Art History Essay examples

2026 Words Jan 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Tiffany Sudarma
History of Photography II
Anna Lovatt
September 28, 2015

Martha Rosler’s Gender Perspective During the Age of War

As a form of art, photography expresses documents, personal visions, and memories that can often define images as very powerful and iconic. In the series Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful (1967-72), Martha Rosler, an American artist specializing in video, performance, installation and photo-text about art and culture, compiles ten photomontages from different magazines in order to convey the controversial issue of war during the early second part of the 20th century. Rosler uses a variety of mediums, but her most recognizable medium is photomontages and photo-collage. Constructed during the peak
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The War was fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerilla forces aided by North Vietnamese. Despite the increase in American involvement and signed peace agreements in 1973, the war did not end until 1975. It may have been the longest war that Americans were involved in. Before the war ended, Richard Nixon had been elected for president with a secret plan for peace- “a plan he kept secret from the American people as young Americans continued to die for a mission high-ranking officials of two administrations had decided was unwinnable.” This shows that the country was deeply divided due to the lack of truthfulness from President Nixon. The civilians were supporting the troops while they sacrificed for a policy that is not working that shows panic and prejudice, not true patriotism. The nation’s tendency to turn a blind eye to the malfeasance seemed to be tailor made for Martha Rosler. Rosler spent much of her career emphasizing that Americans’ pursuit of money and success distracted them from the U.S.’s shortcomings.
By this strong imagery, Rosler conveys to the average American, who continue to live their lives as they normally would, the disaster of war by bringing a distant opaque conflict into the domestic arena. From the viewer’s perspective in figure 1, the curtain in the picture represents a veil that American society chose to have present during that time and covering what was happening in the

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