ELENA SHTROMBERG portrait
  • Associate Professor, Art/Art History Department
801-581-8677

Creative Research

  • Organized a major survey of Video Art in Latin America at LAXART Gallery in Los Angeles, September 16-December 17, 2017. The first major U.S. survey of the subject from the late 1970s until today, featuring works rarely if ever seen in the U.S. and introducing audiences to groundbreaking achievements throughout Latin America. The exhibition begins with the earliest experiments in South America, where video became an important medium for expressing dissent during an era dominated by repressive military regimes, and follows themes that emerged in multiple artistic centers throughout Latin America, from labor, ecology, and migration to borders, memory, and consumption. The exhibition also highlights the ways in which contemporary video artists in Latin America continue to pursue the sociopolitical commitment of earlier work, exploring themes related to identity and the consequences of social inequality, without shying away from humor and irony. The single-channel video programs will be complemented by a selection of environmental video installations. Exhibition, completed 2017.
    http://laxart.org/exhibitions/view/pacific-standa...
  • Brazilian Video Art Rubell Collection Museum, Miami, FL- Art Basel Miami Co-curated with Glenn Phillips Rubell Collection Museum, Miami, FL A focused show of Brazilian video art from the 1970s to the present for the Rubell Collection Museum during Art Basel Miami 2016. Including works by Sonia Andrade, Rodrigo Cass, Anna Bella Geiger, Sandra Kogut, Cinthia Marcelle, Leticia Parente, and Berna Reale. Exhibition, completed 2016.
    https://rfc.museum/exhibitions/current-exhibitions...
  • Dissonance, Video Art from Latin America at the Getty Research Institute Co-curated with Glenn Phillips, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA Artist videos ranging from the 1970s until today from Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia in which artists are uniquely reflect on and respond to discord. Including work by Mauricio Alejo, Brooke Alfaro, Sonia Andrade, Sybil Brintrup, CADA, Virginia de Medeiros, Gabriela Golder, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Alejandro Leonhardt and Matías Rojas, Pablo Lobato, Cinthia Marcelle, Amanda Melo, Carlos Mota, Clemete Padín, and Martín Sastre. Exhibition, completed 2016.
    http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/e...

Presentations

  • “Repensar lo audiovisual desde el archivo: 40 años del Festival Franco chileno de Videoarte”, El Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo (CNAC), Santiago, Chile, Dec 2021. , Presented, 2021.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL8LzzADc74
  • Plenary Session participant in “Afterlives, Colonialism, and Indigenous Cultures of the Americas: A Conversation,” Afterlives: Reinvention, Reception, and Reproduction, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Los Angeles, November 2021. , Presented, 2021.
  • Department of Art and Design, Visiting Lecturer Program, Art Insights, Southern Utah University, October 5, 2021. , Presented, 2021.
  • Speaker in “Matters of Fact: The Concrete and the Conceptual in 1970s Latin America,” MOMA NYC, Sept, 2021. , Presented, 2021.
  • Keynote Lecture, “Video’s Posthistorical Memory and Colonial Representation” for AKA PACHA: Contemporary Art in las Américas, Workshop at Academy of Fine Arts, Dresden Germany, Sept, 2021. , Presented, 2021.
  • “The Politics of Memory in Video Art from Latin America,” Technical University, Dresden, Germany, May 2021. , Presented, 2021.
  • Moderator, panel on “Public and Visual Art” Utah Presents, part of the series Artists Elevated: Discussing Equity and Creativity in the Mountain West, January 2021. , Presented, 2021.
    https://www.utahpresents.org/artistselevated/
  • Lecture and Screening, University of Houston “ The Politics of Memory in Video Art,”. , Accepted, 2020.
  • Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Democracy, University of British Columbia, Canada. , Presented, 2019.
  • A presentation and video screening at Momentum in Berlin, Germany. , Presented, 2019.
  • Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford University, Roundtable with Oscar Muñoz and Natalia Brizuela. "The Matter of Photography in the Americas.”. , Presented, 2018.
  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, UC Berkeley, Screening/Lecture on Video Art in Latin America. , Presented, 2018.
  • Fowler Museum, UCLA, Respondent for symposium "Blackness and the Art of Empowerment in Bahia, Brazil" accompanying the exhibit Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis. , Other, 2018.
  • UC Santa Barbara, Screening and Lecture on Video Art in Latin America. , Presented, 2018.
  • West Hollywood Public Library, Screening and Lecture on Video Art in Latin America. , Presented, 2017.
  • Cal State Long Beach, School of Art, Screening and Lecture on Defiant Bodies from Video Art in Latin America. , Presented, 2017.
  • UCLA, Department of Art, Lecture on Video Art in Latin America. , Presented, 2017.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Lecture on the exhibition Anna Maria Maiolino,. , Presented, 2017.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvBS3rYPlU4
  • The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Lecture on the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985. , Presented, 2017.
  • California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), Lecture on Video Art in Latin America. , Presented, 2017.
  • UCLA, Art History Department, Seminar: Latin America on Display in Los Angeles: Surveying the Field. , Presented, 2017.
  • "Memory and Forgetting," Public Workshop on "Latin American Art & Memory", History of Art and Architecture , UCSB. , Presented, 2017.
  • Guest Lecture, CLAVIS, Center for Latin American Visual Studies, University of Texas, Austin,. , Presented, 2017.
  • Guest lecture and book presentation at Rice University, Houston, TX. , Presented, 2016.
  • “The Art and Crisis of the Cruzeiro in Cildo Meireles’s Banknote Projects,” Williams College, Williamstown, MA, October, 2016. , Presented, 2016.
  • “The Cartography of Place in Brazilian Art,” ABRALIC (Associação Brasileira de Literatura Comparada), Rio de Janeiro, 2016. , Presented, 2016.
  • "A Systems Perspective of Brazilian Art"at The Forum Transregionale Studien “Global Modernisms: Contiguities, Infrastructures and Aesthetic Practices” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. , Presented, 2015.
    http://arthist.net/archive/11277
  • Recent Video Art from Latin America, Screening and discussion, CalArts. , Presented, 2015.
    https://www.calarts.edu/event/2015-10-27/structuri...
  • Keynote lecture, Political Topographies, Crossing The Boundaries 2014, Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, Binghamton University (April 4-5th, 2014). , Presented, 2014.
  • Participant in a panel discussion at Oi Futuro Flamengo, on the occasion of Brazilian artist Sonia Andrade’s video art installation “Get with Mandrake Root.” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 8, 2010. , Presented, 2010.
  • "Border Crossings and the Art of the de la Torre Brothers." Art Talk event at the Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah, April 2, 2010. , Presented, 2010.
  • “Patterns in Mexican Art.” Keynote lecture for the Evening for Educators: Mexican Art event at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, March 10, 2010. , Presented, 2010.
  • Video Screening and talk, “States of Crisis”, Archiv der Avantgarden, Dresden, Germany July 8, 2021. , Presented, 2021.
  • Moderator, panel on “Public and Visual Art” Utah Presents, part of the series Artists Elevated: Discussing Equity and Creativity in the Mountain West, January 2021. , Presented, 2021.
  • “Changing Roles: Reinvisioning the Colonial Other” in Visual Culture of Resistance in Brazil, BRASA, Austin, TX, March 2020. , Accepted, 2019.
  • “Toward Remembering: The Role of Memory in Video Art from Latin America” in Video in Times of Global Crisis, CAA, NYC Feb 2019. , Presented, 2019.
  • Complex Connectivity and Radical Inclusion: Towards Another Art History” Seminar for ASAP/10: The Arts of the Present, Oct 2018. , Submitted, 2018.
  • “The Global Medium: Video Art in Latin America” in Conexões: o Brasil e a América Latina na História da Arte Global, BRASA (Brazilian Studies Association) Conference. , Presented, 2018.
  • UC Berkeley in class presentation on video art. , Presented, 2018.
  • "Video Art in Latin America" in New Directions in Latin/o American Art: Projects from Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, ASAP/9: The Arts of the Present, Berkeley, CA. , Presented, 2017.
  • "Currency, Art and Economic Crisis" in Art in the Age of Financial Crisis, CAA, NYC. , Presented, 2017.
  • “Defying Television in Early Video Art, Brazil ca. 1970s” in Artistas brasileiros e sua produção audiovisual (Brazilian Artists and their Audiovisual Production), BRASA (Brazilian Studies Association), Providence, Rhode Island, April 2016. , Presented, 2016.
  • “Intertwined Histories: Video Art and Violence in Latin America” in The Re-emergence of Utopias, LASA May 2015, Puerto Rico. , Presented, 2015.
    https://lasa.international.pitt.edu/files/Final-Ma...
  • “Counter-Television: Video Art in Brazil, ca. 1970s” in Global Video: Histories and Practices, CAA (Feb 2015, NYC). , Presented, 2015.
  • Participant in workshop on sexuality, visuality and performance. 8th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Cities/Bodies/Action—The Politics of Passion in the Americas, São Paulo, Brazil, January 2013. , Presented, 2013.
  • “Anna Bella Geiger’s Mapas Elementares: Space and Place in Brazil during the 1970s” in Mapping Spaces: Cartographic Practices in Art and Architecture CAA (February 2013, NYC). , Presented, 2013.
  • “Forging the New in Brazilian Contemporary Art” Writing the Art Histories of Brazil, Getty Research Institute workshop, Los Angeles, October 2012. , Presented, 2012.
  • “Sensory Overload and the Institutional Challenge of Decaying Art, Brazil ca. 1972” at the Getty Research Center, Los Angeles, June 2012. , Presented, 2012.
  • “Fernando Novaes Correia’s Boi Encantado (1972): Sensory Overload and the Institutional Challenge of Decaying Art,” presented at CAA New York, (February 2011) in the panel, Conspiracy Methods: Revisiting Latin American Art, 1960s to the Present. , Presented, 2011.
  • The Distance between Utopia and Dystopia: Imagining Space Post Brasília.” LASA (Latin American Studies Association) Conference. Toronto, Canada, October 2010. , Presented, 2010.
  • Moderator of panel, A History of Art from Brazil through Exhibitions and Collections, BRASA, Austin, TX, March 2020. Other, Accepted, 2019.
  • Exhibition, Yoshua Okón, Oracle at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Other, Other, 2016.
    http://www.utahmoca.org/portfolio/yoshua-okon-orac...
  • Exhibition Screening "Recent Video Art from Latin America" at the Getty Research Institute. Other, Presented, 2015.
    http://www.getty.edu/research/exhibitions_events/e...
  • Panel co-chair for CAA (College Art Association), Representations of Brazil and Shifting Identities. Chicago. Thursday, February 11, 2010. Other, Presented, 2010.

Languages

  • German, Basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Brazil
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • South America
  • Europe
    Berlin, Germany.
  • Central America

Publications

  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (University of Texas), published in hardcover, paperback and e-formats.. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). Spatial Effects: Navigating the City in Cildo Meireles’s Arte Física: Caixas de Brasília/Clareira,” in The Utopian Impulse in Latin America, eds. K. Beauchesne and A. Santos. Accepted, .
  • Charlene Villaseñor Black (date unknown). Co-author, “Introduction,” Shifra Goldman, Toward a New Millennium: Contemporary Art of the Transnational Americas, ed. Charlene Villaseñor Black (Forthcoming from the University of Texas Press, 2013).. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Revising Histories through New Media. University of Chicago Press. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Anna Bella Geiger. (pp. 204-205). Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Encounters in Video Art in Latin America. Getty Publications. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Encounters in Video Art in Latin America. Getty Publications. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). “Conjuring the Image: Oscar Muñoz in Conversation with Elena Shtromberg/Invocar la imagen: Oscar Muñoz en conversación con Elena Shtromberg. Phoenix Art Museum. Munich, Germany: Hirmer Publishers. Accepted, .
  • Jennifer Flores Sternad (date unknown). “Walking, Wandering and Getting Lost,” Público Transitorio, ed. Jennifer Flores Sternad (Forthcoming 2013). Accepted, .
  • Shtromberg, Elena. (date unknown). Forging the ‘New’ in Contemporary Art in Brazil, 1960s and 1970s.”. In The Oxford Research of Oxford Encyclopedia of Brazilian History and Culture. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). “Artistic Vanguards in Brazil, 1960 to the Present". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). “Lessons from PST: LA/LA”. Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture Journal. Vol. 2. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). "Currency, Art and Economic Crisis". Visual Resources. Vol. 3. Accepted, .
  • Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann (date unknown). “Brazilian Art and Architecture, Post-independence,” Oxford Bibliographies in Art History, ed. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, New York: Oxford University Press (February 2014). Accepted, .
  • Shtromberg, Elena (date unknown). Alfredo Jaar, “Context Is Everything.” December 8, 2013. http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/i-will-not-act-before-understanding-context-is-everything-the-work-of-alfredo-jaar. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Defying Expectations in Radical Women. Hammer Museum blog. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). “The Disembodied Eye: Being Watched in Ximena Cuevas's ‘Someone Behind the Door’,” 15 Bytes: Artists of Utah Ezine, (March 2009) p. 5,. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). Looking in Three Acts: The Art of Sonia Andrade,” in Sonia Andrade: Videos. Rio de Janeiro: Aeroplano: Oi Futuro, December, 2010, 23-33. Portuguese translation, “O Olhar em três atos,” pp 48-58. Exhibition catalogue. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Video Art in Latin America. LAXART. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Art_Latin_America: Beyond the Survey. Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). “Antonio Dias” for Grove Dictionary of Art (Forthcoming 2017). Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Amnesty and Justice for All: The Art of Regina José Galindo. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). “Contemporary Latin American Video Art” reference entry in Gale World Scholar—Latin America & the Caribbean. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). Exhibition Catalogue “Reversible Taxonomies: Meaning and its Undoing in Diane Pearce’s Aesthetic Propositions” in Dianne Pearce: Indisciplined Meetings. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Olga U. Herrera, American Interventions and Modern Art in South America. (pp. 802-803). Vol. 75(4). The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). “Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralists,” exhibition review in Art Nexus 78 (October-November 2010), 141-143. Exhibition review. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Mario Pedrosa: Primary Documents, eds. Gloria Ferreira and Paulo Herkenhoff. (pp. 358-9). Vol. 37(3). Bulletin of Latin American Research. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Karen Benezra, Dematerialization Art and Design in Latin America (University of California Press, 2020),. Kunstform,. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). • Karen Benezra, Dematerialization Art and Design in Latin America (University of California Press, 2020). Kunstform, http://www.sehepunkte.de/ueber-uns/. Accepted, .
  • Elena Shtromberg (date unknown). Maria Magdalena Fernandez (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles), exhibition review, Art Nexus 99 (January-February 2016). Accepted, .