Barbara Kruger and the Public Domain
Glenn Otis Brown, February 2nd, 2005
Last night Francesca and I went to see the artist Barbara Kruger speak at the San Francisco Art Institute. Kruger is known for, among other things, stark photo-and-text collages that appropriate the language of consumer culture to comment on it.
After the talk, Francesca (our resident art expert) gave Kruger a Creative Commons t-shirt and explained what it is we do.
“Oh, sounds like Lawrence Lessig,” Kruger said.
“He’s our chairman,” Francesca and I said in unison.
“Wow, if you have to have a hero, he’s as good as anyone I can think of,” she said. “Please tell him that I use his book to teach my grad school courses.”
Having endured and prevailed in a copyright litigation (over the image above), Kruger can appreciate the benefits of free culture.