Mika Rottenberg (b. 1976, Argentina) explores labor, value and production in our capitalistic and globally connected world. Her art practice includes video, drawing and sculpture created in a unique visual language that produces amplified distortions of our current global reality. For example, her immersive installations reveal an absurd collection of empty commodities, highlighting the senselessness of global distribution labor and wealth. Throughout her many projects, Rottenberg delivers sharp societal criticism with humor and cheeky exaggeration.
Born in Buenos Aires, Rottenberg spent her formative years in Israel, and then moved to the US for higher education. She earned her BA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and an MFA from Columbia University in 2004. In 2018, Rottenberg was the recipient of the Kurt Schwitters Prize and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize. Today, her works are found in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), among other public and private collections worldwide. The artist lives and works in New York City.
Mika Rottenberg addresses themes of labor and value in her interdisciplinary practice. El Anatsui explores similar concepts in his sculpture and printmaking practices, often employing entire villages to complete his monumental projects. View his work.
- In the collection of our sister gallery, form & concept, Thais Mather also explores roles that women play in contemporary society—from mothers to often-anonymous creators of craft objects. View her work.
Love of Prints16 May - 20 Jun 2020Zane Bennett Contemporary Art takes a look at what makes a dynamic duo in The Love of Prints , our new online exhibition. As some couples in quarantine are getting more together-time than ever before, other partnered-up lovers are navigating distance, travel bans and Zoom dates amidst a global pandemic....
Mika Rottenberg at Henry Art GalleryUniversity of Washington, Faye G. Allen Center for the Arts, Seattle, WA November 23, 2019This group exhibition engages artists whose work addresses narratives, communities, and histories that are typically hidden or invisible in our public space (both conceptually and...
Mika Rottenberg at MCABergman Family Gallery, Chicago, IL October 2, 2019Presenting several recent projects including Rottenberg’s newest video installation Spaghetti Blockchain (2019), which explores ancient and contemporary ideas about materialism, the exhibition traces central themes...
Mika Rottenberg at New MuseumNew York, NY June 26, 2019This exhibition marks the first New York solo museum presentation of work by New York–based artist Mika Rottenberg (b. 1976, Buenos Aires, Argentina). Easypieces is...
Top Picks | Women's History MonthMarch 5, 2021'If you ask someone walking past you on the street or even in an art gallery to name five male artists, the response will be swift. If you ask the same person to name five female artists, the answer will most likely come after some thought,' says Print Curator Kylee Aragon Wallis in her 2020 statement for Women in Print . That timely exhibition, organized the same year that the Baltimore Museum of Art vowed to only purchase works by women for their permanent collection in an effort to rectify...