Cinema Scholars Series Presents: Lynn Spigel

Feb 2, 2015, 2:30 pm

Cinema Scholars Series Presents Lynn SpigelCinema Studies and the School of Journalism & Communication/Media Studies Present:

TV Snapshots:  An Archive of Everyday Life

A public lecture by Lynn Spigel

Francis E. Willard Professor of Screen Cultures
Northwestern University

Monday, February 2, 2015
2:30 pm Reception
3:00 pm Lecture
Gerlinger Lounge -- Free

Please join us for a reception with Lynn Spigel at 2:30 pm, followed by the lecture at 3 pm.  Light refreshments will be served before and after the event.

TV Snapshots:  An Archive of Everyday Life

"This talk explores my new collection of over 5000 family snapshots depicting people posing in front of their TV sets in the 1950s and 1960s. I consider how snapshot cameras functioned as an appendage  technology for television at the time when TV first came into US  homes. Snapshots were a “thing to do” with TV beyond TV’s more  obvious function as a spectator medium. These snapshots provide visual  evidence of the social life into which TV inserted itself. They show  us how people arranged their rooms for television and how they used it  as an object of display. But, most importantly, they show us how  people used TV as a backdrop for social performances of family life  and social identifies of gender, class, and race. In addition to  considering these photos as a new form of visual evidence for the  social practices surrounding TV’s innovation, I also explore their  status as forms of “analog nostalgia” by considering why they have  reappeared as valuable collectibles on the vintage market and online  websites today." Lynn SpigelSpigel, the Francis E. Willard Professor of Screen Cultures at Northwestern University, is the author of TV By Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television; Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs; and Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America. She has co-edited volumes including The Revolution Wasn’t Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict; Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader; and Television After TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition.