Pour le Peuple Documentary Screening
November 1, 2023
Pour le Peuple (2022), which translates from French to “For the People,” is a 56-minute essay film that retraces the controversial history of one of modern art’s most iconic public sculptures, Alexander Calder’s La Grande Vitesse, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The film was created by Nate Harrison, filmmaker and Professor of Practice in Media Arts at Tufts University. The film explores the politics of the sculpture’s ownership, control, polarizing community response, and the essential role citizens and community play in public art.
As a partnership between The Hauenstein Center’s Common Ground Initiative and GVSU Art Gallery, we held a public viewing of Pour le Peuple followed by conversation and Q&A with director, Nate Harrison.
Nate Harrison, Documentarian
Nate Harrison is an artist and writer working at the intersection of intellectual property law, cultural production, and the formation of creative processes in modern media. His work has been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Kunstverein in Hamburg, among others. Nate has also lectured at a variety of institutions, including Experience Music Project, Seattle, the Art and Law Program, New York and SOMA, Mexico City. He is the recipient of the Videonale Prize as well as the Hannah Arendt Prize in Critical Theory and Creative Research. Nate earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, and a doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. Nate serves as Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of the Practice in Media Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.