Zoe Beloff grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland where she got her undergraduate degree in painting and drawing. In 1980 she moved to New York to study at Columbia University where she received an MFA in Filmmaking. Her projects often involve a range of media including films, drawings, and archival documents organized around a theme. They include proposals for new forms of community, like The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and its Circle 1926 – 1972 and The Days of the Commune; projects that explore relationships between labor, technology, and mental states like The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff and Emotions go to Work; as well as the exploration of the origins of cinema from a feminist perspective in Charming Augustine and Shadowland or Light from the Other Side.
Zoe’s work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings. Venues include the Whitney Museum Biennales 1997 and 2002, MoMA, Site Santa Fe, the M HKA museum in Antwerp, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. However, she particularly enjoys working in alternative venues that are free and open to the community for events and conversations. These have included, in New York City, The Coney Island Museum, Participant, Momenta, and The James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center. She has been awarded fellowships from. The Graham Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a professor at Queens College CUNY.