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Below the Surface with Martha Rosler

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Martha Rosler—artist, feminist, political activist, and theorist—presents an artist lecture on her exhibition currently on view at SAM, Below the Surface. This exhibition and talk are presented as part of a year-long series of exhibitions and programs in Seattle entitled, Housing Is a Human Right, in partnership with The New Foundation Seattle.

Below the Surface features several videos and two photomontage series. In the first series, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home (1967-72), Rosler reveals the disconnect between the televised carnage of the Vietnam War and the prosperity dreams of an upwardly mobile, predominantly white middle class. Decades later, the American invasion of Iraq prompted a new body of work, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home, New Series (2004-08), which takes into account a changed technological and media landscape—the 24-hour news cycle facilitated by the rise of the internet and social media. The new series’ increased scale reflects the ever-greater gap between a hedonistic culture of consumption and spectacle aspects of images of war in high definition.

Free and open to the public.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

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