One of the art world's finest satirists. —Fred Camper, Chicago
One of L.A.'s best and most prickly artists —Clayton Campbell,
Hits home with shattering effect. —James Yood, Art in America
Darkly effective... Downright diabolical —Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times
Mordant observations of life in these United States —Cathy Curtis, Los Angeles Times
Rothenberg increasingly confronts not just the agencies of institutionalized greed but also the yearning for self-definition that even conscientious indiviudals bring to their relations with the commercial media. —Nancy Princenthal, Art in America
A profoundly moving exhibit about a subject that most often provokes denial or a turning away.—Michael T. Kaufman, The New York Times, writing about Suicide Notes
...touches people and makes them talk—Beatrice Colin, The Scotsman
[Her work's] real subject is America [with] a bleakness that suggests the view of America in the best works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joan Didion Michael Brenson, The New York Times
Praise for “The Road to Hollywood”: an exceptional work of public art…it ranks among the best public art projects in L.A. —Christopher Knight, The Los Angeles Times
Praise for “Freedom of Expression National Monument”:
The need for such a public platform has never been greater than it is now.” —Herbert Muschamp, The New York Times
Anyone who wants to can mount the platform and speak his or her mind. Try it. It’s an American tradition, to be exercised in the art world and everywhere else. —Roberta Smith, The New York Times
SELECTED ONE PERSON
Zolla-Lieberman Gallery, Chicago 1991, 94, 2001, 08
PPOW Gallery, New York 1985, 86, 87, 90, 92, 93, 96, 99
Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles 1988, 89, 91, 93, 95, 96,
Newport Harbor Art Museum 1989
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 1990
The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1992
Laguna Art Museum 1994
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow 1995
Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna 1992
Praz Delavallade, Paris 1997
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS:
1992-present Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, permanent collection display of America's Joyous Future
2004-present Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Monument to a Bear permanent installation in sculpture garden, la Jolla
Committed to Print, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1988
The Home Show, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum 1988
Word As Image 1960-1990, Milwaukee Art Museum, 1990
1991 Whitney Biennial, AIDS Time line, a Group Material Project,
The Whitney Museum, New York
Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany 1992
Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 1992
Uber-Leben, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn 1994
Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art, traveled US 1995-96, venues included Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix museums
Not Just for Laughs, 1980, Language, Drama, Source
and Vision, 1983,
Bad Girls, 1995, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Galerie im, Munich 1996
New Building Inaugural Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 1996
The End of the Century: Prints 1970-1997, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1997
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 1997, 1999, 2004
Billboard, MassMoca, Massachusetts, 1999
Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2000-2001
Whiteness: A Wayward Construct, Laguna Art Museum, 2003
Artists Interrogate: Politics and War, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, 2004
Situation Comedy, ICI traveling exhibition, 2005-7
Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists,
Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles 2008
Index: Conceptualism in California from the Permanent Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 2008
Sense of Humor, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI 2010
Go Tell It On The Mountain, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles 2012
Public Domain, a project for the Stockholm Independent Art Fair 2012
Read Into It, Dorfman Projects, NY 2011 "A Show About CoLab," Printed Matter, NY
Freedom of Expression National Monument, in collaboration with Laurie Hawkinson, architect and John Malpede, performance artist, intreractive public sculpture in New York, sponsored by Creative Time, Inc. 1984, reinstalled in New York, 2004
Billboard for Art Against Aids, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., 1989:Teenagers Don't Die From Aids.
Two Projects for the Los Angeles Festival, 1990: Billboard: There Are Still Traditional Families Van Nuys Boulevard, Window Installation: Have You Attacked America Today?, Soap Plant, Los Angeles.
The Wall of (Un)Fame, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Commission, Lakewood Boulevard Green Line Station, permanent installation, 1995
Under the Covers, Los Angeles Public Library, Robertson Branch Commission Permanent installation, 1998
The Road to Hollywood, Hollywood & Highland, Los Angeles, permanent public art work 2001
Modern Screen, Pasadena, permanent public art work 2003-2006
First International Sculpture Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Merida, Mexico Permanent interacive sculpture, "Monument to You" (in progress)
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
Museum of Modern Art. New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Allen Museum, Oberlin College, OH
Milwaukee Art Museum
Toledo Museum of Art
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Van Abbemuseum, Ghent
Musee d'Art Contemporain, Lausanne
The New School for Social Research, New York
The New York Public Library
Getty Research Institute
Hammer Museum at UCLA Grunwald Center
Art Matters 1990
Norton Family Foundation Grant for LA Festival Billboard 1990
Getty Center Artist's Fellowship 1993
TEACHING AND LECTURES
University of California, Los Angeles, CA, Visiting Assistant Professor 1995, 1997
Otis College of Art , Los Angeles, Graduate Program faculty 1996-1997; Senior Mentor, 1997-8
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA Visiting Artist 1987,
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY
Pratt Institute, New York, NY.
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY.
Carleton College, Northfield, MN.
Camera Work, San Francisco, CA.
Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA.
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA.
University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.
Phoenix Museum of Art
Akademie Der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna
Glasgow School of Art
Phoenix Art Museum
Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana
Brenson, Michael. Review, New York Times, Jan 6, 1984.
Lippard, Lucy. Review, The Village Voice, April 10, 1984.
Brenson, Michael. Review, New York Times, April 29, 1984.
Glueck, Grace. Review, The New York Times, July 13, 1984.
Larson, Kay. Review, New York Magazine, July 30, 1984.
Dunning, Jennifer. Review, The New York Times, Sept. 7, 1984
Adler, Margot. All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Sept. 10, 1984
Brenson, Michael. Review, New York Times, March 22, 1985.
Rosenblatt, Roger. The Atomic Salon, Time, July 29, 1985.
Brenson, Michael. Review, New York Times, March 28, 1986.
Baker, Kenneth. Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 9, 1986.
Heartney, Eleanor. Review, Art in America, July, 1986.
Brenson, Michael. Review, New York Times, Oct. 2, 1987.
Linker, Kate. Review, Artforum, Nov. 1987.
Wilson, William. Review, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 1988.
Conal, Robbie. Art Imitates Lifestyle, L.A. Weekly, April 1-7, 1988.
Curtis, Cathy.Coloring-Book Critique of 'America, the Perfect Country', Los Angeles Times, Aug. 19, 1989
Ed. Protest Art Vandalized at New Museum, Village Voice, Dec. 26, 1989.
Knight, Christopher. Erika Rothenberg's Delights of Dissent, Los Angeles Times, September 13, 1990
Curtis, Cathy. Mordant Observations on Life From Rothenberg, Los Angeles Times, July 15, 1991.
Yood, James. Review. Artforum, January, 1992.
Princenthal, Nancy, Review, Art in America, July, 1992.
Phillips, Patricia C., Review, Artforum, October, 1992.
Kandel, Susan. Review. Los Angeles Times, February 25, 1993.
Kapitanoff, Nancy. Pain and Grief Emerge in Exhibit of Suicide Notes, Los Angeles Times, February 27, 1993
Ed.People Art Talking About, Vogue, May, 1993.
Nesbitt, Lois. Review. Artforum, January 1994.
Bonami, Francesco. Review. Flash Art, January 1994.
Glueck, Grace. A Broader View of Feminism, The New York Observer, February 7, 1994.
Sichel, Berta. Notas de Suicidio, Poliester, Mexico, Summer 1994.
Artner, Alan G.. Rothenberg's Bits On the Sexes Are Anything But Routine, Chicago Tribune, July 1, 1994.
Barrett, David. Review. Art Monthly, London, April, 1995
Vogue, Germany, April, 1996
Harpers Magazine, January 1997, Sympathy Card: Weeping with the Enemy
Eva Forgacs, review, Art Issues, January/February 1997
Susan Otto, review, Art in America, June 1997
Ed. Erika Rothenberg,Time Out New York, July 3, 1997
Ollman, Leah, Review, Los Angeles Times, October 2, 1998
Kozloff, Joyce, Best Public Art Project of 1998, ArtNews, January 1999
Ise, Claudine, Review, Los Angeles Times, December 11, 1998
Yoblonsky, Linda, review, Time Out New York, May 19, 1999
Ed. Ten Top LA Artists Create the City of the Future, Los Angeles magazine, December 1999
Campbell, Clayton, Review, Flash Art Summer 2000
Boston Globe, February 1, 2001, “Lighten Up: Art with a Sense of Humor”
Kuklenski, Valerie, “Into Good Hands,” Los Angeles Daily News, September 21, 2000
Knight, Christopher, “The Road Daringly Traveled,” Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2002
Wilette, Jeanne S.M., “Whiteness: A Wayward Construction,” Art Scene, March 2003
Muschamp, Herbert, “Picturing the New Ground Zero,” New York Times, August 31, 2003
Koolhaas, Jeroen, The New Yorker, August 23, 2004
Zuckerman, Alisha, NPR Morning Edition, August 29, 2004
Gray, Katti “Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out,” Newsday, August 31, 2004
Trainor, James, “Freedom of Expression National Monument,” Frieze, November/December 2004
Freudenheim, Susan, "Casting a cold eye...on life and death, artist Erika Rothenberg addresses serious questions that some of her peers prefer not to grapple with," Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2005
Frank, Peter, "Art Picks of the Week," LA Weekly, April 8-14, 2005
Glazer, Milton and Ilic, Mirko, The Design of Dissent, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA, 2005
Myers, Holly, Dynamically capturing the feminist spriit, Los Angeles Times, 3.13.07
Lovelace, Carey, Girls, Girls, Girls, Art in America, June/July 07