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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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Upcoming solo exhibition

2020
Blow Up, kaufmann repetto, Milan

 

Upcoming group exhibition

2020
100 drawings from now, the drawing center, new york

 

selected solo exhibitions

2020
Pain Thing, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

2018
Sleep rock, Camden Arts Centre, London

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

2016
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

2015
Fuzzy Math, Susanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles, CA

2014
Patterns, Callicoon Fine Arts, NY

2013
War Credits, Callicoon Fine Arts, NY

2011
Transitional Effects, Participant Inc., NY

2009
Play Pause, The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

2008
Play Pause, The Power Plant, Toronto, CA

2007
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

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

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

 

selected group exhibitions and screening

2020
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, germany

2017
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

2016
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

2015
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

2014
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

2013
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

2011
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

2010
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

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

2007
animated painting, san diego museum of art, ca

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, italy
to die of love (voluntary permanence), museo universitario de ciencias y arte, rome, italy

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

2003
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

2001
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

2000
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

1999
love’s body, tokyo museum of photography, tokyo, japan videodrome, new museum of contemporary art, nyc
videodrome, new museum, new york, ny

1998
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

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

1994
videotheque: video text, walker arts center, minneapolis, mn

1993
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

1992
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

1991
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

 

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.

 

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