Jaffe Chair in Contemporary Art: Martha Rosler

Jaffe Chair in Contemporary Art: Martha Rosler

Dean Rosemary Stevens has announced the appointment of the Video Artist Martha Rosler, a teacher/scholar and critic whose academic home base is Rutgers University, as the first Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Visiting Professor of Contemporary Art.

In residence this term, Ms. Rosler is teaching The History of Video Art, a field Newsweek recently called "the world's most promising medium" in reviewing one of her works, The Semiotics of the Kitchen.

Martha Rosler took her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1965 and her M.F.A. from U.C. San Diego in 1974. Her prolific career blends the production of video art with the organization of art and communication projects that in turn may produce art or books or both. One of her best- known projects, If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory and Social Activism, is also one of her three books [see the jacket below]; the other two are 3 Works and Service: A Trilogy on Colonization; New York. 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 recording the human response throughout the world to repression, crisis and war.

A short list of her exhibitions has 65 solo presentations in the U.S., Canada and abroad, and wide participation in group exhibitions including the 1994 ICA Philadelphia show, Women and Domesticity. A prolific teaching career has taken her to colleges large and small, in women's studies as well as art programs and institutes.

She began her affiliation with Rutgers in 1980 as an assistant professor of art, photography and media, critical studies. Promoted to associate professor in 1985, she became full professor in 1990, and was also made a Fellow of Douglass College that year. She is now also director of graduate studies in the visual arts at Rutgers.


Tuesday, November 21, 1995
Volume 42 Number 13

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