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This material documents her career as filmmaker and multimedia artist from the early 1980's-2004. The collection includes biographical materials, letters/correspondence, personal business records, project files, writings, notebooks, printed material, photographs, slides and transparencies, and artworks. Also included are project files detailing Gretchen's collaborations with dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones, as well as a handwritten transcription of a conversation between Bender and Cindy Sherman.
Gretchen Bender papers, 1980-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Gretchen Bender (1951-2004) was a New York City based filmmaker, multimedia and conceptual artist. Bender borrowed from elements found in advertising, television, popular contemporary art, and computer graphics to explore issues of race, gender, politics and culture in her work. During the 1990's Bender worked with choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones as a co-director, set designer, and filmmaker on a number of theater and television projects. Bender was a director, editor, and producer for television, primarily working on music videos. Bender participated in solo and group exhibitions at Metro Pictures and Nature Morte in New York.
Donated 2005 by Kate Bender, Gretchen Bender's sister.
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