Lisa Bloom

Lisa E. Bloom, Ph.D.
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Ph.D., History of Consciousness, University of California at Santa Cruz. 
M.F.A., Museum Studies and History of Photography and Video, Rochester Institute of Technology and Visual Studies Workshop.
B.A., Art History, Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.


Visual culture, film and media studies,  cultural studies, science studies, feminist studies, and contemporary art history.


Climate Change and Contemporary Art of the Polar Regions: Gender after Ice
Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity (London: Routledge, 2006)
Editor, With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999).
Japanese Translation: Tokyo, Japan:  Saiki-sha, 2000.
Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993).


“When Ice is Just Ice: Gender and the Everyday in the Arctic Art of Katja Aglert.” Published for the Winter Event – Antifreeze, published in (Art and Theory, Stockholm, Sweden, March, 2014). 127-133.

“Connie Samaras’ Futures in Extreme Environments: Toward a New Aesthetics of Daily Life and Survival.” For the exhibition catalogue edited by Irene Tastsos, Connie Samaras: Tales of Tomorrow. (DAP Press, 2013).

“Polar Fantasies and Aesthetics in the Work of Isaac Julien, True North and Fantôme Afrique.”Catalogue for the Retrospective of Isaac Julien,  Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil, pp. 92-129, (2012).

“Extreme Temperatures: The Work of Nathalie Talec,” for the exhibition catalogue: Nathalie Talec: The One Who Sees Blindly, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, April 2012.

“Disappearing Ice and Missing Data: Visual Culture of the Polar Regions and Global Warming.” Written in collaboration with Elena Glasberg. In eds., Andrea Polli and Jane Marsching, Far Fields: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles, Intellect Press, 2012.

Connie Samaras’ “After the American Century,” for the exhibition catalogue: Connie Samaras: built environments, speculative landscapes, and consumer excesses of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, at the University of California, Riverside, California Museum of Photography, February, 2011.

“Visual Culture of the Polar Regions and Global Warming: Data, New Media and New Problems.”  Written in collaboration with Elena Glasberg. Media N-Journal, the Journal of the New Media Caucus, College Art Associate Affiliate Society, Spring, 2010.

“Arctic Spaces: Politics and Aesthetics in Gender on Ice and True North,”

Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, issue 26, Spring 2010, pp. 30-37.

“Negotiating Feminisms in Contemporary Asian Women’s Art.” In ed., Amelia Jones Feminism and Visual Culture, 2nd edition, London: Routledge, 2010.

“Tableaux Vivants, Dying Empires: Eleanor Antin’s The Last Days of Pompeii, Roman Allegories and Helen’s Odyssey (2001-2007)" in a special issue on "Material Histories, n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, volume 24, July 2009, pp. 13-21“

“Polar Fantasies and Aesthetics in the Work of Isaac Julien and Connie Samaras in The Scholar and the Feminist (Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York City, Issue 7.1: Fall 2008). Online at:

“Introduction to Special Issue: Gender on Ice: Feminist Approaches to the Arctic and Antarctic,” in The Scholar and the Feminist (Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York City, Issue 7.1: Fall 2008). Written in collaboration with Laura Kay and Elena Glasberg. Online at:

“Barbies’s Jewish Roots: Jewish Women’s Bodies and Feminist Art,“  in  Nathan Abrams (ed.) Jews and Sex, London, (Nottingham: Five Leaves, 2008), 121-137.

“Ghosts of Ethnicity: Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art,” in Daniel Rosenberg, Practicing Jews: Art, Identity and Culture, (University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2009). Online at:

“True North: Isaac Julien’s Aesthetic Wager,” republished in  German and English in Isaac Julien: True north : Fantôme Afrique, edited by Veit Görner and Eveline Bernasconi : [Distributed in North America by] D.A.P., Distributed Art Publishers, 2006. Catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition Isaac Julien--True north/Fantôme Afrique, held at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, June 23-Aug. 20, 2006.

“The Contradictory Circulation of Fine Art and Antiques on eBay.” In Everyday eBay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire, eds. Ken Hillis, Michel Petit with Nathan Scott Epley, (Routledge, New York, 2006).

“True North: Isaac Julien’s Aesthetic Wager,” in  Isaac Julien: True North (Mak Center for Art and Architecture and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2005).

“Creating Transnational Women’s Art Communities in Asia,” in Amelia Jones, The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader (London: Routledge; 2003).

“Gender, Race and Nation in Japanese Contemporary Art and Criticism.” The Visual Culture Reader, ed. Nicholas Mirzoeff. (London: Routledge, 2002)

"Gender, Nationalism, and Internationalism in Japanese Contemporary Art: Some Recent Writings and Work." in n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal,  vol. 5 (London, England,  2000), 35-43.

"Writing Your Own Script: Revisioning the 1970s and the 1980s Through the Work of     Eleanor Antin," in Eleanor Antin , eds. Howard N. Fox, Lisa E. Bloom, and Eleanor Antin.  (New York and Los Angeles:  Distributed Art Publishers in Conjunction with the Los Angeles County Museum,1999), 159-189.

"Contests for Meaning in Body Politics and Feminist Art Discourses of the 1970s: The Work of Eleanor Antin ," in Performing the Body/Performing the Text, eds., Amelia Jones and Andrew Stephenson, (London: Routledge, 1999), 153-169.

What America Stands For: Gender, Religion, and Nationalism in Life Magazine's Photographs around World War II," Rim: Pacific Rim Women's Studies Association Journal, vol. 1, no.7, forthcoming, March 1999.

"Gender, Jewish Identity and Representation: U.S. Photographer and Feminist Martha Rosler Reconsidered."The Bulletin of the Graduate School of Josai International     University , No.2, March 1998.

Guest Editor, Gender, Colonialism, Discourses of Popular Science and Development Special issue for Review of  Japanese Culture and Society, Volume IX, Fall, 1998.

"The Arctic Imagined in 19th and 20th Century Visual Culture." Rim: Pacific Rim Women's Studies Association Journal, vol. 1, no.6, March 1998. In Japanese

"Science and Writing: Two National Narratives of Failure." Writing Science;  Ed., Tim Lenoir, forthcoming, (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, Spring, 1998.

"Ghosts of Ethnicity: Rethinking Art Discourses of the 1940s and 1980s." Socialist Review  #94/ 1-2. Special Double Issue entitled" Arranging Identities," (Winter/Spring, 1995), 129-164.

"Constructing Whiteness: Popular Science and National Geographic  in the Age of Multiculturalism." eds. Roddey Reid, Mario Biagioli, Sharon Traweek, Configurations, Vol. 2, no. 1, Winter 1994, pp. 15-32.