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NYU’s Center for Media, Culture, and History Hosts "Grasssroots Video Activism in NYC, 1970-1980"


Thursday, Dec 22, 2005, New York University’s Center for Media, Culture, and History will host “Raw Television: Grassroots Video Activism in New York City, 1970-1980,” on Fri., Jan. 27, 4-6 p.m. at NYU’s Einstein Auditorium at 34 Stuyvesant Street (at 3rd Ave. and 9th St.). Political activism in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s inspired an electronic media revolution, as artists pioneered new community-based TV and explored innovative ways of making a documentary. This panel will explore the roots and evolution of this home-grown local media.

Panelists will include the following: George Stoney, the Paulette Goddard Professor in Film and Television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; artist and video pioneer Jaime Davidovich; video historian Deirdre Boyle of the New School; and filmmaker Julie Gustafson. The session will be moderated by NYU’s Barbara Abrash, director of public programs at the Center for Media, Culture, and History (CMCH).

The event, free and open to the public, has been organized in conjunction with Grey Art Gallery’s exhibition, “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984,” which opens Jan. 10 and is on view through Apr. 1. “Raw Television” is organized by NYU’s CMCH and its Center for Religion and Media and co-sponsored by NYU-TV, NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions, NYU’s Fales Library, and Grey Art Gallery. For more information about the Jan. 27 panel, the public may call 212.998.7608.

For more information about “The Downtown Show,” the public may call 212.998.6780 or e-mail Program listings are available at

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