October 2nd, 2013

Gretchen Bender at The Kitchen


Artist: Gretchen Bender

Venue: The Kitchen, New York

Exhibition Title: Tracking the Thrill

Curated by: Philip Vanderhyden

Date: August 27 – October 5, 2013

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Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.


Gretchen Bender, excerpt from Total Recall, 1987. Eight channel video on 24 monitors and three projection screens 18 min. Soundtrack by Stuart Argabright.



Images and video courtesy of The Kitchen, New York. Photos by Jason Mandella. Video documentation by Iki Nakagawa.

Press Release:

Among the most prescient yet overlooked figures of her generation, Gretchen Bender (1951-2004) anticipated our current state of image saturation, using scaffolds of screens, hypnotic repetitions of appropriated television footage, and aggressive sound as a critical match for an emerging cultural field of special effects and immersive viewing experiences. In this focused selection of Bender’s videos, Total Recall—her seminal video performance, originally exhibited at The Kitchen in 1987—and Wild Dead are presented alongside the artist’s efforts in music video and broadcast television, including her legendary title sequence for “America’s Most Wanted.” Curated by Philip Vanderhyden for The Poor Farm, and organized at The Kitchen by Lumi Tan and Tim Griffin.

Exhibition Hours: Tues–Fri, 12–6pm; Sat 11–6pm. Total Recall (1987) will be screened on the first floor Tuesday-Saturday every half hour from 12pm-5:30pm. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, there will be an additional 6pm screening. The running time is 18 minutes. There is no late seating.

Link: Gretchen Bender at The Kitchen

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