Lisa Bloom

Appointment Dates:
(Aug 16, 2017 – May 11, 2018)
Research Project:
Polar Aesthetics in the Anthropocene: Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis
This new book project focuses on environmental art, photography and film that attempts to bring to the forefront a transformed aesthetic and political sensibility of how to render visible the ongoing damage inflicted by environmental and climate breakdown and induce new affects of perception in the age of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch dominated by humans. The book addresses aspects of Arctic and Antarctic art bringing together ideas routinely kept apart in discussions on climate change and visual culture: gender with race, the fate of indigenous communities, resurgent nationalisms, globalizing fossil-fuel capitalism, and persistent postcolonial relations.
Bloom’s interdisciplinary research and pedagogical interests cuts across numerous fields including feminist art history, science studies, critical gender studies, film studies, cultural studies, and visual culture. She is the author of Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (University of Minnesota Press, 1993), the first critical book on the Arctic and Antarctic in the US written from a feminist and postcolonial perspective. Her other books include an edited anthology titled With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture (University of Minnesota Press,1999) and Jewish Identities in U.S. Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity. (Routledge, London, 2006). Since then she has co-edited a special issue of a journal, The Scholar and the Feminist, at Barnard College co-edited with Elena Glasberg and Laura Kay (Bloom, Glasberg, and Kay, 2008),  and has written articles on contemporary art and the Anthropocene  including more recently “Antarctica: Feminist Art Practices and Disappearing Polar Landscapes in the age of the Anthropocene,” in eds., Dodds, Hemmings, and Roberts,  Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017), and “Invisible Landscapes: Extreme Oil and the Arctic in Experimental Film and Activist Art Practices“ in eds., Korber, MacKenzie and Stenport, Arctic Environmental Modernities: From the Age of Polar Exploration to the Era of the Anthropocene (Palgrave, 2017), amongst others.