Exhibitions/ Art Object

Red Stripe Kitchen, from the series "House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home"

Artist:
Martha Rosler (American)
Date:
1967–72, printed early 1990s
Medium:
Chromogenic print
Dimensions:
Image: 59.5 x 45.2 cm (23 7/16 x 17 13/16 in.) Frame: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 2002
Accession Number:
2002.393
Rights and Reproduction:
© Martha Rosler 1970, 2002
Not on view
This work is from Rosler's seminal series Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful-a group of images originally published in the underground newspapers that sprung up in the late 1960s in opposition to the Vietnam War. Reviving the modernist tradition of political photomontage epitomized by John Heartfield's anti-Hitler covers for the German magazine AIZ, Rosler combined preexisting mass media images from documentary (Life) and lifestyle (House Beautiful) magazines to devastating effect.

In this example, Rosler shows two GIs rooting through an up-to-the-minute designer kitchen color-coordinated in blood red. More than a trenchant comment on America's first "TV war," Red Stripe Kitchen is also a harbinger of our own present moment, in which media images of domestic comfort and security no longer seem to keep the violence and chaos of the outside world at bay.
Inscription: Signed in ink on mount, verso BR: "Martha Rosler"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Photographs from the Collection VII," July 15, 2003–December 14, 2003.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Mia Fineman, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

FINEMAN, MIA. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 197, pp. 195, 254.



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