Roles in Archive: Artist, Author, Panelist, Speaker
b. 1943 Brooklyn, New York.
Through her work in video, performance, installation, critical writing, photography, collage, and photomontage, Martha Rosler critiques the explicit and latent ideologies and institutions that govern contemporary life. Rosler’s collages disturb the taxonomies through which we interpret our world; art, politics, desire, and economics collide on Rosler’s surfaces. The elements that make up Rosler’s collages are drawn primarily from published printed matter, a technique that enables Rosler to comment not only on the ubiquitous contents of books, magazines, and newspapers, but also on the modes of representation through which those subjects are fed to us as the consumers. Rosler received her MFA from the University of California at San Diego (1974) and earned her BA from Brooklyn College (1965). She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (2006 and 2004); Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York (2004); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2002); and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2002). Additional solo exhibitions include Martha Rosler: London Garage Sale Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2005); Martha Rosler: If not now, when? Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2005); and Martha Rosler: Positions in the Life World Generali Foundation, Vienna (traveled to MACBA, Barcelona and was shared by the International Center of Photography, New York, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 1999-2000). Recent selected group exhibitions include WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (traveled to National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, 2007-08); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007); The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984 Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York (traveled to The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and the Austin Museum of Art, Texas, 2006); Persistent Vestiges: Drawings from the American-Vietnam War, The Drawing Center, New York (2005); Liverpool Biennial (2004); The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (traveled to UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2003-2004); The 50th Venice Biennale (2003); and Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art in the 1970s White Columns, New York (2002).