Rhoda Rosenberg, Dear Rhoda, Dear Sylvia, 2008
plate 31½ x 24 inches
paper 37½ x 29½ inches
Collection, Danforth Museum of Art
Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 6pm - 8pm
Wednesday, December 7, 12:30pm
Sunday, January 22, 3:00pm
When Rhoda Rosenberg’s mother died in 2002, the artist missed her terribly. As a young girl she’d wanted distance from her close knit family, but as a grieving adult she craved the sound of their voices. The memory of nylon stockings falling around her mother’s ankles each summer was no longer an embarrassment, nor were oft repeated stories “boring or silly.” Instead Rosenberg came to view them as a kind of “family thread,” connecting past and present.
Supported by waves of feminism that have ebbed and flowed throughout the second half of the 20th century, Rosenberg is very much part of family of women who’ve found their voice. Louise Bourgeois’ emotionally filled shapes, May Stevens’ incorporation of text, or Joan Snyder’s cherry trees shedding fruit – all resonate in a consideration of her work. Rosenberg’s artistic lineage may be complex, but it’s tightly knit, an absolute link to a wider understanding of her past and present.
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Rosenberg’s prints and artist books have appeared in one person and group shows since 1979, and Rosenberg’s recent solo exhibitions include The Shape of Memory, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA (2010); Rhoda Rosenberg: Fragments of the Past, Hallspace, Dorchester, MA (2010); New Work, Artist Proof Gallery, Johannesburg, (2008); On Their Own, The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA (2004); and Recent Work: Etchings and Books, Emmanuel College, Boston (1993). Her work is in numerous private collections, as well as in the permanent collections of the Danforth Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.