Gretchen Bender (1951 – 2004) was an American artist who worked in film, video and photography. As part of the Pictures Generation (a group of 1970s New York media artists), Bender questioned the politics of entertainment and mass media products. In the 1980s her works offered an outlook upon the coming revolution of the digital and its multiple impacts upon contemporary culture: accelerated globalisation; increasing levels of surveillance; the corporate production of desire; and the 24/7 newsfeed culture we experience today.
Solo exhibitions include: So Much Deathless, Red Bull Arts, New York (2019); Living With Pain, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2017); Gretchen Bender, Tate Liverpool (2015); Gretchen Bender, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2015); Total Recall, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin Tracking the Thrill, The Kitchen, New York (2015).
Group exhibitions include: Collection 1970s—Present, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019-2021); Bizarre Silks, Private Imaginings and Narrative Facts, etc., Kunsthalle Basel (2020); Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2018); Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; traveled to University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2018); Expired Attachment, Mx Gallery, New York (2018).