Red Bull Arts New York | Retrospective of Gretchen Bender

by Corrine Ciani

Above:  Gretchen Bender. Photo: Hans Neleman © 1986. Courtesy of Red Bull Arts New York.

Above: Gretchen Bender. Photo: Hans Neleman © 1986. Courtesy of Red Bull Arts New York.

Red Bull Arts New York announces free public programming for Gretchen Bender: So Much Deathless, the first posthumous retrospective of the life and work of the multi-disciplinary artist. Gretchen Bender (1951-2004), was a pioneering American artist who worked alongside video, sculpture, computer graphics, photography, print and installation to interrogate the accelerated age of mass media.

Left:  Gretchen Bender,  Untitled (Landscape, Computer Graphics, Death Squad) , 1987.  Right:  Gretchen Bender,  Untitled (The Pleasure is Back) , 1982. Images courtesy of the Gretchen Bender Estate and OSMOS.

Left: Gretchen Bender, Untitled (Landscape, Computer Graphics, Death Squad), 1987. Right: Gretchen Bender, Untitled (The Pleasure is Back), 1982. Images courtesy of the Gretchen Bender Estate and OSMOS.

Returning the spotlight to one of contemporary art’s most prescient figures, So Much Deathless showcases Bender’s importance and lasting influence. The exhibition will feature daily screenings of Bender’s Total Recall and accompanied by public programming organized into four categories — Meet the Makers, Virtual Histories, Exhibition Tours, and Off-Site Programs.

The series includes artists talks, film screens, live performances, and tours that will run every  Wednesday through Sunday from 12-7 p.m. from March 6 through July 29, 2019.

Above:  Gretchen Bender,  Military Escalation-Dare to be Stupid , 1986. Computer Animation / Spectacolor Light Board. Part of  Messages to the Public  exhibition in March, 1986. Photo: Jane Dickson. Courtesy of Public Art Fund.

Above: Gretchen Bender, Military Escalation-Dare to be Stupid, 1986. Computer Animation / Spectacolor Light Board. Part of Messages to the Public exhibition in March, 1986. Photo: Jane Dickson. Courtesy of Public Art Fund.


Gretchen Bender: So Much Deathless

Red Bull Arts New York  | 220 W 18th St

March 6 – July 28, 2019  Wednesday – Sunday