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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Daria Martin

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Daria Martin, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

This gallery is dedicated to the works of American artist and filmmaker, Daria Martin. Housed herein is a single work by the artist. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss it!

1. Birds, 2001, by Daria Martin

image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Tate Modern displays artworks by important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. It focuses on Modern, Post-war and Contemporary Art.
  • Daria Martin holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA in art from UCLA. She works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance and film.
  • Her film work is predominantly shot in 16mm.
  • Her works have been showcased in and collected by major galleries and museums worldwide. These include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. And the New Museum.
  • Martin is represented by Maureen Paley in London.
  • The artwork presented here is one in a trilogy of films by Daria Martin. This particular video, the second in the series, lasts 7 minutes and 20 seconds. It shows five dancers performing, wearing all white.
  • The film was purchased by Tate Modern in 2007.

A Final Thought :

Tate Modern provides an interesting experience in viewing art. It does not limit itself – as some museums do – to traditional media and forms of art. Acceptance of the digital media (film and photography) as forms of high art did not come easily. At the onset, most cultural institutions rejected these for being ‘too easy’, ‘too doctored’, ‘not good enough’. But here, we experience film at its artistic best.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.

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