Martha Rosler

Tuesday, April 16, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium
230 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL
United States

FREE, non-ticketed, and open to the general public.

Brooklyn-based artist Martha Rosler works in video, photography, text, installation, and performance. Her work often addresses actual and virtual matters of the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life, especially as they affect women. For many years Rosler has produced works on war and the national security climate that connect life at home with war abroad. In 2004 and 2008, in opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, she reinstituted her now well-known series of photomontages Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful, originally made as a response to the war in Vietnam in the late 1960s. She has also published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, with subjects ranging from airports and roads to housing and gentrification. 

Rosler has had solo exhibitions at various institutions, internationally and in the United States, including Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland (2018); the Seattle Art Museum (2016); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); the Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain (2009–10); the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007); Modern Art Oxford, UK (1990); and the Dia Art Foundation, New York (1989). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2011); and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2008). Rosler has also published 17 books of photography, art, and writing in several languages. She received the Guggenheim Museum Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. Rosler’s major solo exhibition, Irrespective, is on view through March 3, 2019, at the Jewish Museum, New York. 

Presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago

Martha Rosler’s website

Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery

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