Faculty Response:
As a well-known satirical artist, Erika Rothenberg cleverly examines cultural and socio-economic issues with a slightly feminist bend. In Phone Sex, she exposes the duality of aggression and eagerness that underscore humanity's need for validation. Is the silhouetted head jutting backward with enthusiasm or coercion? Is the figure begging to be heard or being forced to speak? Even the silhouette's identity is kept secret like a private joke as Rothenberg mixes traditional, physical gender identifiers to create an ambiguous personification that can become anyone and everyone. Katie Pershon GVSU Art Gallery
Current Location:
Section 21 (VS) -> Middle Shelf (VS21)
Location Notes:
IDC; Vertical Storage; Section 21; Middle Shelf

William Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Art ➔ 'Phone Sex

Artwork
Identifier:
2009.6.2a-b
Artist:
Erika Rothenberg
Credit:
Gift of Richard Lieberman
Medium:
Wood, Metal, and Cable
Date:
1991
Dimensions:
Artworks -
Description:
Carved wood profile of a woman's head with hanging microphone above.
Historical Context:
Praised by the Chicago Reader as "one of the art world's finest satirists," Erika Rothenberg is known for art with a sharp, comedic edge that explores culture and social issues. Born and raised in New York City, Rothenberg has exhibited work all over the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Wikipedia Summary:
Library of Congress Subjects:
Telephone sex