On Wednesday, July 24 at 4:30 PM, curator, and artist, Michelle Grabner joins Candice Strongwater, Head of Public Programs at Red Bull Arts, for our final exhibition walkthrough.
Wisconsin-born, Michelle Grabner works in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, video and sculpture. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching with a process-oriented studio practice, she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career. In 2012, Grabner co-organized Tracking the Thrill with artist Philip Vanderhyden, the first posthumous presentation of Gretchen Bender’s Total Recall (1987), presented alongside the artist’s commercial work at The Poor Farm, an experimental space Grabner founded with her husband Brad Killam in rural Wisconsin. The exhibition traveled to The Kitchen the next year, where Total Recall had premiered 26 years earlier. In 2014, Grabner included Bender’s iconic People in Pain (1988) in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, further shedding light on her work and legacy. As Grabner puts it, Bender was “somebody who could see value in taking existing material, whether imagery or footage from Hollywood and complicating it instead of making it digestible.”