Discussion Questions: Robert Colescott’s Colored TV

Robert Colescott, Colored TV, 1977; collection SFMOMA, gift of Vicki and Kent Logan; © Estate of Robert Colescott

  1. What is going on in this work? What do you see that makes you say that?
  2. The title is a play on words. What do you notice about the work’s relationship to its title?
  3. Imagine that a group of teachers doesn’t want students to see this piece—they are saying that there is nothing to learn from looking at it. Make an argument that there is indeed something to learn from looking at this work.

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