Seeing America – topic: The Cold War media and popular culture










Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, fifty-one channel video installation (including one closed-circuit television feed), custom electronics, neon lighting, steel and wood; color, sound, approx. 15 x 40 x 4' (Smithsonian American Art Museum) (© Nam June Paik Estate)
The “father of video art” argued that electronic communication, not transportation, unites the modern world.

Television nation




Ruth Asawa, Untitled, c. 1958, iron wire, 219.7 × 81.3 × 81.3 cm Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Asawa was interned in World War II, but we must be careful about interpreting her artworks as related to that trauma.

From wire to weightlessness