Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Dara Birnbaum's provocative video works are among the most influential and innovative contributions to the contemporary discourse on art, television and media. In her videotapes and multi-media installations, Birnbaum applies both low-end and high-end video technology to subvert, critique or deconstruct the power of mass media images and gestures to define mythologies of culture, history and memory. Through a dynamic televisual language of images, music and text, she exposes the media's embedded ideological meanings and posits video as a means of giving voice to the individual. Her work has been exhibited at: Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, S.F., Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contempoary Art, Chicago; Museu Serralves, Porto; Reina Sofia, Madrid; Kunsthalle, Vienna; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MUMOK, Vienna; MACBA, Barcelona; amongst numerous other internationally renown institutions. She has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards, among others: the TV Picture Prize, International Festival of Video and Electronic Arts in Locarno, Switzerland; Certificate in Recognition of Service and Contribution to the Arts, Harvard University; and the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award for Independent Film and Video Artists. Ms. Birnbaum is represented by the Marian Goodman Gallery, NY / Paris / London.