"From Receiver To Remote Control: The TV Set"
September 12 - November 25 1990
Conceived by artist Matthew Geller and developed under the initiative of the The New Museum's curator, the late Bill Olander, From Receiver to Remote Control is an unusual exhibition in that it does not consist of art objects, but presents the television set—that ubiquitous object in the American home—in its past, present and future manifestations. Exploring the impact that television's physical presence has had on the American home, family, leisure time and community, this exhibition is devoted to a crucial aspect of contemporary culture. Moving outside a strict definition of the 'fine arts,' the exhibition addresses the symbiotic relationship of so-called 'high' art and 'popular' culture.
The exhibition, From Receiver to Remote Control: The TV Set offers the first comprehensive study of the TV set. There is a vast body of published writing and research on television, but almost all of it focuses on programming, technology, economics, or the history of the television industry. The box itself has largely been overlooked. In one sense, this project takes the TV set’s point of view: it looks at itself, it looks at the living room, and it looks at the people watching it.
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York