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Barbara London, Critic
Barbara London, curator and writer. Barbara London received a B.A. from Hiram College in 1968 and an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Art, NYU in 1972. She founded the video exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she was curator between 1973 and 2013. The exhibitions she organized include one-person shows featuring early mavericks Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Peter Campus, Gary Hill, VALIE EXPORT, and Laurie Anderson. She was the first curator in the United States to showcase the work of Asian artists Song Dong, Teiji Furuhashi, Feng Mengbo, and Yang Fudong. Her thematic projects have included Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto; New Video from China; Anime!, Stillness (Michael Snow and Sam Taylor-Wood), Automatic Update; Looking at Music, parts 1-3; Through the Weeping Glass: On Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum) with the Quay Brothers; and most recently, Soundings: A Contemporary Score at MoMA. Ms. London was the first to integrate the Internet as part of curatorial practice. The projects where she put daily dispatches on-line include Stir-fry (1994); Internyet (1998); and dot.jp (http://www.moma.org/dotjp/) (1999.) Her teaching includes NYU Department of Film, Graduate Computer Department, SVA, and Yale Graduate Department of Fine Art. Ms. London’s writings have appeared in a range of catalogs and publications, including ArtForum, Yishu, Leonardo, Art Asia Pacific, Art in America, Modern Painter, and Image Forum. She received a Gertrude Contemporary Residency, Melbourne, 2012; and a Dora Maar House Residency, Menerbes, 2010. Through a CEC Artslink award (summer 2003) she investigated media art in Warsaw, Krakow, and Gedansk. She received a Japanese government Bunkacho Fellowship (winter 1992-93) and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (winter 1988-89) to further professional development and investigate new trends in electronic technologies and the effects on the creation and distribution of the arts in Japan. Ms. London was appointed critic at Yale in 2013.
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