Martha Rosler and Allan Sekula, VIDEO, The Kitchen, New York, 1975
Artists: Martha Rosler (Foodtapes: Semiotics of the Kitchen, and A Budding Gourmet), Allan Sekula (Video: A Talk given by Mr. Fred Lux at the Lux Clock Manufacturing Company Plant in Lebanon, Tennessee, on Wednesday, September 15, 1954)
Duration: March 4–8, 1975, 1–6 p.m.
Dimensions: 11.1 x 15 cm
Further Information: One of her most notable works, Martha Rosler’s video Semiotics of the Kitchen is a satirical feminist critique, imitating TV home-cooking shows aimed at housewives. Starring herself, Rosler introduces kitchen tools in alphabetical order, incorporating odd gestures of her body, which likewise seems to become a “kitchen implement”. (See the work in a YouTube clip in the box on the right). In screening the work at The Kitchen, a project space in New York’s Chelsea district, Rosler chose an exhibition and performance venue that was and still is of high importance for New York’s early avant-garde movements. The Kitchen was originally founded by Steina and Woody Vasulka in 1971.
Further Links: thekitchen.org
Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page, apart from the video, are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.