Curator’s Perspective: Barbara London

Curator’s Perspective: Barbara London
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
4pm EDT

ICI Online
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Barbara London, one of the most influential curators of new media art, will present on her practice and her latest exhibition, Seeing Sound, traveling internationally with ICI through 2025.       

Seeing Sound challenges ideas about what art in a perpetual state of flux may be, integrating and interrogating sound as a medium through the work of Seth Cluett, Juan Cortés, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Bani Haykal, Yuko Mohri, Marina Rosenfeld, Aura Satz, and Samson Young. Prioritizing ideas over the use of technology, the artists employ analog and digital tools with irony, humor, poetry and a political edge. London will reflect on creating a context that gives sound a visual and physical presence, and how artists have engaged with our changing relationship to sound, especially at a time of recalibration and community building.

Barbara London, a pioneering curator of media art, founded the Video-media Exhibition & Collection Programs at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Her most recent book Video Art/The First Fifty Years (Phaidon) was released in January 2020. Last year, she produced Barbara London Calling, a podcast of individual conversations with pioneering and up-and-coming media artists. Seeing Sound curated by Barbara London will open at KADIST San Francisco this spring.

This program is a part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective public talk series, featuring established curators who present on their work and research to shed light on movements and models that are shaping the curatorial field today.

The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the James Howell Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council.

April 6, 2021


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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