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sadie benning: biography, selected museum exhibitions, public collections and shows at kaufmann repetto

 

biography

born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1973. Benning currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Benning has spent the last thirty years investigating cultural influences, specifically in relation to identity, language and memory. Benning has been creating experimental videos since their youth in the late 1980s and has expanded their rigorous practice in a fusion of painting, sculpture, installation, and photography, formed with both found and original objects. Concurrent layers exist within her almost sculptural paintings as transparencies, analogue photos, digital prints, resin, enamel, and spray paint, coated on wall-based panels.

 

selected museum exhibitions

Recent solo exhibitions pain thing, wexner center for the arts, columbus, oh (2020); Sleep Rock, Camden Arts Centre, London (2018); Shared Eye, Kunsthalle Basel, CH (2017); L’oeil de L’esprit, Air de Paris, Paris (2016); Play Pause, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2009); Play Pause, The Power Plant, Toronto.

Bennings work was included in Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions, 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1993, 2000); Venice Bienniale, Venice (1993). her work has been screened at renowned film festivals including Rotterdam International Film Festival (1998); Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Tokyo (1995); Sundance Film Festival, Park City (1992); and the Berlin International Film Festival (1992), among others.

Benning’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and screenings such as Surrounds: 11 Installations, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); Photography Today: Private Public Relations, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, (2018); Trigger: Gender…, New Museum, New York (2017); Cher(e)a Ami(e)s…, curated by mnam/cci, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); and Sadie Benning Videos, Museum of Modern Art, New York (1991).

 

public collections

Benning’s work is in many permanent collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

 

shows at Kaufmann Repetto

Excuse Ma’am, 2016, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan

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Sadie Benning were Born in 1973 in Madison, WI. Live and work in New York.

 

selected solo exhibitions

2020
Blow Ups, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Pain Thing 2, Mitchell Ines & Nash, New York
Pain Thing, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

2018
Sleep rock, Camden Arts Centre, London

2017
Shared Eye, Kunsthalle Basel, basel
Blinded by the Light, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

2016
Shared Eye, The Renaissance Society, Chicago
Excuse Me Ma’am, kaufmann repetto, Milan
L’oeil de l’esprit, Air de Paris, Paris
Green God, Callicoon Fine Arts and Mary Boone, New York

2015
Fuzzy Math, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles

2014
Patterns, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

2013
War Credits, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

2011
Transitional Effects, Participant Inc., New York

2009
Play Pause, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2008
Play Pause, The Power Plant, Toronto

2007
Form of… a Waterfall, Orchard Gallery, New York
Play Pause, Dia Foundation for the Arts, New york
Sadie Benning: Suspended Animation, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

2005
Sadie Bennings Early Pixelvision Videos, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2004
Sadie Benning Retrospective Series, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

 

selected group exhibitions and screening

2020
100 drawings from now, the drawing center, new york
Don’t let this be easy, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
vent’anni – twenty years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, new york

2019
The Body Electric, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; traveled to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
surrounds: 11 installations, moma, new york

2018
photography today: private public relations, pinakothek der moderne, munich

2017
women to the front, lumber room, portland
trigger: gender as a tool and a weapon, new museum, new york
press your space face close to mine, the pit, los angeles
Blinded by the light, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City

2016
figurative geometry, collezione maramotti, reggio emilia
cher(e)a ami(e)s: hommage aux donateurs des collections contemporaines, centre pompidou, paris
a shape that stands up, art + practice, los angeles
james cohan gallery, new york
making & unmaking, camden arts centre, london
dropout: regarding lee lozano, site 131, dallas
marta cervera gallery, madrid

2015
painting 2.0: expression in the information age, museum brandhorst, munich
greater new york, moma ps1, ny
watch this! revelations in media art, the smithsonian american art museum, washington
the space between, flag art foundation, ny
the painter of modern life, anton kern gallery, ny

2014
who are who, studio for propositional cinema, düsseldorf
pictures, before and after – an exhibition for douglas crimp, galerie buchholz, berlin
readykeulous by ridykeulous: this is what liberation feels like, contemporary art museum st. Louis, st. louis

2013
macho man, tell it to my heart: the collection of julie ault, artists space, new york
carnegie international, carnegie museum of art, pittsburgh
nyc 1993: experimental jet set, trash and no star, new museum
sadie benning, thomas kovachevich, dona nelson, callicoon fine arts
tell it to my heart: the collection of julie ault, kunstmuseum, basel

2011
dance draw, the institute of contemporary art/boston, boston
paper a-z, sue scott gallery, New York
cinq étranges album de famille, le bal, paris
reflection abstraction, curated by dean daderko, vogt gallery, New York

2010
off series, part ii, center for contemporary art, tel aviv
love on film, parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, london
benning, kobayashi, linzy, centre de cultura contemporania, barcelona
love on film, parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, london

2008
annual report: a year in exhibitions, 7th gwangju biennale, gwangju

2007
animated painting, san diego museum of art, San Diego

2006
moma: american documentary, 1920’s to now, taiwan international documentary festival, taipei, taiwan

2005
sadie benning’s early pixelvision videos, walker art center, minneapolis
bidibidobidiboo, fondazione sandretto re rebaudengo, turin
to die of love (voluntary permanence), museo universitario de ciencias y arte, rome

2004
sadie benning retrospective series, wexner center for the arts, columbus
building identities, tate modern, London

2003
women’s international film festival, seoul
remembrance + the moving image, australian centre for the moving image, melbourne
milwaukee art museum, milwaukee
video viewpoints: a selection from the last decade, museum of modern art, New York

2001
big as life: an american history of 8mm film, museum of modern art, New York francisco cinematheque, san francisco
videonale 9 festival, bonn

2000
whitney biennial, whitney museum of american art, new york
moma 2000: open ends, modern and contemporary art since 1980, museum of modern art, New York
presumed innocent, monsiur le maire de bordeaux, bordeaux

1999
love’s body, tokyo museum of photography, tokyo
videodrome, new museum, new york

1998
new york video festival, film society of lincoln center, nyc message to pretty, threadwaxing space, New York
seoul international gay and lesbian film festival, seoul
rotterdam international film festival, holland

1996
scream and scream again: film in art, museum of modern art, oxford

1994
videotheque: video text, walker arts center, minneapolis

1993
whitney biennial, the whitney museum of american art, new york
venice biennial, venice
walker art center, Minneapolis
Sadie Benning, Film Forum, Los Angeles

1992
sundance film festival, new queer cinema panel, park city
Videorama: A Celebration of International Video Art, New York
Film Festival, New York
Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin

1991
amsterdam international gay & lesbian film festival, amsterdam
sadie benning, randolph street gallery, chicago
sadie benning videos, museum of modern art, new york
screening, hallwalls contemporary arts center, buffalo

 

Selected Grants and Awards

2005
Guggenheim Fellowship

2003-6
Wexner Center for the Arts, Visiting Artist Residency Award

2000
National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture Merit Award

1999
Andrea Frank Foundation Fellowship

1993
Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film/Video

 

education

Benning Attended the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (MFA 1997). In 1997, Benning completed their MFA at the Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. They are currently Co-Chair of Film and Video at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.