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Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art
Ghosts of Ethnicity

ISBN 9780415232210
Published June 13, 2006 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Featuring sixty-seven illustrations, and providing an important reckoning and visualization of the previously hidden Jewish 'ghosts' within US art, Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art addresses the veiled role of Jewishness in the understanding of feminist art in the United States.

From New York city to Southern California, Lisa E. Bloom situates the art practices of Jewish feminist artists from the 1970s to the present in relation to wider cultural and historical issues.

Key themes are examined in depth through the work of contemporary Jewish artists including:

  • Eleanor Antin
  • Judy Chicago
  • Deborah Kass
  • Rhonda Lieberman
  • Martha Rosler and many others.

Crucial in any study of art, visual studies, women's studies and cultural studies, this is a new and lively exploration into a vital component of US art.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Greenberg's Modernist Shadow  2. Negotiating Jewishness in the 1970s: The Work of Judy Chicago and Mierle Ukeles Laderman  3. Rewriting the Script: Eleanor Antin's Feminist Artwork  4. The California Work of US Photographer and Feminist Martha Rosler  5. Contemporary Feminist Art Practices in New York  6. California Feminist Art and Post-Nationalist Identities

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Lisa Bloom teaches visual culture at the University of California, San Diego. Her previous publications include With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture (1999) and Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (1993).


'an important contribution... Bloom's work is thoughtfully written, generously illustrated...' - CAA Reviews

'groundbreaking... thought-provoking' - Women in Judaism

'a ground-breaking book... a valuable contribution... not only a pleasure to read but a timely and brave book.' Art History