Catherine Lord

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Catherine Lord (born 1949) is an American artist, writer, curator, social activist, professor, scholar exploring themes of feminism, cultural politics and colonialism. In 2010, she was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Dominica, she attended a British boarding school in Barbados. When she was 13, they moved to Iowa.[1]

While attending Radcliffe College, where she majored in English, she worked as a research assistant at the Schlesigner Library. She earned her Master's of Fine Arts degree in photography and the history of photography at the Visual Studies Workshop, an artists' organization allied with the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lord also edited Afterimage, a journal of photography, film, and video.[2]


Her work includes The Effect of Tropical Light on White Men and "text/image project".[3][4] She edited the catalogue for an exhibition of lesbian art, "All but the Obvious".[3]

Curated work[edit]

Lord has curated a number of exhibitions, including:"Pervert," "Trash," “Gender, fucked,[5]” and "Memories of Overdevelopment: Philippine Diaspora in Contemporary Visual Art."[where?][3]

Published work[edit]

Lord published an experimental narrative, The Summer of Her Baldness: A Cancer Improvisation, where she shares her experience of gender during chemotherapy.[6]

Academic career[edit]

For seven years, Lord served Dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts. 1990-1995, she was the Chairman of the Art department at UC Irvine. 1991-1996, Lord was the Director of the UCI Gallery.[3]

Gallery exhibitions at UCI[edit]

From October 3 through November 7, "And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People" was an installation by Carrie Mae Weems. In winter quarter, January 7 through February 4, "Convergence: Eight Photographers", which was organized by Deborah Willis, curator of the Schoenberg Center of Black American Art in New York. It showcased black artists' perspective.[2]


In 2008, she was named the Shirley Carter Burden Visiting Professor of Photography at Harvard University. In 2010, she received the Harvard Arts Medal.[1]


Lord has received many fellowships. They include New York State Council on the Arts, the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Norton Family Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Rockefeller Center for Arts and Humanities, the California Community Foundation and Anonymous Was a Woman.[3]


At the Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions: 2007 CalArts Feminist Art Symposium, Lord spoke on the panel "Strategies for Contemporary Feminism".[7]

Further reading[edit]

  • The Summer of Her Baldness: A Cancer Improvisation (University of Texas Press, 2004) ISBN 978-0-292-70257-8
  • The conceptual translation Sa Calvitie, Son Colibri: Miss Translation (L’une Bevue)
  • Art and Queer Culture, 1885-2005 (in collaboration with Richard Meyer) (Phaidon Press, 2011). ISBN 978-0-7148-4935-5


  1. ^ a b c Lavoie, Amy. "Catherine Lord '70 Receives Harvard Arts Medal". Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Curtis, Cathy. "". Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "University of California Irvine: Faculty". University of California Irvine. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  4. ^ Lind, Abigail B. "Spring 2010 Harvard Arts Medalist". The Crimson. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ Joselit, David (1997). "Sexual politics: Judy Chicago's Dinner party in feminist art history: Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Gender, fucked: Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle; exhibits". Art in America. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Patterson, Pam (2004). "The Summer of Her Baldness: A Cancer Improvisation". Resources for Feminist Research. Retrieved March 25, 2016; access provided by the University of Pittsburgh
  7. ^ "Strategies for Contemporary Feminism - Catherine Lord". East of Borneo. Retrieved 27 June 2014.

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