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Image: Joyce Campbell, Dry Valley (detail)
PRESS RELEASE 
February 25, 2019

Art Historian Lisa Bloom on Contemporary Art, Climate Change and the Polar Regions

Art Historian Lisa Bloom on Contemporary Art, Climate Change and the Polar Regions takes place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2 pm at the San Francisco Hunters Point Shipyard, the fourth program in the To The Point series.

In what ways do contemporary artists portray the environmental devastation taking place in the polar regions? Lisa E. Bloom shares her research on artists who, in new and imaginative ways, represent the effects of climate change.

Bloom’s new scholarship brings together issues kept apart in climate change debates such as gender, race, and sexuality in relation to nationalism, fossil-fuel capitalism, and post-colonialism. She argues that art and visual culture about the polar regions play a very key role in our thinking on the Anthropocene­.  She draws on a range of representations within contemporary art and visual culture (direct action, critical performance art, photography, site-specific work, and web pseudo-documentaries) to focus on disappearing landscapes made visible by women, artists of color and indigenous artists.

Bloom’s talk will highlight works by artists Connie Samaras (US), Joyce Campbell (New Zealand) and Judit Hersko (US/Hungary) from her upcoming book, Polar Aesthetics in the Anthropocene: Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis, be published by Duke University Press in 2020.

BIO:
Lisa E. Bloom is a Berkeley-based historian of contemporary art and visual culture. Her upcoming book Polar Aesthetics in the Anthropocene: Artists Respond to the Climate Crisiswill be published by Duke University Press. This new book, based on extensive global research, features new visual art perspectives on the subject related to her earlier book, Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (1993, U. of Minnesota Press), the first critical feminist and postcolonial cultural studies book on the polar regions. Bloom has also written extensively on the polar regions in the environmental humanities for journals and magazines. Her other books include the anthology With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) that examines how multiculturalism and feminism influenced the arts and Jewish Identities in U.S. Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity. (Routledge, London, 2006), which addresses the veiled role of Jewishness in the understanding of feminist art in the United States.

EVENT INFORMATION
Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 2 pm
Art Historian Lisa Bloom on Contemporary Art, Climate Change and the Polar Regions.
In what ways do contemporary artists portray the environmental devastation taking place in the polar regions? Drawing on aspects of feminism and environmentalism as well as visual culture, Lisa E. Bloom shares her research on artists who, in new and imaginative ways, represent the effects of climate change.

San Francisco Hunters Point Shipyard
Building 101, The Auditorium
101 Horn Avenue
San Francisco CA 94124

UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2 pm
At the Water’s Edge: Hunters Point and Beyond
Panelists Lindsey Dillon (sociologist, UC Santa Cruz), Susan Moffat (community leader, Love the Bulb; UC Berkeley ), Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, (historian, City College of San Francisco), and Matthew Peek (architect, University of San Francisco) share perspectives on the histories, current realities, and solutions for marginalized Bay Area neighborhoods and landscapes at the urban water’s edge. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11 am
Bay Area Experimental Film and Video
Local Film and Video artists will present a program of short experimental moving image works, followed by brief talks by each filmmaker, and a dialog among the various artists about their artistic process. Co-Curated and hosted by Gina Basso (independent film curator and Manager of Film Programs, SFMOMA) and Ryanaustin Dennis (independent curator, visual artist and Curatorial Council member, Southern Exposure)

All programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more information email: tothepoint@thepointart.com or call: 415.822.9675 Website: thepointart.com/tothepoint

All programs are free of charge and open to the public. 
For more information email: tothepoint@thepointart.com or call: 415.822.9675
Website: thepointart.com/tothepoint

To The Point programs are organized by Betti-Sue Hertz, Program Director. 

The Point, a family business devoted to providing affordable studios to artists since
1984, is sponsoring To The Point, a series of public programs--panel discussions, artist talks, lectures, conversations, performances and films--about art and important issues impacting the Hunters Point and Bayview neighborhoods, in memory of Jacques Terzian, who was instrumental in creating the Hunters Point Shipyard Artist community. 

The Point
Building 101 
101 Horn Avenue
San Francisco CA 94124
415.822.9675
tothepoint@thepointart.com
tothepointart.com/tothepoint
 
Contact: 
Betti-Sue Hertz
Program Director, To ThePoint 
bettisue@thepointart.com
Copyright © 2019 The Point, All rights reserved.


San Francisco Hunters Point Shipyard
Building 101, The Auditorium
101 Horn Avenue
San Francisco CA 94124

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