New York City, NY
The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends considers prejudicial depictions of Jewish identity across a range of historic and contemporary television media — from the satire and humor of situation comedy, to the gravity of dramas that dissect the origins, motivations, and consequences of anti-Semitism.
The curatorial investigation highlights how television and pop culture have explored the subject of anti-Semitism with considerable artistry and sophistication. “Television has served as a powerful artistic venue for exploring prejudice in its myriad forms,” observes curator Maurice Berger. “The medium’s handling of anti-Semitism been surprisingly broad and diverse. While television’s interest in the subject swelled in the decades following World War II and the Holocaust, the medium continues to tackle the question of prejudice against Jews.”
At the centerpiece of The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends is a compilation video comprised of television clips from programs such as All in the Family, Downton Abbey, Gunsmoke, LA Law, Little House on the Prairie, Mad Men, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Skokie. The exhibition also includes objects or works of art that reject or are infused with the history of anti-Semitism in the United States.
Exhibition overview from the Jewish Museum website