Video installation will run continuously at Dia:Chelsea over three days in September

Aug 20, 2007

New York, NY — Dia Art Foundation is pleased to present Sadie Benning’s Play Pause, 2006 over three days in September at Dia:Chelsea, 548 West 22nd Street. The screening will take place from September 13 through 15, 2007 from 12 to 6pm, and Dia curator Lynne Cooke will hold a conversation with the artist on Friday, September 14, 2007 at 7pm. A two-screen projected-video installation made from hundreds of individual drawings, Sadie Benning’s latest project involving time-based media charts new ground. With footage that elides the static with the moving and a soundtrack culled from hours of ambient recordings, Play Pause tracks a number of urban figures as they navigate their city in search of everyday play and pleasure.

Benning’s early videos received acclaim at the 1993 Whitney Biennial for their raw and personal narrative. Here, she presents a work comprised from drawings that evoke the city and its inhabitants from morning until late night, at work and at leisure. With a memorable score by Benning, Play Pause’s narrative was devised in collaboration with Solveig Nelson.

Play Pause will be shown from September 13 through 15, 2007, 12 to 6pm at Dia:Chelsea; the running time is 29:22. Admission is free. Sadie Benning’s conversation with Lynne Cooke will take place on Friday, September 14, 2007 at 7pm. General admission is $6; members, students, and seniors are $3.

This presentation is made possible by a generous grant from Art for Art’s Sake, New York.

Coinciding with the presentation of Play Pause at Dia:Chelsea, Orchard Gallery will present “Form of a Waterfall,” an exhibition of drawings, video, and sound works by Sadie Benning, from September 9 through October 7, 2007. For more information please visit www.orchard47.org

Sadie Benning
Born in 1973 in Madison, Wisconsin, Sadie Benning started making films at age fifteen with a Fisher-Price Pixelvision camera. An intensely personal exploration of the artist’s coming of age, as found in such early works as Jollies (1990), Me and Rubyfruit (1989), and If Every Girl Had a Diary (1990), brought her widespread acclaim. At the age of twenty, Benning was first included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial; she was included again in 2000. She is a former member and cofounder of the music group Le Tigre. More recent video works include The Judy Spots (1995), which aired on MTV, and Flat is Beautiful (1998). In 2004, The Wexner Center for the Arts presented a retrospective of all the artist’s videos to date; Play Pause had its debut there. Lately, Benning has expanded her video practice to include painting and drawing.

Dia Art Foundation
Dia Art Foundation was founded in 1974. A nonprofit institution, Dia is internationally renowned for initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects. Dia presents public programs and its permanent collection of works from the 1960s through the present at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, in New York’s Hudson Valley. Beginning in September 2007, Dia presents commissions and projects by contemporary artists at the Hispanic Society of America while it seeks a permanent home for these initiatives in New York City. Additionally, the foundation maintains long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and in Bridgehampton on Long Island.

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For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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