BMA & Open Walls Baltimore Present Conversation with Artist Martha Rosler

Recorded Live for The Modern Art Notes Podcast with host Tyler Green

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore Museum of Art is pleased to support Station North Arts & Entertainment Inc.’s Open Walls Baltimore project by bringing together an internationally renowned artist and one of today’s leading art journalists for Martha Rosler in Conversation with Tyler Green on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. The event includes a presentation and discussion of Rosler’s groundbreaking work and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. The event is also being recorded for The Modern Art Notes Podcast and will air on May 10. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available in-person at the BMA Box Office one hour prior to start time and limited to one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not accepted. For further information, contact 443-573-1832.

Martha Rosler has created pioneering videotapes, photo/text works, and performances that span several decades. Though long considered an underground artist for her innovations in combining a variety of media, her work is now widely recognized for examining the ideological, political, economic, and social realities that dominate everyday life beyond the traditional boundaries of the art world. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the anti-Vietnam War stance expressed in her work, alongside her provocative feminist examinations of the advertising industry’s images of women, established her as an artist tackling the pressing political and social issues of our times. Modern Art Notes Editor Tyler Green, who has followed Rosler’s career for many years, commented on Rosler in 2009, “…[she] has spent the last four decades pointing out how Americans’ pursuit of the good life has often blinded us from noticing how our nation has fallen short of its ideals.” Rosler will receive her first solo show at the Museum of Modern Art this fall when her Meta-Monumental Garage Sale takes over MoMA’s atrium for a 20-week run starting in November.

This event is organized by Open Walls Baltimore, an unparalleled street art project in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. The finest and most widely recognized street artists from around the world are mounting an outdoor exhibition of extraordinary murals that enlivens public spaces, stimulates community revitalization and national dialogue, and attracts visitors and investors to Station North. Open Walls Baltimore will expand throughout April and May with the installation of more than 20 murals culminating in a Final Friday celebration on May 25th. Artists include: Gaia, Momo, Doodles, Maya Hayuk, Ever, Overunder, John Ahern, Specter, Mata Ruda, Josh Van Horn, Caitlin Cunningham, Jessie Unterhalter, Freddy Sam, Intersni Kazki, Gary Kachadourian, Chris Stain, Jetsonorama, Swoon, Sten and Lex, Nanook, Jaz, and Vhils. Open Walls Baltimore is curated by Gaia and managed by Station North Arts, Inc. and Gaia.

Open Walls Baltimore is made possible through the generous sponsorship of PNC Bank and an Our Town Grant provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is the only nationally focused audio program about visual art. Produced and hosted by Tyler Green and published each Thursday, the program features in-depth interviews with artists, historians, critics, and authors. Previous guests have included artists Richard Serra, Chris Burden, Shirin Neshat and Mark Bradford, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Mark Stevens, and Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight. Future shows are scheduled to include New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger, artists Robert Irwin, Catherine Opie, and Andrea Zittel. The program is available for free on iTunes, via RSS feed, through Modern Art Notes, and at The program featuring Martha Rosler will be the first MAN Podcast taped in front of a live audience. It will air on May 10.

Martha Rosler
Martha Rosler is an influential photographic, video, installation and performance artist recognized for creating works that examine the ideological, political, economic and social realities of our times. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. at the Museum of Modern Art and Dia Center for the Arts in New York, and Worcester Museum of Art in Massachusetts. Internationally her important performance and installation project spectacle, Garage Sale, was featured at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, Italy’s Venice Biennale, China’s Taipei Biennial, and England’s Liverpool Biennial. In 2000, Rosler’s oeuvre was the subject of a major retrospective entitled Martha Rosler: Positions in the Life World shown at the New Museum and at the International Center of Photography in New York, and at museums in Birmingham, England; Vienna, Austria; Lyon, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Rosler earned a BA from Brooklyn College and MFA from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at the Städelschule, a contemporary fine arts academy in Frankfurt, Germany, and Rutgers University in New Jersey. Rosler is also an eminent writer on art and culture, publishing more than 10 books of art and photography, and has lectured both nationally and internationally since the mid 1970s.

Tyler Green
Tyler Green is a Washington, DC-based art journalist, the editor of the acclaimed Modern Art Notes (MAN) blog, and U.S. columnist for Modern Painters magazine. Green and MAN have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Art in America, and Time, and on many NPR affiliates. The Wall Street Journal has called MAN “the most influential of all visual arts blogs.” The Washington Post has named Tyler Green one of Washington’s 14 “young and influential” cultural figures. Green has also written for Fortune, Conde Nast Portfolio, Smithsonian, Washingtonian, and New York Observer.

Contemporary Art at The Baltimore Museum of Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is known for its longtime commitment to collecting and supporting the work of living artists, and acquiring and exhibiting works that speak to the events and innovations of the day. Nearly a century of collecting works by living artists has enabled the Museum to build one of the nation’s strongest collections of 19th century, modern, and contemporary art. Today, the BMA has 16 galleries dedicated to a rapidly growing contemporary collection. Exceptional examples of American art from the last six decades include works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Donald Judd, Glenn Ligon, Robert Rauschenberg, Anne Truitt, and Andy Warhol, as well as works by emerging artists from around the globe. The Museum also holds an outstanding group of works by notable international artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Susan Philipsz, and Franz West, and a significant number of works by women, artists of color, and artists whose art makes a profound social statement. The BMA is currently renovating and reinstalling its contemporary wing to enhance the visitor experience and expand the Museum’s presentation of works across all media. The renovated wing, which will open on November 17, 2012, will include dedicated spaces for changing exhibitions, site-specific installations, a black box gallery for the presentation of video, film, and digital media, and two spaces for interactive learning.

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