Martha Rosler: An Interview

1984 | 01:09:00 | United States | English | B&W | 4:3 | Video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews, Single Titles

Tags: Blumenthal/Horsfield Interviews, Film or Videomaking, Interview, Marxism, Performance

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Martha Rosler (b.1943) received her BA from Brooklyn College in 1965 and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1974. Rosler has produced seminal works in the fields of photography, performance, video, installation, criticism, and theory. Committed to an art that engages a public beyond the confines of the art world, Rosler investigates how socioeconomic realities and political ideologies dominate everyday life. Rosler's work has entered the canon of contemporary art through a process of steady, stealthy infiltration. Lacking commercial gallery representation until 1993, her endeavors as a prolific essayist, lecturer, and political agitator enabled her agenda to trickle down through critical channels.

In this interview with Craig Owens the artist discusses her early family influences and her time at the University of California. "There was a tremendous amount of alternative culture that completely took place... without any relation to the high art world of New York,” she remembers.

A historical interview originally recorded in 1984 and re-edited in 2005 with support from the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund.