Legal records relating to Richard Serra v. United States General Services Administration et al

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.harrgust
Creators:
Harrow, Gustave
Dates:
1985-1988
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
4 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Legal records and other papers, 1985-1988, of Assistant New York State Attorney General Gustave Harrow, assembled in his service as legal counsel to sculptor Richard Serra in the matter of Richard Serra v. United States General Services Administration, et. al., including Harrow's correspondence; proceedings of the 1985 public hearing to decide whether Serra's 1981 sculpture Tilted Arc commissioned by the GSA for the Federal Plaza in New York City should be relocated; copies of legal affidavits, complaints, memoranda and points of law, opinions, subpoenas, dispositions, and other documents; research on copyright, torts, trademark cases, not-for-profit corporations, and other topics; printed material about Tilted Arc; a Tilted Arc chronology of events; copies of installation documents; a VHS video recording from Tokyo Broadcasting System, 1985; and miscellany.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Gustave Harrow served as Richard Serra's attorney in his unsuccessful lawsuit to block the Federal Government's removal of his site-specific sculpture Tilted Arc commissioned by the Art-in-Architecture program of the General Services Administration for the Federal Plaza in New York City. A public hearing was held in 1985, and a decision handed down by Dwight Ink of the GSA, establishing a panel to consider alternative sites for the sculpture. In 1986, Serra filed a lawsuit to prevent the GSA from removing Tilted Arc.The lawsuit was dismissed in 1987. Serra filed an appeal in 1988. The sculpture was removed on March 15, 1989.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1997 by the widow of Gustave Harrow, Laurie Harrow.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Public sculpture -- New York (State) -- New York -- Public opinion Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Law and art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Serra, Richard, 1938- -- Trials, litigation, etc Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Serra, Richard, 1938- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. General Services Administration -- Trials, litigation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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