Barbara London

Barbara London is a New York-based curator and writer, who founded the Video-media Exhibition & Collection Programs at The Museum of Modern Art. Her book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon) was released in January 2020. London was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice, with Stir-fry (1994); Internyet (1998); and (1999.) and organized one-person shows with such media mavericks as Laurie Anderson, Peter Campus, Teiji Furuhashi, Gary Hill, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Nam June Paik, Song Dong, Steina Vasulka, Bill Viola, and Zhang Peili. Her thematic exhibitions at MoMA included Soundings: A Contemporary Score (2013); Looking at Music (2009); Video Spaces (1995); Music Video: the Industry and Its Fringes (1985); and Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto (1979).

London teaches in the Sound Art Department, Columbia University, and previously taught in the Graduate Art Department, Yale, 2014-2019. Her honors include: Getty Research Institute scholar, 2016; the Courage Award, Eyebeam, 2016; Gertrude Contemporary Residency, Melbourne, 2012; Dora Maar House Residency, Menerbes, 2010; a CEC Artslink award in Poland, 2003; a Japanese government Bunkacho Fellowship, 1992-93; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1988-89.

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Seeing Sound virtual tour with Barbara London

Join Barbara London on Instagram Live for a tour of Seeing Sound at KADIST San Francisco!

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Consider the Drone, Barbara London and Aura Satz in Conversation

Join Seeing Sound curator Barbara London in conversation with artist Aura Satz.

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Watch Now! Curator’s Perspective: Barbara London

Watch Now! ICI’s Curators Perspective with Barbara London

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Seeing Sound curator Barbara London calls pioneering and up-and-coming media artists in her new podcast series.

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192 BOOKS: Barbara London in conversation with Paul Pfeiffer

Please join us at 192 BOOKS for a conversation between Barbara London and Paul Pfeiffer on the past, present, and future of Video and related arts.

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The New Yorker: A Pioneering Video-Art Curator Chronicles the Medium in Video/Art

Few guides are more qualified to lead readers through the rapid rise of the once renegade art form, which is now so ubiquitous that screens and paintings share walls in museums—London was the very first curator to introduce video to the Museum of Modern Art, where she championed tech-based experiments for forty-three years.

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ARTnews: Curator Barbara London Charts Video Art’s Rise as One of Today’s Dominant Mediums

No history of video art is as comprehensive and essential as the new Video/Art: The First Fifty Years by Barbara London, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York who has watched the medium evolve over the past half-century, almost from its very beginnings.

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An Evening With Barbara London

Join Seeing Sound curator Barbara London in celebrating the release of her book Video/Art: The First Fifty Years on Monday, January 20 at MoMA, New York.

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Seeing Sound

Seeing Sound is an expansive exhibition that explores the current trajectory of sound as a dynamic branch of contemporary art practice, curated by Barbara London.

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