Miller ICA, CMU
SEPT 23-25, 12-6pm
Order a signed and dedicated copy of Dara Birnbaum: Reaction during your visit to the Miller ICA from September 23-25th.
Show your current CMU student ID and get a free 58th Carnegie International catalog and guide while supplies last.
Plan your visit to take in the experience of Dara Birnbaum's new commission during the opening weekend of the 58th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
The new commission features digitized 16mm family footage taken by Birnbaum's father in the earliest years of her life. “At my age of 75, there is the strong desire to review and bring to the viewer an understanding of growing up in this ‘shadow’ of WWII, the period when the American Dream was weaponized by the United States, after emerging ‘victorious’ from this world war,” she writes. In this politically polarized moment in America, Birnbaum turns her gaze toward the origins of her own life and the genesis of the powerful national narrative that eventually shaped today’s fractured American consciousness.
This commission is a part of the exhibition Dara Birnbaum: Journey, a survey of Dara Birnbaum’s influential practice. This exhibition reviews the trajectory of Birnbaum’s penetrative interrogations of mass media during a period of time when technological transformations enabled seismic shifts in the mass consumption of information and entertainment.
The book, Dara Birnbaum: Reaction, was made in partnership with Dancing Foxes Press and CCS Bard. It includes original scholarship by leading critics and curators of moving image and media art and benefited greatly from the artist’s contribution and vision. This book examines Birnbaum’s key works and concepts to illustrate how much her practice has to teach in a technology and media-laden culture that demands constant participation and response.
Editors: Lauren Cornell, Elizabeth Chodos, Karen Kelly, Barbara Schroeder. Contributors: Erika Balsom, Giampaolo Bianconi, Jordan Carter, Elizabeth Chodos, Lauren Cornell, Alex Kitnick, Legacy Russell.