Lisa E. Bloom

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Lisa E. Bloom (born 1958) is an American cultural critic, educator and feminist art historian specializing in polar studies, contemporary art, environmental art, history of photography, visual culture and film studies and is known for her books and essay contributions to these areas.


Lisa E. Bloom earned a B.A. from Trinity College (Connecticut) in art history, a MFA in the History of Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and from Visual Studies Workshop and a Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program, University of California, Santa Cruz where she did her thesis under the direction of James Clifford, Donna Haraway, and Hayden White. She also has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University (1993-1995) and a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University.


Bloom has taught art history and cultural studies at the University of California, San Diego, Josai International University, the University of California, Irvine; San Francisco State University, San Francisco Art Institute and the University of California, Santa Cruz She is currently a visiting scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.[1]

Books and essay contributions

Bloom is the author of many books, including Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (1993),[2] which is the first critical book on the Arctic and Antarctic written from a feminist perspective. This book in polar studies and polar exploration literature was described by the Women's Review of Books as, "...part of a long overdue effort to rewrite the old sexist and racist histories of exploration".[3] Publishers Weekly described it as “making a good case for her intriguing central thesis“.[4]

Her edited anthology titled With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture (1999),[5] demonstrates how feminist, postcolonial and antiracist concerns can be successfully incorporated into the history of art,[6] and includes essays by Irit Rogoff, Jennifer Gonzalez, Caren Kaplan, Inderpal Grewal, Griselda Pollock, Zoe Leonard, Francette Pacteau, amongst others. Her work on this topic continues in her articles on artists such as Isaac Julien,[7] Eleanor Antin,[8] Connie Samaras,[9] Natalie Talec,[10] and Katja Aglert[11] and in essays on Chinese and Japanese feminist contemporary art in anthologies such as Feminism and Visual Culture, edited by Amelia Jones[12] and in the Visual Culture Reader, edited by Nicholas Mirzoeff.[13]

She is the also the author of Jewish Identities in U.S. Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity (2006) that explores the place of Jewishness in feminist art in the United States. It was described in Art History (journal) as addressing a topic that is under-theorized and difficult to talk about.[14] Her ongoing work in this area includes Ghosts of Ethnicity: Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art (2007),[15] and an article on Jewish women’s bodies titled, Barbies’s Jewish Roots: Jewish Women’s Bodies and Feminist Art (2008).[16]

Bloom’s ongoing work on gender, climate change and the polar regions includes co-editing with Laura Kay and Elena Glasberg a special issue on polar art for the online journal, The Scholar and Feminist Online at Barnard College (2008),[17] a 2012 article on climate change, art, and the polar regions co-written with Elena Glasberg titled Disappearing Ice and Missing Data: Visual Culture of the Polar Regions and Global Warming,[18] and a 2015 article on oil and the polar regions titled Witnessing Climate Change: Oil, Geopolitics and Landscapes of Invisibility.[19]


  1. ^ "Lisa Bloom - Center for Study of Women". UCLA. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  2. ^ "Gender on Ice". University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  3. ^ Jeanne Kay, “Ice Follies,” Women’s Review of Books 11 (7), 1994, 21-22.
  4. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Gender on Ice by Lisa Bloom". Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  5. ^ With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture (1999)
  6. ^ Jessica Dallow , Essay Review "Art," Identity, and Difference: Three (double)takes on Visual Culture? With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture, edited by Lisa Bloom. NWSA Journal, Volume 15, no. 2 (Summer 2003), pp.135-143.
  7. ^ Lisa Bloom, “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; Lisa Bloom, “Arctic Spaces: Politics and Aesthetics in Gender on Ice and True North,” Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Artˆ, issue 26, Spring 2010, pp. 30-37.
  8. ^ “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; and Lisa Bloom,"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.
  9. ^ Lisa Bloom, “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).
  10. ^ Lisa Bloom, “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.
  11. ^ Lisa Bloom, “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.
  12. ^ Lisa Bloom, “Negotiating Feminisms in Contemporary Asian Women’s Art.” In ed., Amelia Jones Feminism and Visual Culture, 2nd edition, London: Routledge, 2010.
  13. ^ Lisa Bloom, "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.
  14. ^ Rachel Garfield, “A Bifurcated History (And So it Goes On),” Art History 30(5),December 2007, 785-91.
  15. ^ “Ghosts of Ethnicity: Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art,” in Daniel Rosenberg, Practicing Jews: Art, Identity and Culture, (University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2009).
  16. ^ Lisa Bloom, “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.
  17. ^ "Gender on Ice". S&F Online. Barnard University, Barnard Center for Research on Women. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  18. ^ Lisa Bloom, 2012. “Disappearing Ice and Missing Data: Visual Culture of the Polar Regions and Global Warming.” In Polli, A. and Marsching. J. (eds.), Far Fields: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles, Intellect Press, 117-142.
  19. ^ Lisa Bloom, 2015. “Witnessing Climate Change: Oil, Geopolitics and Landscapes of Invisibility,” for the anthology edited by Anna Stenport, Scott Mackenzie, and Lill-Ann Korber, “When Worlds Collide: Arctic Ecological Imagination.” (Rodopi, 2015).

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  • Lisa Bloom Bio from UCLA
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