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



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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Upcoming solo exhibition

Blow Up, kaufmann repetto, Milan


Upcoming group exhibition

100 drawings from now, the drawing center, new york


selected solo exhibitions

Pain Thing, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

Sleep rock, Camden Arts Centre, London

Shared Eye, Kunsthalle Basel, CH
Blinded by the Light, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

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

Fuzzy Math, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, CA

Patterns, Callicoon Fine Arts, NY

War Credits, Callicoon Fine Arts, NY

Transitional Effects, Participant Inc., NY

Play Pause, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Play Pause, The Power Plant, Toronto, CA

Form of… a Waterfall, Orchard Gallery, NY
Play Pause, Dia Foundation for the Arts, NY
Sadie Benning: Suspended Animation, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

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

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


selected group exhibitions and screening

Don’t let this be easy, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
vent’anni – twenty years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, new york

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

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

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

figurative geometry, curated by bob nickas, collezione maramotti, reggio emilia, italy
cher(e)a ami(e)s: hommage aux donateurs des collections contemporaines, curated by mnam/cci, centre pompidou, paris, france
a shape that stands up, curated by jamillah james and organized by hammer museum, art + practice, los angeles, ca
james cohan gallery, new york, ny
making & unmaking, curated by duro olowu, camden arts centre, london, uk
dropout: regarding lee lozano, site 131, dallas, tx
marta cervera gallery, curated by carole server, madrid, spain

painting 2.0: expression in the information age, museum brandhorst, munich, germany
greater new york, moma ps1, ny
watch this! revelations in media art, the smithsonian american art museum, washington, d.c.
the space between, curated by louise grachos with stephanie roach, flag art foundation, ny
the painter of modern life, anton kern gallery, ny

who are who, curated by tenzig barshee, studio for propositional cinema, düsseldorf, germany
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, mo

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

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

off series, part ii, center for contemporary art, tel aviv, israel
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

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

animated painting, san diego museum of art, ca

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

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

sadie benning retrospective series, wexner center for the arts, columbus
building identities, tate modern, london, uk

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

big as life: an american history of 8mm film, museum of modern art, ny, san francisco cinematheque, san francisco, ca
videonale 9 festival, bonn, germany

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

love’s body, tokyo museum of photography, tokyo, japan videodrome, new museum of contemporary art, nyc
videodrome, new museum, new york, ny

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

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

videotheque: video text, walker arts center, minneapolis, mn

whitney biennial, the whitney museum of american art, new york, ny
venice biennial, venice, italy
walker art center, minneapolis, mn
Sadie Benning, Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA

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

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



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.


Selected Grants and Awards

Guggenheim Fellowship

Wexner Center for the Arts, Visiting Artist Residency Award

National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture Merit Award

Andrea Frank Foundation Fellowship

Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film/Video