Sadie Benning

Born in Madison, WI
Lives and works in New York, NY
MFA, Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Solo Exhibitions

"Sleep Rock," Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (link)
"Blinded by the Light," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
"Shared Eye," Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (link)
"Green God,” Callicoon Fine Arts and Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
“L'oeil de l'esprit,” Air de Paris, Paris, France (link)
"Shared Eye," Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL (link)
“Excuse Me Ma’am,” Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy (link)
"Fuzzy Math," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
"Patterns," Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, NY
"War Credits," Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, NY
"Transitional Effects," Participant Inc., New York, NY
"Play Pause," The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
"Play Pause," The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
"Form of... a Waterfall," Orchard Gallery, New York, NY
"Play Pause," Dia Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
"Sadie Benning: Suspended Animation," Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
"Sadie Benning's Early Pixelvision Videos," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
"Sadie Benning Retrospective Series," Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

Group Exhibitions

"Inaugural Exhibition," Vielmetter Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
“Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” New Museum, New York, NY (link)
“Press Your Space Face Close to Mine,” curated by Aaron Curry, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA
“Figurative Geometry,” curated by Bob Nickas, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
“A Shape That Stands Up,” curated by Jamillah James and organized by Hammer Museum, Art + Practice, Los Angeles, CA
"Certain Skins," James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
“Making & Unmaking,” curated by Duro Olowu, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Greater NY, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
"Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age," Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
"The Painter of Modern Life," Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
"Watch This! Revelations in Media Art," Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
"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
"Groupshow," Christian Lethert Galerie, Cologne, Germany
"Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault," Artists Space, New York, NY
"2013 Carnegie International," Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
"NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star," New Museum, New York, NY
"Sadie Benning, Thomas Kovachevich, Dona Nelson," Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, 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, New York, NY
"cinq tranges album de famille," Le Bal, Paris, France
"Reflection Abstraction," curated by Dean Daderko, Vogt Gallery, New York, NY
"OFF Series, Part II," Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
"Love on Film," Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, England
"Benning, Kobayashi, Linzy," Centre de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona, Spain
"Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions," 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea
"Animated Painting," San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
"MoMA: American Documentary: 1920s to Now," Taiwan International Documentary Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
"Bidibidobidiboo," Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
"To Die of Love (Voluntary Permanence)," Museo Universitario de ciencias y arte, Rome, Italy
"Building Identities," Tate Modern, London, UK
Womens 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, New York, NY
"Image-Movement Cinematheque," Taipei, Taiwan
"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
"Loves Body," Tokyo Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
"Videodrome," New Museum, New York, NY
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Holland
New York Video Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC
"Message to Pretty," Threadwaxing Space, NYC
Seoul International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Korea
"Scream and Scream Again: Film in Art," Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan
"Videotheque: Video Text," Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Venice Bienniale, Venice, Italy
"Sadie Benning," Film Forum, Los Angeles, CA
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
New Queer Cinema Panel, Sundance Film Festival, 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, The Netherlands
"Sadie Benning," Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Sadie Benning Videos," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
"Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center," Screening, Buffalo, New York


War Credits (16 minute loop, single channel black and white video, sound)
In Parts (28min., single channel black and white video, sound)
Old Waves, Record One (30min., single channel black and white video)
Old Waves, Record Two (30min., single channel black and white video)
Play Pause (29:21, two channel video installation from hard drive, color digital video/drawings on paper)
One Liner (5:07, installation, black & white video/ Pixelvision, sound)
The Baby (5:40, installation, color digital video/ drawings on paper)
Aerobicide, co-director, Kathleen Hanna (5:00, color digital video)
Le Tigre, recorded with Kathleen Hanna and Johanna Fateman (vinyl & cd) 1998 Flat is Beautiful (56:00, v black & white video/ Pixelvision, 16mm, and Super 8)
German Song (6:00, black & white video/ super 8 film)
The Judy Spots (12:30, color video/ 16 mm film)
Girl Power (15:00, black & white video/ Pixelvision)
It Wasnt Love (19:06, black & white video/ Pixelvision)
A Place Called Lovely (13:40, black & white video/ Pixelvision)
Jollies (11:18, black & white video/ Pixelvision)
Welcome to Normal (20:00, color video/ Hi 8)
If Every Girl Had a Diary (8:56, black & white video/ Pixelvision)
Living Inside (5:06, black & white video/ Pixelvision)
Me & Rubyfruit (5:31, black & white video/ Pixelvision)
A New Year (5:57, black & white video/ Pixelvision)

Press (selection)

Casadio, Mariuccia. "I quadri di Sadie Benning," Vogue Italia, April 16 (link)
O'Falt, Chris, " Pixelvision: How a Failed ‘80s Fisher-Price Toy Camera Became One of Auteurs’ Favorite ’90s Tools," IndieWire (web), August 9 (link)
Sussman, Anna Louie, “What Sold at Art Basel,” Artsy (web), June 17 (link)
Masterson, Piers, "Sadie Benning: Sleep Rock," this is tomorrow Contemporary Art Magazine (web), May 10 (link)
Lloyd, Kathryn, "Sadie Benning, Sleep Rock," The White Review (web), May (link)
Luke, Ben, "Sadie Benning/Ian White review: Playing tricks on a sense of time," Evening Standard (web), April 30 (link)
Waugh, Rosemary, “Sadie Benning: Sleep Rock,” Time Out London, April 24 (link)
Goldsmith, Leo, “Reality Stars: ‘The Non-Actor’ Surveys Amateur Perforamance in the Movies,” The Village Voice (web), November 25
Saltz, Jerry ,”The New Museum’s ‘Trigger’ is Radical in Content, Retrograde in Form: What Should We Make of That?” Vulture (web), October 23 (link)
Budick, Ariella, “Review: ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’ at the New Museum,” Financial Times (web), October 10 (link)
Sheets, Hilarie M., “Gender-Fluid Artists Come Out of the Gray Zone,” New York Times, September 15 (link)
Pagel, David, “Review: At the Pit, artists mine the emotions behind the machine,” Los Angeles Times (web), August 11
Scheper, Moritz, “Public View: Moritz Scheper über Sadie Benning in der Kunsthalle Basel,” Texte zur Kunst, June
Campbell, Andy, “Sadie Benning at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects,” Artforum, May (link)
Helphenstein, Hilde, “5 Artists to Know from Frieze New York,” Topshop Blog (web), May 10
Cha, Olivian, "Between Seeing and Touching," Flash Art, January - February, (Cover and Feature) (link)
Riva, Catarina, “Review: Sadie Benning at Kaufmann Repetto,” frieze (web), January 11 (link)
Waxman, Lori, “Last chance to see 3 noteworthy Chicago art shows,” Chicago Tribune (web), January 11
Judah, Hettie, “Figurative Geometry at Collezione Maramotti,” ArtReview, January/February
Zürcher, Isabel, “Überleben im Schatten der Politik,” Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, February
“Kulture – Tipps: Shared Eye,” azkent magazine, February - March
“Sadie Benning und ihre Rythmussequenzen in der Kunsthalle,” Radio X, February 19
Roeschmann, Dietrich, “Die Kunsthalle Basel zeigt Bildobjekte von Sadie Benning,” Badische Zeitung, February 20
"Best in Show 2015," Artillery, January - February (link)
Boucher, Brian, “VIDEO: What’s Really Cool at the 2016 Armory Show?” artnet news (web), March 4
Korman, Sam, “Armory Show and Independent,” art agenda (web), March 4
Indrisek, Scott, “10 Must-See Booths at the Armory Show,” Blouin ArtInfo (web), March 3
Gangitano, Lia, “Artists in Conversation: Sadie Benning by Lia Gangitano,” Bomb, Spring (link)
Corral, Alexis, “15 Blockbuster Gallery Shows You Need to See in New York This May,” Artsy (web), April 29
Salway, Diane, “Transgender Artist Sadie Benning is Not Afraid,” @W Magazine (web), May 13
Gilbert, Alan, “Sadie Benning’s ‘Green God’ at Callicoon Fine Arts, New York and Mary Boone, New York,” art agenda (web), July 5
Istomina, Tatiana, “Sadie Benning: New York, at Mary Boone and Callicoon,” Art in America (web), October 20
Shi, Diana, “Mixed-Media Artist and Gender Provocateur Dismantles the Word ‘Ma’am’,” The Creators Project (web), October 22
Estorick, Alex, “Sadie Benning at kaufmann repetto / Milan,” Flash Art, November
Matyus, Allison, “’Shared Eye’ latest exhibit at Renaissance Society,” Hyde Park Herald (web), November 23
Day, Robyn, “Sadie Benning’s Shared Eye at Renaissance Society,” Sixty, December 14
Myers, Terry R., Sadie Benning: Fuzzy Math, The Brooklyn Rail, February 5
Schwendener, Martha, Review: The 2015 Armory Show Overlaps History and Cultures, The New York Times, March 5
Zellen, Jody, Sadie Benning: Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Artillery, March (link)
Molesworth, Helen, Best of 2015, Artforum, December
Edmark, Alison, Top 5: January 7, 2015, Glasstire, January 7
Treilhard, Marieke, Art & Culture: Politics in the Abstract, Angeleno Magazine, February
Miranda, Carolina, Datebook: Cuba photography, a Fictional TED Talk, Chicano Portraiture, Los Angeles Times, January 8
Pagel, David, Review: Sadie Benning, Fuzzy Math, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles Times, January 23
Osborne-Bartucca, Kristen, Review: Sadie Benning, ArtScene, February
Zevitas, Steven, 15 Artists to Watch in 2015 (+3), Huffington Post, December 16
Smith, Roberta, The Paintbrush in the Digital Era: The Forever Now, a Survey of Contemporary Painting at MoMA, The New York Times, December 11
Sadie Benning at Callicoon Fine Arts, The New Yorker, October 13
Smith, Roberta, Sadie Benning Patterns at Callicoon Fine Arts, The New York Times, October 10
Durbin, Andrew, Review: Sadie Benning, Artforum, October 2
Johnson, Paddy, Recommended Shows Pt3: Sadie Benning, Patterns, Art Fag City, September 24
Weaver, Rachel, Carnegie Internationals Success Keeps it as One of Pittsburghs Art Gems, Trib Live, April 15
Rich, Sarah, 2013 Carnegie International, Artforum, January
Yates, Christopher, 2013 Carnegie International, The Columbus Dispatch, January 5
Bryant, Eric, The Breakout Art Stars of 2013, Artspace, December 27
Russeth, Andrew, 2013 Carnegie International Acquisitions Announced, The Gallerist, December 16
Benning, Sadie. Recording Notes, Art In America, May
Smith, Roberta, Global Extravaganza, but on a Human Scale: The Carnegie International Keeps Its Survey Small, The New York Times, October 10
Smith, Roberta. Art in Review. Sadie Benning: War Credits, New York Times, May 3
Russeth, Andrew, A Playground in Pittsburgh: The 2013 Carnegie International Is a Quiet Triumph, The New York Observer, October 8
Marcus, Sara. Sadie Benning: Callicoon Fine Arts, May 6
Stamp, Elizabeth, The 2013 Carnegie International Opens in Pittsburgh, Architectural Digest, October 4
Barliant, Clair. Sadie Benning, The New Yorker, April 29
Benning, Sadie, Top 10, Artforum, Summer
Mack, Joshua, Exhibition Reviews, Sadie Benning: War Credits, Art Review, Summer
McCemont, Doug, The Next Most Collectible Artists: Sadie Benning, Art + Auction, June
Jones, Kristin M., Sadie Benning, Frieze, January - February
Kukielski, Tina. Transitory States (Interview with Sadie Benning), Mousse, December
Hirsch, Faye. Jigsaw Paintings: Sadie Benning at Participant, Art in America, October
Smith, Roberta. Play Pause, Animating the Everyday Sublime, New York Times, April 30
Cooke, Lynne. Best of 2007, Artforum, December
ONeill Butler, Lauren. Sadie Benning: Orchard, Artforum, December
Hirsch, Faye. A Day in the Life, Art in America, September
Howe, David Everitt. Former Le Tigre Members Stuttering Sexuality, Village Voice, September 25
Bryan-Wilson, Julia. Flat Out: Sadie Benning, Artforum, January


Sadie Benning: Shared Eye. Texts by Solveig Øvtebo, Elena FIlipovic, Christine Mehring, and John Corbett. Renaissance Society and University of Chicago Press, Chigago, IL (exh. cat)
Sadie Benning: File Note. Texts by Leopoldine Core, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (exh. cat)
Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon, London, UK
2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (exh. cat)
Sadie Benning: Suspended Animation. Wexner Center for the Arts/ D.A.P. (exh. cat)

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
Grande Videokunst Prize, Kahrlsrule, Germany
Film/Video Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation for the Arts
Midwest Regional Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
Los Angeles Film Critics Award, Best Independent/Experimenta


Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
Assocazione Culturale, Bologna, Italy
Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba, Israel
British Film Institute, London, UK
Brown University, Providence, RI
Castello Di Rivoli, Museu DArte Contemporanea, Rivoli/Torino Italy
Center for Arts, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Chungmuro Subway Station, Seoul, Korea
Duke University, Durham, NC
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Fundacio la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum D'art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, NY
Nagoya Multimedia Institution, Nagoyashi, Japan
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
New York University, NY
Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Projects/NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany
RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Tapies Foundacion, Barcelona, Spain
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
Yale University, New Haven, CT