[The fine arts in relationship to the popular arts]

Wednesday, October 21, 1953

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Discussion of the WNYC Arts Week and new definition of the popular arts. He notes that the fine arts are supported by patrons and the poverty of those who practice them, the popular arts are supported by the big business and the commodity industry.
Speaks about the popular arts and the revolutionary fact that radio and television are available in the home. He speaks specifically about Amos 'n' Andy as suppliers of entertainment in the home. He speaks of how radio and television have become a natural part of our lives.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70334
Municipal archives id: LT3653

Hosted by:

Gilbert Seldes


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About Lively Arts, The

Legendary critic and author of The Seven Lively Arts Gilbert Seldes discusses big-thinking issues in art and life from his characteristically populist perspective.

Simultaneously a timely and visionary program, Gilbert Seldes's The Lively Arts (1953-1956) examines contemporary issues of 1950s television, radio, and theater, as well as current events and the intellectual arts. Seldes, who was the first Director for Television at CBS News and the founding Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, was also a renowned critic, author, playwright, and editor. As a major social critic and observer, Seldes viewed theater, television, and radio with a prescient eye to the future based on a well-informed understanding of the past. 

These programs feature commentary and discussion on a wide range of topics — from sex and censorship in the movies to progressive education to juvenile delinquency to political campaigning on television — many of which are still hotly debated today. Serving as a precursor to Seldes's television programs and providing an audio context for his seminal books, this show is key to understanding today's cultural commentary.


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