Lisa E. Bloom
Lisa E. Bloom is the author of many books and articles in visual culture and feminist art history including her anthology With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture that demonstrates that feminist, postcolonial and antiracist concerns can be incorporated into the history of art. She is currently in residence at the Beatrice Bain Center in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley completing her latest book, Polar Aesthetics: Art, Feminism and the Climate Crisis in the Arctic and Antarctic that examines aspects of feminist and environmentalist art that conjoins issues routinely kept apart in climate change debates such as the fate of indigenous communities, resurgent nationalisms, globalizing capitalism as well as questions of gender, race, and persistent postcolonial relations.
Given the ongoing political upheavals in the US, and the EU, what kind of artists’ work is relevant in an age of populist uprisings, when the far right is gaining power throughout the world? Martha Rosler and Hito Steyerl: War Games, one of the most important exhibitions of the year, offers compelling evidence in answer to such a question.
Forest Law is a groundbreaking exhibition on imagining altering our course as we face runaway global warming and unprecedented environmental destruction.
Working with the constraints of limited space and resources, two Berkeley professors, Lauren Kroiz and Leigh Raiford and their graduate students began with the challenge: what if the museum could be viewed as a space of care rather than as an institutional setting that typically excludes and marginalizes Black art or relegates it to temporary exhibitions designed to correct the historical failure of the Black survey exhibition.