Alison O’Daniel, Still from The Tuba Thieves (Scenes 5, 6, 60: Hearing 4’33”), 2015.

Alison O’Daniel, Still from The Tuba Thieves (Scenes 5, 6, 60: Hearing 4’33”), 2015. Written, directed, edited by Alison O’Daniel. Cinematography by Meena Singh. Courtesy of the artist.

Talks & Panels

Artist Talk: Alison O’Daniel in Conversation with Tanya Zimbardo

Visual artist Alison O’Daniel and guest curator Tanya Zimbardo discuss her ongoing series The Tuba Thieves and its exploration of living with missing sounds and words.

The Tuba Thieves is both a feature-length film in progress that Alison O’Daniel has been shooting and an expanding project of mixed-media installations, sculptures, and performances through which O’Daniel invites audiences and collaborators “to navigate, de-construct and re-imagine sound.” The Los Angeles-based artist, who is hard of hearing, collaborates with hearing, Deaf and Hard of Hearing composers, musicians, performers, and athletes in her work across mediums. Curator Tanya Zimbardo joins O’Daniel to discuss her unfolding project The Tuba Thieves (2013–ongoing), including the process of reimagining through film the punk show for the closing party of the Deaf Club in San Francisco in 1979.

Alison O’Daniel: The Tuba Thieves is on view daily in MFA’s Screening Room in conjunction with the exhibition What is an edition, anyway? which explores the traditions, conditions, and inventive expressions of the contemporary artist’s multiple. The program repeats approximately every half hour.

This Artist Talk is offered with sign language interpretation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Alison O’Daniel (b. 1979) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles working across sound, narrative, sculpture, installation and performance. Her projects, screenings, and performances have been included in Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum; The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Solo exhibitions include Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France, among others. She is a recent recipient of a 2019 Creative Capital Award. O’Daniel received her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and MFA from University of California, Irvine. She will join the faculty of the California College of the Arts this fall.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Tanya Zimbardo is a San Francisco-based curator. As the assistant curator of media arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, she has curated solo exhibitions of work by Pat O’Neill, Jim Campbell, Kerry Tribe, Runa Islam, and co-curated Nothing Stable under Heaven and Soundtracks, among others. Zimbardo has guest curated projects at Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations including the 500 Capp Street Foundation, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Mills College Art Museum, and San Francisco Cinematheque. Zimbardo has contributed to publications such as Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) Journal and INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media.