Me and Rubyfruit

Media - 2015.8.5 - SAAM-2015.8.5_1 - 117613
Copied Sadie Benning, Me and Rubyfruit, 1990, single-channel video, black and white, sound; 05:30 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund, 2015.8.5, © 1990, Sadie Benning

Artwork Details

Title
Me and Rubyfruit
Date
1990
Location
Not on view
Copyright
© 1990, Sadie Benning
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Samuel and Blanche Koffler Acquisition Fund
Mediums
Mediums Description
single-channel video, black and white, sound; 05:30 minutes
Classifications
Keywords
  • Allegory — life
Object Number
2015.8.5

Artwork Description

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.


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