Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University
Join us for a book signing with the artist that coincides with the premiere of her new commission during the opening weekend of the 58th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art. This occasion will be held on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, as a special way to welcome the start of the Jewish New Year.
For the new commission, Birnbaum works with digitized 16 mm family footage taken by her father in the earliest years of her life. Birnbaum writes about the commission, “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.” 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 has helped shape a fractured American consciousness.
This commission is a part of the exhibition Dara Birnbaum: Journey, a major 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.