martha rosler has been an important figure in art since the 1960’s, contributing groundbreaking works in media including video, photography, installation, performance, photo-text and critical writing. her work addresses social life and the public sphere, often staking out feminist and anti-war positions. her work in the public sphere ranges from everyday life - often with an eye to women's experience - and the media to architecture and the built environment.
she has been included in numerous international exhibitions, most recently wack! art and the feminist revolution at the museum of contemporary art, los angeles, ps1 in queens, and other venues, unmonumental at the new museum in new york, documenta 12 and skulptur projekte münster, all in 2007; and ambitions d’art at institut d’art contemporain in villeurbanne, france, in 2008. recent solo exhibitions have included la casa, la calle, la cocina at the centro jose guerrero in granada, spain; location, location, location at portikus in frankfurt; great power at mitchell-innes & nash, ny; and bringing the war home at the worcester art museum in massachusetts in 2007.
a retrospective of rosler’s work was shown in five european cities and in new york at the new museum and the international center of photography in 1998-2000. she has published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and homelessness. decoys and disruptions: selected writings, 1975-2001, a book of rosler’s essays, was published by the mit press in 2004 (reprinted, 2008). she has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.
martha rosler was born in brooklyn, where she lives and works. she holds an m.f.a. from the university of california, san diego, and a b.a. from brooklyn college. her work is in the collections of major international museums, including the metropolitan museum, the whitney museum, the museum of modern art, and the guggenheim in new york, the art institute of chicago, the san francisco museum of modern art, the art gallery of ontario, victoria and albert museum in london, and the generali foundation in vienna, among many others.