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Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies

On leave 2014-2015


Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014).


Professor Bruno explores the intersections of the visual arts, architecture and the moving image. Her latest book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media has been published by the University of Chicago Press in 2014, and will be translated in Chinese. Her seminal work Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film (Verso, 2002) won the 2004 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in Culture and History – a prize awarded to "the world's best book on the moving image" – and has provided new directions for visual studies. Atlas was also honored as Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association, and named a Book of the Year in 2003 by the Guardian. Her recent book Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts (MIT Press, 2007) has been translated in Europe and Asia. Bruno has published four other books. Jane and Louise Wilson: A Free and Anonymous Monument (Film and Video Umbrella and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2004) examines the multi-screen art installation of the Turner Prize nominees. Streetwalking on a Ruined Map (Princeton University Press, 2002), a journey through modernity and cultural memory, won the 1995 Society for Cinema and Media Studies award for best book in film studies. Off Screen was devoted to women and film in Italy (Routledge, 1988), and Immagini allo schermo (Rosenberg & Sellier, 1991) was named one of the 50 Best Books of the First 100 Years of Film History. She writes frequently on contemporary art for international publications, including books on Isaac Julien for The Museum of Modern Art, 2014; Jesper Just (MAC/VAL, 2012); Chantal Akerman (MHKA, 2012); Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art (Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2009); Space (MAXXI Museum for 21st Century Arts, Rome 2010); and exhibition catalogs of the Museo Reina Sofia and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Bruno lectures at universities and museums internationally, including, recently, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Dia Center for the Arts, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Louvre Museum. She is featured in Visual Culture Studies: Interviews with Key Thinkers (Sage, 2008) as one of the most influential intellectuals working today in visual studies.

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