Martha Rosler. Semiotics of the Kitchen. 1975

Martha Rosler

Semiotics of the Kitchen

1975

Medium
Video (black and white, sound)
Duration
6:09 min.
Credit
Purchase
Object number
718.1981
Copyright
© 2017 Martha Rosler. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
Department
Media and Performance Art
This work is not on view.
Martha Rosler has 47 works online.
There are 2,232 videos online.

In this performance Rosler takes on the role of an apron-clad housewife and parodies the television cooking demonstrations popularized by Julia Child in the 1960s. Standing in a kitchen, surrounded by refrigerator, table, and stove, she moves through the alphabet from A to Z, assigning a letter to the various tools found in this domestic space. Wielding knives, a nutcracker, and a rolling pin, she warms to her task, her gestures sharply punctuating the rage and frustration of oppressive women's roles. Rosler has said of this work, "I was concerned with something like the notion of 'language speaking the subject,' and with the transformation of the woman herself into a sign in a system of signs that represent a system of food production, a system of harnessed subjectivity."

Gallery label from Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, September 15, 2010-March 14, 2011

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