January 22: Martha Rosler, Flower Fields (1974 | 3:37 min.), Backyard Economy I (1974 | 3:26 min.), Backyard Economy II (1974 | 6:32 min.)

In these three short, early Super-8 films, Rosler reflects on the relationship between labor and leisure. In the film Flower Fields, Rosler creates a color field painting from the vivid flower-growing fields along Highway 5 in California, which provide a living for the many, most undocumented, workers in the area. Set in the arch-American "home movie" context of a sunny suburban yard, Backyard Economy I and II document the mundane activities of a woman going about her domestic chores. Quietly depicting this figure in the tasks of mowing and watering the grass, hanging laundry to dry, and keeping her son company, Rosler points up the labor that allows leisure, and interrogates the "economy" that creates her role.