Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman 1978/9
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Groundbreaking video artist Dara Birnbaum was an early and prescient appropriator of television clichés and pop culture icons. In Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, she critiques media representations of women by repurposing footage from the well-known weekly television series, isolating and repeating the character’s signature movements of power transformation. Displaying the lyrics to “Wonder Woman Disco,” released in 1978 by the Wonderland Disco Band, Birnbaum highlights the song’s sexual subtext and lays bare its double entendres.
NTSC Digi-Beta Master, color, stereo sound, 5 minutes 30 seconds
Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler
2009, purchased from the artist by Elizabeth A. Sackler of New York, NY; 2013, gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler to the Brooklyn Museum.
This item is not on view
Dara Birnbaum (American, born 1946). Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman 1978/9. NTSC Digi-Beta Master, color, stereo sound, 5 minutes 30 seconds Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elizabeth A. Sackler, 2013.23. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2013.23_view1_PS4.jpg)
component, 2013.23_view1_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
© Dara Birnbaum
The Brooklyn Museum holds a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of this work of art from the rights holder named here.
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to contact the rights holder for this work, please email email@example.com
and we will assist if we can.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.