Thursday, September 21, 2023

Copyright and The Pictures Generation: A Conversation with Nate Harrison

Contemporary art has been — at least since Pop Art — plagued with a legal burden. Warhol, Lichtenstein, Koons, Murakami, Prince, are but a few artists who have faced threats of litigation or actual lawsuits. It is believed by some that the Pictures Generation absorbed post-structural theories surrounding the death of the author while helping to propel certain post-modern theories.

In this new guest lecturer series, The Gray Chair, artist and writer Nate Harrison will expound on his recent art&education essay, The Pictures Generation, the Copyright Act of 1976, and the Reassertion of Authorship in Postmodernity, and discuss his reassessment of postmodernism and the “author function” by reading the Pictures Generation through the lens of the then newly-codified Copyright Act of 1976. It is Harrison’s contention that perhaps — to the surprise and chagrin of some — the Pictures Generation avant-garde managed to achieve the opposite of what has been historically argued: that in fact the Pictures Generation reinstated the author function rather than eviscerate it.


Sunday, September 23, 2012


The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento
1027 Grand Street, 3rd Fl, Suite 16
Brooklyn, NY 11211

RSVP: Seating is limited. Please rsvp to : sms|at| by September 21, 2012. There is a $5 suggested admission fee at the door. You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation.

Nate Harrison is an artist and writer working at the intersection of intellectual property, cultural production and the formation of creative processes in modern media. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou and the Kunstverein in Hamburg, among others. Harrison has also lectured at a variety of institutions, including Experience Music Project, Seattle, and SOMA Summer, Mexico City.

Harrison is currently a doctoral candidate, Art and Media History, Theory and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego.  He obtained his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and was also an artist-in-residence in the VLA Art&Law Residency Program (’10) as well as the Whitney Independent Study Program. Currently, Harrison serves on the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About The Gray Chair. In this ongoing monthly series, The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento invites a guest speaker to present her/his ideas, research and work to a small audience. In this intimate setting, attendees will be introduced to established and up and coming scholars, artists, and critics who are working in the intersection of art, law, and culture.


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