Dara Birnbaum

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Dara Birnbaum

(b. 1946, New York. Lives and works in New York.)

Dara Birnbaum received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and a B.F.A. in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. A retrospective exhibition of her work was organized by S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium (2009) and also traveled to Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2010.) In conjunction with the retrospective, a major monograph on Ms. Birnbaum’s work, “The Dark Matter of Media Light,” was published. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); the Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010); MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2010); Kunsthalle and MuMOK, Vienna (2010); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2009); Modern Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, (2009); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (2009); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1995); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (1991); and the Tate Gallery, London (1985.) She has participated in documenta 7, 8, and 9. Most recently, she has been awarded a Creative Artist Residency at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation (2011) as well as a USA Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Fellow (2010). In addition, she is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards, including a Certificate in Recognition of Service and Contribution to the Arts, Harvard University, 1988; TV Picture Prize, International Festival of Video and Electronic Arts in Locarno, Switzerland (1991); and the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists (1987) and several National Endowment for the Arts, amongst others.


Dara Birnbaum: Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, Fleckenstein Video Gallery, Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan
Dara Birnbaum – Arabesque, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, NewYork
Dara Birnbaum, Museo Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Dara Birnbaum – Retrospective: The Dark Matter of Media Light, S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
Dara Birnbaum: Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York


Ludwig Goes Pop, momuk - museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, Wien, Austria
same same but different, imai – inter media art institute, Dusseldorf, Germany
Taking Pictures, Burlington City Arts, Vermont
The Feminist Avant-Gard of the 1970s, Hamburg Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Strangelove, curated by David Gryn, Central Saint Martins, London
Protest Against Forgetting, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Transmission: Legacies of the Television Age, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
No Meaning, Faircharm Studios, London, United Kingdom
Take it or leave it, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Art Post Internet, Ullens, Beijing
Copie Non Conforme, The Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria
Rewritten by Machine and New Technology, University Art Gallery, Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Indiana State University, Terra Haute, Indiana
TIME::CODE, White Box, New York
The Last Brucennial, Organized by Vito Schnabel and the Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York
Time Pieces, The video art collection of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein at Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Moscow Museum Nights, Artprojx selection of films, Moscow, Russia
Total Art: Contemporary Video, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Five Pioneers, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio
Cut to Swipe, Museum of Modern Art, New York
same same but different, imai – inter media art institute, Dusseldorf, Germany
Women Take Over, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Rhythm in it, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside, The Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
ZERO+, Curated by Jan Frank, White Box, New York
This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Life and Death, Visual Arts Gallery, School of Visual Arts, New York
les 30 ans: 30 expositions – 30 lieux – 30 partenaires, du frac champagne-ardenne, centre d-art contemporain, Troyes, France
Critical Episodes (1957-2011). MACBA Collection, MACBA, Madrid, Spain
Universo video, Kinetic Histories Laboral, Centro de Arte y Creaciόn Industrial, Gijόn
The Geneva Window, The LAB, Dublin
Modern Women: Single Channel, MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, 1973-1992, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY 2010
MACBA: Are you Ready for TV? November 5 2010 - April 25, 2011. Exhibition organized by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and co-produced with the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC)

Dara Birnbaum Exhibitions

Dara Birnbaum
Dara Birnbaum

June 28 - August 26, 2011
New York

30/40 Part I
30/40 Part I

A Selection of Forty Artists from Thirty Years at Marian Goodman Gallery
September 10 - October 13, 2007
New York

Dara Birnbaum
Dara Birnbaum

"Erwartung: Expectancy" (1995/2001)
January 8 - February 9, 2002
New York

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