Martha Rosler

Since the early 1970s, Martha Rosler’s work in video, performance, photography, installation, criticism, and theory has examined issues of contemporary life and politics such as feminism, war, homelessness, terrorism, the mainstream media, and public space. Often engaging viewers in a dialogue that aims to inspire a reconsideration of personal, social, and political boundaries, Rosler’s work disrupts the mythologies of the everyday and exposes the complex systems that orchestrate them. For instance, Bringing the War Home, 1967-72, (a recent acquisition currently on view in gallery 138) created during the height of the United States involvement in the Vietnam War, is a series of twenty photomontages that conflate news images (from Life magazine) with those of consumer culture (from House Beautiful magazine). By inserting images of the war in Southeast Asia into entirely other sorts of pictures, those of American home interiors, Rosler was, in effect, making concrete the war abroad, the war at home, produced by the mass media that imported images of death and destruction from Vietnam into U.S. homes every evening. Rosler has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London (1983); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1987); Dia Art Foundation, New York (1989); as well as a retrospective that traveled to five European cities and New York (1998?2000). She participated in Documenta 7 and 12 (1982 and 2007); Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007-2008); Skulpture Projekte Muenster (2007); Venice Biennale (2003); Difference: On Representation and Sexuality, Renaissance Society (1985); and 74th American Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago (1982), among many others. Please call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Thursday 13 September. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby’s for this and upcoming events.

The Art Institute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $15
Non-Members – $65

07:30PM – Dining
China Grill, 230 N. Michigan Avenue
Members – $65
Non-Members – $80