Artist talk by Martha Rosler


From 17 November 2017




Garage Auditorium


Martha Rosler will focus on projects that demonstrate the relationships between her pedagogical, ideological, and formal methodologies. She will discuss in detail her work centered on militarization and home life, on literacy, on housing, homelessness and gentrification, and on photographic representation—discourses in which she has had significant influence.

Martha Rosler’s work focuses on the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life, especially as they affect women. Working with photography, video, text, installation, and performance, she aims to engage people as citizens by investigating and challenging power disparities that are normalized through images and discourses. Reaching broader sections of the public, critiquing restrictive language, and replacing spectatorship with greater participation are all central issues in her work, while her social research and writing dovetails with these concerns regarding the question of audience.

Rosler’s work has been exhibited extensively. Her photographic and text work, The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems (1974–1975), is considered a milestone in the examination of documentary practices in art and photography. The Martha Rosler Library, containing over 7,500 books from Rosler’s collection, toured nationally and internationally between 2005 and 2009. Her collected writings, Decoys and Disruptions (2004), was published by October Books and MIT Press in 2004, and her most recent volume, Culture Class, centering on artists and gentrification, was published by e-flux and Sternberg Press in 2013. Rosler’s writing has been distributed widely in publications such as Artforum, e-flux journal, and Texte zur Kunst. She has upcoming solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in New York and at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and a two-person exhibition with Hito Steyerl at the Kunstmuseum, Basel.



Martha Rosler is an artist whose projects often involve research on the production and uses of space, and the way that artists are implicated. If You Lived Here, her cycle of shows and public discussions on housing, homelessness, and the built environment, was held in New York in 1989 and has been reprised many times since, most recently in New York and Seattle in 2016. She has also long made work in regard to militarism; and a large body of her work centers on women’s experience. Rosler has received numerous national and international awards including the Spectrum International Prize in Photography (2005), the Oskar-Kokoschka Prize (2006), the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation Grant (2007), the Guggenheim Museum Lifetime Achievement Award (2010), the Brooklyn Museum’s Asher B. Durand Award (2012), the College Art Association Distinguished Feminist Award (2013), the Women’s Caucus of Art Lifetime Achievement Award (2017), and the Lichtwark-Preis (2017). Her upcoming book, The Art of Cooking, a Mock Dialogue Between Julia Child and Craig Claiborne, is an investigation of the rhetorics and histories of cookbooks and cooking and will be published by e-flux and the University of Minnesota Press.


Free admission with advance registration.

The artist talk is in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.