A Finding Aid to the Gretchen Bender Papers, 1980-2004, in the Archives of American Art
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Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bendgret
Creators:
Bender, Gretchen
Dates:
1980-2004
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
2.8 Linear feet
Repository:
The papers of Gretchen Bender measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1980-2004. This material documents her career as a filmmaker and multimedia artist through biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, writings, notebooks, printed material, photographs, slides and transparencies, and artwork. 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.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of Gretchen Bender measure 2.8 linear feet and date from 1980-2004. This material documents her career as a filmmaker and multimedia artist through biographical materials, correspondence, personal business records, writings, notebooks, printed material, photographs, slides and transparencies, and artwork. 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.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 9 series.
  • Series 1: Biographical Material, 1996 (Box 1; 4 folders)
  • Series 2: Correspondence/Letters, 1985-2003 (Box 1; 4 folders)
  • Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1985-1990 (Box 1; 4 folders)
  • Series 4: Project Files, 1982-2002 (Boxes 1-2, 5; 0.9 Linear Feet)
  • Series 5: Writings, 1983-1988 (Box 2; 0.1 Linear Feet)
  • Series 6: Notebooks, 1980-2000 (Box 2; 0.6 Linear Feet)
  • Series 7: Printed Material, 1981-2004 (Boxes 3, 6; 0.3 Linear Feet)
  • Series 8: Photographs, 1984-1989 (Boxes 3-4, 0.3 Linear Feet)
  • Series 9: Artwork, 1984-1985 (Boxes 4, 5; 0.2 Linear Feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
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 1990s, 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.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed in 2006 by Justin Brancato. The finding aid was finalized by intern Christen Brown in 2015.
Author
Justin Brancato
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2005 by Kate Bender, Gretchen Bender's sister.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Gretchen Bender papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Preferred Citation
Gretchen Bender papers, 1980-2004. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
750 9th Street, NW
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Washington, D.C. 20001
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