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

Harrow, Gustave
Lawyer
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 4.4 linear ft.

Collection 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".

Biographical/Historical 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.

Donated 1997 by the widow of Gustave Harrow, Laurie Harrow.

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