CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY
OCT 22- DEC 3 2016
A reinstallation of my 1992 Museum of Modern Art exhibition of 90 satirical greeting cards.
ARTFORUM REVIEW OF HOUSE OF CARDS, ZOLLA/LIEBERMAN GALLERY 2015:
"... She is a harsh social critic with a facility for image-making, language and design. Far from its comfortable home on Comedy Central or in The Onion, irony in Rothenberg’s hands is a barbed political weapon, and she wields it to underscore the very real injustices she observes in daily life."
Companies like Hallmark make greeting cards for hundreds of occasions, but so many are left out! My Greeting Card pieces redress this shortcoming. In 1992 the Museum of Modern Art, New York, invited me to do a one-person exhibition as part of its Projects series. I have been making satirical greeting cards from 1991 to today, but this was my chance to create a portrait of America in a large space on the main floor of a hugely attended museum. The 90 hand-painted greeting cards are a compendium of every awful, ignorant thing we do to one another. They are arranged in sections— Politics, The Economy, Racism, Religion, etc. — and push the envelope of acceptability and taste.
I have always been fascinated by the directories on the facades of religious institutions, so I decided to start making my own versions.