The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $40,000 in support of the exhibition Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, curated by Maurice Berger, research professor and chief curator of the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC). The exhibition has been co-organized by the CADVC and The Jewish Museum in New York, which will administer the grant funds.
The exhibition, which will open May 1, 2015 at The Jewish Museum before embarking on a national tour, addresses the modernist aesthetic and conceptual principles that have influenced American television from its inception, and examines how early television introduced new trends in art, design, and avant-garde art. The exhibition will include photographs, paintings, sculptures, prints, conceptual art, excerpts of historic TV programs and film, memorabilia, posters, magazines, books, clothing, comic books, and toys by artists such as Herbert Ferber, Lee Friedlander, Allan Kaprow, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Ben Shahn, and Andy Warhol, as well as works by designers Lou Dorfsman and Saul Bass and architect Eero Saarinen. Also on view will be clips of TV interviews with John Cage, Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, George Segal, and others.
The campus community is encouraged to participate in a survey at the exhibition’s website. Click here to share your culture interests and familiarity with television design.