Martha Rosler (b. 1943)
A political activist since her college years, Brooklyn-based artist Martha Rosler explores issues of gender, warfare, civil rights, and homelessness in her photomontages and videos. She manipulates text and images to frustrate preconceived notions of femininity and violence, among other subjects. Rosler is also a respected essayist, and her writings on art and culture have appeared in publications such as Artforum, and Grey Room, and in several edited collections. Her work has won many accolades, including a Spectrum International Prize in Photography (2005), Austria’s prestigious Oscar Kokoschka Prize (2006) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guggenheim Museum (2010). Rosler taught art at Rutgers University for thirty years, and now serves as an educational advisor to the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (all NYC).