Ed Harris Harris is starring as Jackson Pollock in a new movie about the artist's life. We'll feature an interview from our archives about Pollock. Kirk Varnedoe was the chief curator for a major Jackson Pollock exhibit that ran last year at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Pollock is widely considered the most challenging and influential American painter of the twentieth century and one of the primary creators in modern art since 1945. Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming in 1912. Varnedoe wrote the accompanying book Jackson Pollock.