Just a brief note for now, with I hope more to come on this and some other items later: as those following the story know, the lawyer for Christoph Büchel in his dispute with Mass MoCA is none other than Donn Zaretsky, author of the excellent Art Law Blog. He's now put up a post containing the text of his letter to the museum regarding their lawsuit and plan to open the gallery space with Büchel's unfinished installation. See also the first installment of a statement by the artist over at the Exhibitionist, not to mention Ed Winkleman's thoughtful (as ever) post placing the controversy in a broader context. But you've all probably seen that stuff anyway if you're reading here, as I'm late as ever in getting this up. My thoughts? Well, I have a few, and perhaps shall develop them into a post at some point, but now I'm trying to keep an open mind. I do note that Ed's post and the comments there run against Büche (UPDATE: Ed disagrees with my characterization of his post below), but I'm not sure if there isn't a bit of a rush to judgment happening there. On the other hand, I certainly appreciate the awfulness of the situation that the museum finds itself in and wish that some flexibility could bring about a decent, if not ideal, solution. As for the actual legal grounds on which any court decision would revolve around, that's far beyond my ability to discuss. My hope as an audience member is that the parties reach some quiet solution that allows for both of them to move on and for the rest of us to see something displayed; my hope as someone commenting on the dispute is for a document dump. We shall see what comes about.