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A fascinating new exhibition at the Upper East Side's Jewish Museum entitled Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television delves into a new, under-explored area of television's vast and multitudinous history: the important influence of the avant-garde art world on television's formative years from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s.
Revolution of the Eye highlights work from seminal modernists and essential graphic designers who were ushered in during the dawn of television, including Saul Bass, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, and Andy Warhol, in addition to showcasing rare memorabilia, classic clips, and other TV artifacts from iconic early programs like Batman, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Twilight Zone in this wide-ranging exploration of the avant-garde's subtle yet striking infiltration into the American television landscape.
The exhibition runs at The Jewish Museum on Fifth Avenue until September 27th and is 100% free on Saturdays! Whether you pine for television's Golden Age or have no idea who Ernie Kovacs is, go and experience this visual revolution first-hand.