TV Museum

Contemporary Art and the Age of Television

Maeve Connolly

TV Museum

Maeve Connolly

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

340 pages | 80 color plates | 7 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9781783201815 Published May 2014
TV Museum takes as its subject the complex and shifting relationship between television and contemporary art. Informed by theories and histories of art and media since the 1950s, this book charts the changing status of television as cultural form, object of critique, and site of artistic invention. Through close readings of artworks, exhibitions, and institutional practices in diverse cultural and political contexts, Connolly demonstrates television’s continued importance for contemporary artists and curators seeking to question the formation and future of the public sphere. Paying particular attention to developments since the early 2000s, TV Museum  includes chapters on exhibiting television as object; soaps, sitcoms, and symbolic value in art and television;  reality TV and the social turn in art; TV archives, memory, and media events; broadcasting and the public realm; TV talk shows and curatorial practice; art workers and TV production cultures.

Lavishly illustrated and with in-depth discussion of over fifty canonical and contemporary artworks, TV Museum offers a new approach to the analysis of television’s place within contemporary art and culture.


Introduction: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television

1. Sets, Screens and Social Spaces: Exhibiting Television

2. Quality Television and Contemporary Art: Soaps, Sitcoms and Symbolic Value

3. Reality TV, Delegated Performance and the Social Turn

4. European Television Archives, Collective Memories and Contemporary Art

5. Monuments to Broadcasting: Television and Art in the Public Domain

6. Talk Shows: Art Institutions and the Discourse of Publicness

7. Production on Display: Television, Labour and Contemporary Art

Conclusion: Contemporary Art After Television




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