On March 7, 2007, the haudenschild Garage collaborated with the University Art Gallery of San Diego State University to present Martha Rosler. The FUEL4TALK was held in conjunction with the exhibition John Q. Public & Citizen Jane: Private Americans in the Political Domain (curated by Tina Yapelli; January 29 – March 7, 2007) in which Rosler was included.
Private Americans in the Political Domain was presented at the University Art Gallery from January 29 through March 7, 2007. The exhibition explored the relationship of individual American citizens to their government, at the federal and municipal levels. Through photographs, videos and multi-media installations, the exhibition addressed related topics such as ordinary civilians’ participation in civic affairs, individuals’ awareness of governmental impact on their daily lives, and the implicit responsibility of citizenship to preserve democracy. The exhibition included works by a vibrant mix of established, mid-career and emerging artists from across the United States. Martha Rosler was represented by selections from Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful, a recent series commenting on the Iraq War. Allan Sekula presented two slide-projection pieces, Waiting for Tear Gas and Prayer for the Americans. Paul Shambroom included four works from his Meetings series of local government portraits. Hasan Elahi was represented by Tracking Transience, a Web-based project accompanied by photographs. Pamela Vander Zwan presented works from her Shedding Light series, which included photographs and Braille versions of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, along with the artist’s Braille “flash cards.” Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry exhibited Endurance, which documents a performance of civil disobedience via photographs and video. And Luther Thie and Eyal Fried installed Acclair, a brain scanning service for security clearance and neurocapital access.
About Martha Rosler
Martha Rosler was born in Brooklyn, New York. She took her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1965 and her M.F.A. from University of California, San Diego in 1974. Rosler works in video, photo-text, installation, and performance, and writes criticism. She has lectured extensively nationally and internationally. 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. Rosler teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She has published several books of photographs, texts, and commentary on public space, ranging from airports and roads to housing and homelessness. Her work has been seen in the “Documenta” exhibition in Kassel, Germany; several Whitney biennials; the Institute of Contemporary Art in London; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Dia Center for the Arts in New York; and many other international venues. A retrospective of her work has been shown in five European cities and in New York at the New Museum and the International Center of Photography (2000). An accompanying book has been published by MIT Press. Her writing has been published widely in catalogs and magazines, such as Artforum, Afterimage, and NU Magazine. Rosler has ten published books. She has produced numerous other “Word Works” and photo/text publications — now exploring cookery in a mock dialogue between Julia Child and Craig Claiborne, now analyzing imagery of women in Russia or exploring responses to repression, crisis, and war.