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Dara Birnbaum

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Dara Birnbaum is internationally recognized for her work in video and the arts. She received the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award as well as dual fellowships from Princeton University and special recognition from Harvard University. Her work has been exhibited in Documenta, the Whitney Biennial, the Carnegie International as well as at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Musuem of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Centre Georges Pompidou, among numerous others. Other venues for her work have included broadcast television, MTV, video/music clubs. and public spaces such as Grand Central Station, NYC. She was one of the early video artists to appropriate and deconstruct television imagery. Her work addresses both the ideological and aesthetic character of mass media imagery. In 2003, Daara Birnbaum's work was part of Utopia Station at the 50. Biennale di Venezia, and in group exhibitions at both Kunst-Werke Berlin and MUMOK, Vienna. Additional exhibitions of Birnbaum's work, during 2002 - 2003 include: Photography: Fact to Fiction at Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris; en el lado de la television at the Espai D'Art Contemporani de Castell, Spain; III SIFFACUS Art and Architecture Conference, Barcelona; video zero/communication interferences at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, and within the curated exhibition "Video Cube," at FIAC, Paris. She was a juror of the 2002 Video Kunst-preis, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. Birnbaum is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery, NYC and Paris. Major retrospective exhibitions of her work were presented at the KUNSTHALLE Wien, Austria and the Norrtlje Konsthall, Sweden. Other major exhibitions include: Documenta IX, VIII, and VII; the Carnegie International; the Venice Biennale; the Bienal de Valencia; the Biennial of Seoul "media_city seoul 2000; and the 74th American Exhibition, Chicago (where she received the Norman Wait Harris Prize.) Her work is part of permanent collections at: The Museum of Modern Art, NY: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, S.F.; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium; the Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; amongst many other well known international institutions. International Film and Video Awards include: the American Film Institute's prestigious Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists; Festival International de la Video at des Arts Electroniques, Locarno, TV Picture Prize; Chicago International Film Festival; Videonale, Bonn; the San Sebastian Film Festival; Sdwestfunk Television and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Deutsche Videokunstpreis, Special Jury Prize; the National Endowment for the Arts; amongst others. Teaching positions held by Birnbaum have also been prestigious, including: Heinz und Gisela Friedrich-Stifung, Guest Professor, Stdel-Hochschule fr Bildende Kunst Stdelschule and Institut fr Neue Medien, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Visiting Junior Fellow of the Council of the Humanities and Perkins Junior Fellow in the Program in Visual Arts, Princeton University. Dara Birnbaum has also been awarded a Certificate in Recognition of Service and Contribution to the Arts by Harvard University.