Bright Signals: A History of Color Television
Where: 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
212-415-5500 Price: $29
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Susan Murray traces four decades of technological, cultural and aesthetic debates about the possibility, use and meaning of color television within the broader history of 20th-century visual culture in her new book, Bright Signals: A History of Color Television.
First demonstrated in 1928, color television remained little more than a novelty for decades as the industry struggled with the considerable technical, regulatory, commercial and cultural complications posed by the medium. Come learn how color television disrupted and reframed the very idea of television while simultaneously revealing the tensions between technology, consumerism, human sight and the natural world.