The San Francisco Bay Area is known for a diverse range of artist-run projects and artist-centered organizations, a vital legacy that continues today. Tanya Zimbardo gathers key leaders in the contemporary art scene — Jackie Im, Conrad Meyers, and Dorothy R. Santos. They have each contributed to the display of and dialogue around time-based media art through their curatorial work, including co-founding spaces or initiatives and hosting conversations. This panel will explore various curatorial perspectives on supporting video art and digital media, from producing solo project shows and group festivals to integrating time-based work within cross-media presentations.
Tanya Zimbardo is a San Francisco-based curator. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, she has curated Future Histories: Theater Gates and Cauleen Smith (through May 23, 2020) and solo exhibitions of work by contemporary artists Pat O'Neill, Jim Campbell, Kerry Tribe, and Runa Islam. She co-curated Nothing Stable under Heaven, Soundtracks, and Nam June Paik: In Character, among others. Zimbardo has curated select film and video screening programs at the museum, independently, and for organizations such as San Francisco Cinematheque and McEvoy Foundation for the Arts. Zimbardo has guest (co-)curated exhibitions and related public programs at Mills College Art Museum; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art; The 500 Capp Street Foundation, Berkeley Art Center, among other nonprofit arts spaces. Zimbardo and Diego Villalobos launched the online series In Process (inprocessprojects.com) in October 2020.
Zimbardo’s research, writing and guest curatorial projects are primarily centered on the history of exhibitions and site-responsive works since the 1960s, conceptual art, performance, experimental media, photography, social practice, and expanded ceramics.