Modern Artifacts 8: The Art of Broadcasting


This latest installment of a regular series copresented with the Museum of Modern Art Archives concerns MoMA’s relationship to television, which the museum’s archivist, Michelle Elliigott, describes in her introduction as “riddled with ambiguity, multiple agendas, and several false starts.” Reproduced here are fascinating documents related to a 1955 episode of Home, a popular NBC daytime show, which featured MoMA director Alfred H. Barr, Jr., explaining the meaning of modern art.

Michelle Elligott is Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Elligott coedited Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of the Museum of Modern Art, cocurated MoMA’s “1969” exhibition, and has published and lectured widely.