apexart :: Public Program :: Taking Television Seriously

Taking Television Seriously
with David Bianculli and Robert Thompson

In conjunction with the exhibition
Bianculli’s Personal Theory
of TV Evolution

organized by David Bianculli

Wednesday, December 10
7 pm

Join apexart for a talk with two of TV's foremost critics!

NPR’s Fresh Air TV critic, David Bianculli, and founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, Bob Thompson, were some of the first advocates of “taking television seriously.” With an increasing number of critically acclaimed shows with internationally celebrated actors like Showtime’s Knick, HBO’s True Detective, and even web-based series like Amazon’s Transparent, it seems like the world is finally catching up with them.

Bianculli and Thompson will discuss what’s changed since they first started teaching classes on TV to college students, why these changes have occurred, and where they see this ubiquitous medium heading in the future.

David Bianculli has been the TV critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, where he also appears as occasional guest host, since 1987. He is editor and founder of the website TV Worth Watching, and author of Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,’ Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously, and Dictionary of Teleliteracy. He now teaches TV and film as a tenured associate professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.

Robert Thompson is Founding Director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and a Trustee Professor of Television and Popular Culture. He was a visiting professor for six summers at Cornell University and served for nine years as professor and director of the N.H.S.I. Television and Film Institute at Northwestern University.

Please join us for this free apexart event.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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