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.

Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Michelle Elligott recently organized Devenir moderne, part of the MoMA exhibition Être moderne at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. She coedited the book Art in Our Time: A Chronicle of the Museum of Modern Art and cocurated MoMA’s 1969 exhibition; her book on Rene d’Harnoncourt will be published this fall.