‘Idiot Box’ Is Out To Prove How Important TV Is To American Art

NYC Art Gallery

The poppiest of Pop art has finally arrived — though not for the first time — at Gallery1988. “Idiot Box 2,” the Los Angeles gallery’s second exhibit of that name, once again spotlights art created about TV shows.

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At a time when “flatscreen TV” sounds redundant and prestige TV shows are studied in college seminars, “the idiot box” no longer holds much currency as a pejorative for the television. Most of us have heard it at one point, however, from a stern grandmother who wished we’d just go outside and play, or a snobby hipster roommate who read Baruch Spinoza instead of watching “Seinfeld.”

For Jensen Karp, the co-owner and curator of Gallery1988, the grumbler was his third-grade teacher. “She’d yell at us if we didn’t do our homework, accusing us of watching ‘the idiot box’ all night,” he told The Huffington Post…

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