Though TV is not commonly lauded as a platform for cutting-edge aesthetics, the exhibition “Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television,” curated by art historian Maurice Berger, examines how avant-garde art influenced the look and content of network television—and vice versa—from the 1940s to the mid-1970s. The show brings together TV-inspired work by artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, as well as archival clips in which television imitates art, from the appropriation of Dada and Surrealist imagery in “The Twilight Zone” to the Pop sensibility of “Batman.”
Pictured: Installation view of “Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television”; at the Jewish Museum. © The Jewish Museum, New York. Photo David Heald.
Note: This entry appears in the Museum Previews section of Art in America’s August issue, the 2015 Guide to Museums, Galleries and Artists.