Lee Friedlander’s series “The Little Screens” was an early artistic attempt to document television’s nascent dominance of America.
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As such, it is disconcerting to see the installation of Lee Friedlander’s prescient “The Little Screens” on the wall at Pier 24 in San Francisco, as 50 pictures are featured in “The Grain of the Present,” the current exhibition curated by Pier 24’s director, Christopher McCall. It’s interesting to view “The Little Screens” as the first artistic attempt to document television’s nascent dominance of America. The pictures were first shot in the early ’60s, when “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke” were must-see T.V., and John F. Kennedy was president.