Dara Birnbaum: The Soul Train

Dara Birnbaum

The Soul Train is the third in MAG’s “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions informed by the history, culture, and politics of the City of Rochester, New York.

Learn more about the “Reflections on Place” project at MAG.

The “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions by the Memorial Art Gallery is presented by the Zell Family, and Deborah Ronnen and Sherman Levey.


Dara Birnbaum: The Soul Train was commissioned and acquired by the Memorial Art Gallery with generous support from the Rubens Family Foundation, the Maurice and Maxine Forman Fund, and the Marion Stratton Gould Fund. The project was also supported by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris/London.

Geva Theatre Partnership

Son House at Geva

Take advantage of MAG Member Nights at Geva Theatre. On May 5, 2019 and again on May 12th, MAG members will receive 25% off their ticket price for the World Premiere of Revival: The Resurrection of Son House. Check the Geva website for details.
The show will run from May 1–June 2, 2019.

About Dara Birnbaum
Dara Birnbaum (b. 1946, New York City; lives and works in New York City) received her architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, being the only woman to graduate in her class. In the early 1970s she practiced architecture and urban planning with the highly recognized firm of Lawrence Halprin & Associates, San Francisco. Birnbaum’s legendary and now canonical Technology/ Transformation: Wonder Woman from 1978–79 is, according to the non-profit media arts organization Electronic Arts Intermix, “an incendiary deconstruction of the ideology embedded in television form and pop cultural iconography.” Birnbaum has, for 40 years, exhibited internationally. Currently, her work is being exhibited in the group show Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980 at the Met Breuer, NYC. She was also featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s The Pictures Generation, 1974–1989. Birnbaum’s work was exhibited in Documenta 7, 8 and 9, a vast number of Venice Biennales, and many other prominent international exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Reina Sofia, Madrid; S.M.A.K., Ghent, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, among numerous other international institutions.

Among the many awards and recognitions received by Birnbaum are: The Maya Deren Award, presented by the American Film Institute; a certificate of recognition for service in the field presented by Derek Bok, former President of Harvard University, and the creation of the “Birnbaum Award,” named in her honor, as established in 2016 by Carnegie Mellon University.