Lesson Plans
(To Keep the Revolution Alive)
May Day(s) 77 / 5 shots At It

May 7 – 14, 1977

Invitation from Lesson Plans (To Keep the Revolution Alive) . May Day(s) 77 / 5 shots At It, Artists Space, 1977

Dara Birnbaum
Installation view from Lesson Plans (To Keep the Revolution Alive) May Day(s) 77 / 5 shots At It
Artists Space, 1977

Excerpt form The Pictures Generation, 1974 — 1984,
by Douglas Eklund. Published in 2009 by Yale University Press
and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Birnbaum's exhibitions at Franklin Furnace and Artists Space in the late 1970s were complexly plotted agglomerations of video stills and clips and photographs made directly from the television screen, through which she looked under the hood of wildly popular sitcoms such as Laverne & Shirley (and other genres, such as game shows, crime dramas and the like). What she extracted from the normally invisible lexicon of reverse angles and two-shots was a more complex tale of competitions in relationships in the wake of the sexual revolution and disintegration of the nuclear family.

Dara Birnbaum
Installation view from Lesson Plans (To Keep the Revolution Alive) May Day(s) 77 / 5 shots At It
Artists Space, 1977