If Every Girl Had a Diary

  • Sadie Benning, If Every Girl Had a Diary, 1990, single-channel video, black and white, sound; 08:00 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund, 2015.8.2, © 1990, Sadie Benning

Exhibition Label
Sadie Benning recorded personal video diaries in the late 1980s and early 1990s while she was in high school. Using a toy PixelVision camera made by Fisher Price, Benning speaks to the machine as if she could make it understand. Her camera’s intimate field of view contrasts that of a cold and impersonal surveillance system, as she describes her feelings of alienation and the experience of self-discovery. These diaries are prescient works that portend YouTube and youthful digital culture with an extraordinary eloquence.

Watch This!: Revelations in Media Art, 2015
Title
If Every Girl Had a Diary
Artist
Date
1990
Location
Not on view
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Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund

Mediums
Mediums Description
single-channel video, black and white, sound; 08:00 minutes
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female
Object Number
2015.8.2
Palette
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