Collection Artwork
Martha Rosler (born Brooklyn, New York, 1943)
Bathroom Surveillance or Vanity Eye [from Body Beautiful, or Beauty Knows No Pain]
c. 1966-1972
image size: 18 1/8 x 19 1/8 in.
frame size: 24 7/8 x 20 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.
Gift of Jane Greenberg, Class of 1981
United States, North America
3/10 with 2 APs
Signed in ink on Mitchell-Innes & Nash label, adhered board verso, upper right: Martha Rosler

Object Label

Appropriation from pop-culture sources has been a tool for many feminist artists. Rosler’s use of commercial imagery re-contextualizes mass media’s depictions, while exposing the everyday myths, absurdities, and complexities associated with femininity. Reworking the patriarchal ‘male gaze’ as a subversive tool in popular cultural imagery, Rosler reveals the power of mass media and its influence on notions of gender, sexuality, and domesticity. Bathroom Surveillance or Vanity Eye exposes that the forces of oppression that are played out in the privacy of the home are inseparable from the public sphere.

From the exhibition: Dismantling the House (August 21 – October 18, 2015)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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