Dara Birnbaum was born in 1946 in New York, where she continues to live and work. Birnbaum received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Certificate in Video and Electronic Editing at the Global Village, the Video Study Center at the New School for Social Research, New York. Dara Birnbaum’s pioneering video, media, and installation work has addressed the ideological and aesthetic character of mass media imagery over the past five decades and has been considered fundamental to our understanding of the history of media art.