989 New York Times review,

The nine-minute dance places the four men in a small confining square where they bend, tilt and perform typical lawyers’ gestures and other autobiographical gestures, spoken phrases and even screams suggested by the events and emotions in their own lives and in the life of Ms. Carlson. –Read More


Twenty years later, Carlson collaborated with artist Mary Ellen Strom to turn the dance into a video art work.

In a video produced by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mary Ellen Strom describes Sloss, Kerr, Rosenberg & Moore as both  a “very serious and deep investigation into these four men and our realtionship to the juridical system” and “hilarious”. – Watch the full video of Mary Ellen Strom.


Take a break from your studies and see Sloss, Kerr, Rosenberg & Moore and other seriously hilarious, hilariously serious, and otherwise inspiring art in the new Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA ( free with your Harvard ID).


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