Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s

Feb 11–Jun 3, 2012

Gretchen Bender (American, 1951–2004)
T.V. Text and Image, 1986–91
Television sets with vinyl lettering and metal shelves
Courtesy of the Estate of Gretchen Bender
Re-created posthumously
In T.V. Text and Image, Gretchen Bender appropriates the form and content of television to investigate mass media’s effect on public consciousness. The grid of monitors transmits live television feeds, while texts produced by the artist are attached to the TV screens. By manipulating a medium that is itself highly manipulative, Bender distances the viewer from expectations of pleasure and absorption, and instead provokes questions about the kind of information being generated in this relatively new public forum.