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Barbara London

Barbara London is a curator, writer and consultant who founded the video exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art, where she worked between 1973 and 2013. During her tenure, she oversaw the acquisition of more than 1000 media art works, including installations, single-channel videotapes, and music videos. Among the over 200 exhibitions she organized include one-person shows featuring early mavericks Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Steina Vasulka, Joan Jonas, Shigeko Kubota, Catalina Parra, Peter Campus, Gary Hill, VALIE EXPORT, Steve McQueen, and Laurie Anderson. She was the first curator in the United States to showcase the work of Asia-based artists Zhang Peili, 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; Music Video: the Industry and Its Fringes; and Soundings: A Contemporary Score. 

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