Ara H. Merjian

  • picks November 02, 2007

    “TV Honey”

    Desiree Holman’s fifteen-minute video, The Magic Window, 2006–2007, revisits—and restages—two of the 1980s’ most influential sitcoms: The Cosby Show and Roseanne. On two screens, the Huxtables and Connors are played (or, rather, pastiched) by actors whose loose-fitting masks call attention to the staged nature of their pantomime. This awkwardness, in turn, highlights the contrivances of the original shows themselves. Holman captures the particular “situation” of each comedy: the Huxtables’ spirited and wholesome relationships, the Connors’ loafing and lumbering. But in distilling each series to