Barbara London

Barbara London is an American curator, writer, and sound art advocate best known for founding the video collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). London founded the museum's video collection with works by Nam June Paik, Laurie Anderson, and Lynda Benglis. London studied at Hiram College, graduating with a BA in 1968, and then studied Islamic art at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, receiving an MA in 1972. She joined the staff at MoMa in 1970 as a program assistant, was a curatorial assistant from 1974 to 1977, and became assistant curator of video in 1977. She curated many major exhibitions at MoMA, show casing Chinese and Japanese artists. In 1997, London created Stir-Fry, a multimedia site that mapped emerging Chinese media. Then in 2001, London produced MoMA's first website art commission, Tony Oursler’s Timestream. After over four decades at MoMA, London retired from her position as an Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art in 2013. She is the editor of Soundings: A Contemporary Score.