Naked talk-show hosts, surprise celebrity guests, smut peddlers, extreme political activists, and church choirs are just some of the enticing promises from TV Party: A Panorama of Public Access Television in New York City, the latest exhibit at the newly reopened Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. The wild and free New York that once was is typified through the eyes of public-access television, which is being celebrated with a 10-day span of four decades of film screenings, all free with museum admission. This was TV uncensored and uncontrolled—a new medium declared an “electronic democracy,” which, fittingly, happened to have some of the most theatrically outrageous performances and stunts on television. The series kicks things off with a special live reunion show, consisting of a screening coupled with appearances by public-access personalities from shows you may remember such as The Scott and Gary Show (where the Beastie Boys performed in 1984) and Wild Record Collection.
Fri., Feb. 11, 7 p.m., 2011