1974-75\, Series of 45 gelatin silver prints of text and ima ges on 24 backing boards
Kirk Gallery


The Adam Art Gallery is proud to present a one work exhibition of Martha Rosler’s The Bowery i n Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems (1974-75). A seminal piece of pho to-conceptual art and a reference point in traditions of socially-oriented creative practice\, The Bowery offers a portrait of what was once New York City’s most archetypical skid-row. Pairing images of derelict stor efronts and empty street corners with a descriptive poetics of drunkenness and vagrancy\, Rosler’s photo-text installation refuses the direct represen tation of an implied human subject in favour of a layered interrogation of the adequacy of both visual and literary modes to the experience of social marginalisation. Nonetheless\, the work insists upon the political resonanc e of the material settings of urban blight. Images and text are intersperse d with occasional blank panels in the space of a photographic image\, and i t is this dialectic between concreteness and the incommensurable which lend s The Bowery its enduring critical charge. Martha Rosler works in video\, photography\, text\, installation\, and performance\, and as an ess ayist and social commentator. Her preoccupations center on everyday life an d the politics of the public sphere\, often with an attention to women’s ex perience. The Adam Art Gallery will host a series of public events to suppo rt this exhibition\, including two fora on documentary practice co-sponsore d by the Elam School of Fine Arts\, University of Auckland. Martha Rosler w ill participate in the inaugural Adam Art Gallery Skype Conversati on series in early 2013\, discussing politics\, activism\, and the digital commons in the context of her recent projects.


Gallery clos ed for summer break from 22 December 2012 to 21 January 2013.

LOCATION:Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi\,Victoria University of Wellington Gate 3\, Kelburn Parade \nWellington \, New Zealand SUMMARY:The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems\, Martha Rosler END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR