Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, a forthcoming project from the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC and its Project Director, Dr. Maurice Berger are the recipient of a 2013 Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $40,000 grant, awarded under the Endowment's America's Historical & Cultural Organizations Grant program, will assist in the planning of an exhibition, book, and website. Revolution of the Eye represents the first collaborative institutional effort between the CADVC and the Jewish Museum in New York, where Dr. Berger holds the title of Consulting Curator. He is Research Professor and Chief Curator at CADVC. The grant will be administered through the Jewish Museum.
This is the third NEH grant awarded to Dr. Berger since 2008 in his capacity as project director at CADVC. An earlier project, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights received planning ($40,000) and Implementation ($400,000) grants from the NEH in 2008 and 2009. Additionally, For All the World to See was selected by the Endowment as the eleventh exhibition of the NEH on the Road initiative. NEH on the Road is designed to create wider national access to the ideas, themes, and stories explored in major grant-funded NEH exhibitions. Under Dr. Berger's direction, the initiative adapted the exhibition in a smaller, lower security version and will travel it to 25 additional venues, mostly smaller and mid-size institutions across the country over a five year period from 2012 to 2017.
About Revolution of the Eye:
"Revolution of the Eye is the first exhibition to comprehensively examine the influence of modern art on television in its formative years, from the late-1940s to the early-1970s. The project looks at the dynamic new visual medium, and the ways its risk-taking and aesthetic experimentation paralleled the cutting-edge nature of modern art. Revolution of the Eye also examines the incisive and sophisticated commentary about television delivered in turn by avant-garde artists who explored and interrogated the new medium and its increasingly powerful role in American culture and society. More than just a compelling and entertaining story, the exhibition, catalog, and website will captivate the mind, eye and ear through a dynamic and bold installation and book and web design inspired by the visual revolution ushered in by American television and modernist art and design of the 1950s and 1960s."