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ATC Revisited: Tanya Zimbardo

07 Mar, 2017

ATC Revisited: Tanya Zimbardo

On Monday, March 6 at 6:30 pm in the Barbo Osher Auditorium, ATC speaker Tanya Zimbardo discussed the resurgence of interest in the pioneering individual and collaborative work of artists Otto Piene (1928-2014) and Aldo Tambellini (b.1930). 50 years ago they co-founded the Black Gate theater for “electromedia” in New York. 1967 also marked the initiation of several key art and technology programs including MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies where both artists would become fellows and Piene served as director from 1974 to 1994. Her talk encompassed a range of historical and contemporary approaches to immersive and public installations, expanded cinema, and kinetic light sculpture.

Zimbardo then spoke to artists' interest in physics, particularly the possibilities of kinetic movement in art. She drew on examples, some of which are on view at SFMOMA, that experimented with different expressions of space.

Tanya Zimbardo is a contemporary art curator based in San Francisco. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Zimbardo is currently curating the exhibitions Runa Islam: Verso and New Work: Kerry Tribe and co-curating Nam June Paik and Soundtracks. Zimbardo has organized and co-organized exhibitions and select screening programs at SFMOMA. Current and recent guest curatorial projects in the Bay Area include Organic Logic, 500 Capp Street; Equilibrium: A Paul Kos Survey, di Rosa; Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s-Now, Mills College Art Museum; and Versions: Kristin Lucas and Judy Malloy, Krowswork. Zimbardo has guest organized screenings at Artists’ Television Access, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts; University of California, Berkeley, and for SF Cinematheque. Her recent projects and writing are primarily centered on the history of exhibitions and site-specific works associated with experimental media, performance, conceptual art, and online projects. Zimbardo is participating in the 2017 researcher-in-residence program at Signal Culture, New York.

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