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New York Times art critic Michael Brenson commented that Erika Rothenberg's real subject is America, with a "bleakness that suggests the view of American in the best works of F.Scott Fitzgerald and Joan Didion..." This mordant 1991 work seems to grow in relevance amidst the constant coverage of the presidential election and the exhaustive and (often) inane examination by the media of the likes and dislikes of the American people.

Made in an edition of 10, "America's Joyous Future" this is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. It has been exhibited at Documenta IX, Kassel; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Over the past five years, Rothenberg’s work has been exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum; Zolla Lieberman Gallery, Chicago; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York; Mass MOCA and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She has executed two public art projects: The Road To Hollywood, in Hollywood, California in 2001, and Freedom of Expression National Monument in New York City, 2004, commissioned by Creative Time. Freedom, in collaboration with architect Laurie Hawkinson and performance artist John Malpede, was a re-creation of a piece originally installed twenty years ago in lower Manhattan. Christopher Knight, writing in the Los Angeles Times, called the Road to Hollywood “an exceptional work of public art…it ranks among the best public art projects in L.A.”

Roberta Smith, writing in The New York Times, said about Freedom of Expression National Monument: “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.”

Rothenberg’s work has been widely exhibited at museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany. Rothenberg has taught at Cal Arts, UCLA and Otis College of Art and received grants from the Getty and Norton Foundations. Her work is in many private and public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art. New York; LACMA, MOCA, the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

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