Ellen Rothenberg's work is concerned with the politics of everyday life and the formation of communities through collaborative practices. Her installations and public projects often employ the iconography of social movements and their residual documents to interrogate contemporary political engagement and social dialogue. In her projects, we find familiar materials such as newspapers, protest placards, and public signage… often reformed, refashioned, and rewritten; drawing our attention to the assumptions that animate the world around us.
Her work has been presented in the US and Europe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; the Royal Festival Hall, London; the Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; and the Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen. Recent exhibitions include Experimental Geography, curated by Nato Thompson and ICI, NYC. Rothenberg is currently engaged in a cultural exchange project with the Brukenthal National Museum and the Astra National Museum Complex, Sibiu, Romania. Rothenberg continues to work as a co-organizer of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project.