The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, 50 Artists invites local artists and creative professionals to share how icons of modern and contemporary art matter to them. This week, SFMOMA’s own Tanya Zimbardo discusses the development of her exhibition Runa Islam: Verso and how the English artist approaches film through the lens of institutional and personal archives.
Zimbardo is the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA. She is involved with all media arts collection and exhibition activity at the museum. Zimbardo is currently curating the solo exhibitions Runa Islam: Verso (2016) and New Work: Kerry Tribe (2017), and co-curating Nam June Paik: In Character (2017) and Soundtracks (2017). Zimbardo has organized and co-organized contemporary art exhibitions and select screening programs at the museum including The More Things Change and The Studio Sessions. She co-edited the book Fifty Years of Bay Area Art: The SECA Awards (2011) and co-organized the related exhibition survey and film series along with the past two iterations of SFMOMA’s biennial SECA Art Award exhibition (on view in 2011 and 2013). Zimbardo has contributed texts on the history of experimental media, conceptual art, and performance to several publications including SFMOMA’s Open Space.