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Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper II


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Rockefeller Artists in Television
Rear Bumper II
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Series Description

The "Rockefeller Artists-in-Television" residency program was created to support artists working in television. It was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation from 1967 through 1970. It was replaced by "The WGBH Project for New Television." While some of the Rockefeller artists, such as Nam June Paik, were already very committed to the medium of video, others were coming to the medium for the first time or from a film background. Paik developed the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, with Shuya Abe, while working as a Rockefeller artist (though additional funding for the synthesizer's construction was provided by WGBH). The device was used to generate special effects and color enhancements. Artists supported by this program included: Mary Feldhaus-Weber, Marie Cosindas, Lee Lockwood, Stan Vanderbeek, David Wheeler, Nam June Paik, Zone, Newton Wayland, Shoshana Dubiner, Theo Wolfe, Dick Bartlett, Tim Mayer, The Propositions, Tim Hunter, David Silver, and Jean Shepherd. Many of these artists worked collaboratively to create one or more works. Series release date: 1967

Program Description

Segment I: (RT: 7:36) Jean Shepherd, alone in a car, alone in a drive-in theater, opines on the significance of the drive-in to American culture; Segment II: (RT: 11:52) Jean Shepherd visits an empty Fenway Park and recalls childhood baseball memories; Segment III: (RT: 17:29) Jean Shepherd homage to “Slob Food” ; Segment IV: (RT: 8:18) “Where’s Jean (Shepherd)” B/W; Segment V: (RT: 4:00) Jean Shepherd narrates about, and over, footage of Fort Washington in Cambridge, MA, the last remaining Revolutionary Fort in the area; Segment VI: (RT: 4:53) shorter version of mos footage of four individuals smoking, reading, eating, and drinking (only two people are seen in this clip). All clips are in color with the exception of the “Where’s Jean “ segment. 1969.



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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper II,” 10/14/1969, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 26, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6338963E10A1416980F66E284D59BF8A.
MLA: “Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper II.” 10/14/1969. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 26, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6338963E10A1416980F66E284D59BF8A>.
APA: Rockefeller Artists in Television; Rear Bumper II. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_6338963E10A1416980F66E284D59BF8A
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