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Legal records relating to Richard Serra v. United States General Services Administration et al., 1985-1987

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Creator:
Harrow, Gustave
Subject:
Serra, Richard
Serra, Richard
United States.General Services Administration
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
4.4 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Legal records of Assistant Attorney General, Gustave Harrow, assembled in the course of defending sculptor Richard Serra in the matter of Richard Serra v. United States General Services Administration (1986-1988). Included are testimony from the 1985 hearing, Harrow's own files, slides of Serra's work,a VHS video from Tokyo Broadcasting System, 1985, and a U-matic video tape (1979), "For Love or Money".
Citation:
Legal records relating to Richard Serra v. United States General Services Administration et al., 1985-1987. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Assistant District Attorney; New York City. In 1979, the General Services Administration offices at Federal Plaza in New York City commissioned Richard Serra to provide a public sculpture. Almost immediately after its installation in 1981, there was a huge public outcry that "Tilted Arc", a curving wall of rusting steel, be removed. A hearing was held in 1985, and a decision handed down by Dwight Ink of the GSA, establishing a panel to investigate its removal. In 1986, Serra sued, the case went to trial in 1987, and through appeal in 1988. The sculpture was removed on March 15, 1989.
Provenance:
Donated 1997 by the widow of Gustave Harrow, Laurie Harrow.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Law and art
Public sculpture
Slides (photographs)
Video recordings
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6104
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216300
AAA_collcode_harrgust
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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