Margaret Murphy

A Ten-Year Survey, Decoding the Marketplace: coupons, dollar stores, and eBay
Rosenberg Gallery
Goucher College

In Margaret Murphy, A Ten-Year Survey, Decoding the Marketplace: coupons, dollar stores, and eBay, a new art exhibit at Goucher College, Murphy finds inspirations in everyday life and turns them into a critical dialogue about contemporary culture.

Highlighting the last decade of the artist's career through about 40 select paintings, mixed-media works on paper, and installations, the exhibit pulls from several of her important series: The Tarot Cards (1997-2000), The Henna Hands (2001) The Decoy (2002 - 2005), The Sweet 16 (2005 - 2007), The Parlor Paintings (2006-2007), Celebration (2008 - 2009), and The Fragments (2010). For the exhibit, mass-produced objects represent Murphy's reflections on consumerism, religion, and gender roles. A deck of cards and a dollar-store ring find their way into the paintings in provocative and conceptually meaningful ways.

Earlier works included in this exhibit humorously critique attachment to the material world by focusing on cultural stereotypes and "quick fixes." Later series reveal Murphy's feminist concerns because the protagonists embody images of "female identification," ranging from a caring mother to a seductive dancer. The exhibit is curated by Midori Yoshimoto, associate professor of art history and director of two galleries at New Jersey City University. More information about Murphy, a Baltimore-born artist, can be found at

Dates: October 17, 2012 - January 4, 2013
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 9, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday The Rosenberg Gallery is free and open to the public. The Rosenberg Gallery program is funded with the assistance of grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the NEA and the Baltimore County Commission on the Arts and Sciences.