Elena Shtromberg, Ph.D.

375 S. 1530 E., RM 161 • Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0380
Phone: 801.585.9348 • Fax: 801.585.6171

Elena Shtromberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art History at the University of California in Los Angeles. She specializes in modern and contemporary Latin American visual culture, with a specific focus on Brazil and the U.S.-Mexico Border region. Her interdisciplinary research interests extend to gender and media studies, communications geography and postcolonial theory. Her book project, Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (forthcoming with the University of Texas Press) focuses on the encounter of artistic practice with information and systems theories in the politicized climate of the 1970s. She has been the recipient of grants from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the American Council of Learned Societies and the Social Science Research Council. During her research leave in 2011-12 she was a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Among her publications are an annotated bibliography on Brazilian Art and Architecture, Post-independence for Oxford Bibliographies in Art History, ed. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann (2014), and chapter contributions to The Aesthetics of Risk (2008), and The Utopian Impulse in Latin America (2011). Additional publications include articles, reviews and reference entries in Third Text, Art Nexus, and Gale World Scholar—Latin America & the Caribbean. Her current project addresses the history of video art in Latin America and is supported by the Getty Research Institute.



  • Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s, book manuscript in progress (Forthcoming University of Texas Press 2015).


  • "Enchanted Carcass (1972): Sensory Overload and the Institutional Challenge of Decaying Art," Third Text (Forthcoming Fall 2012).

Book Chapters:

  • Forging the New in Brazilian Contemporary Art” in Art and its Histories in Brazil, ed. Claudia Mattos and Roberto Conduru, Bilingual compilation of essays on Brazilian art history from the Ancient World to the present, Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute (Forthcoming 2013).
  • “Walking, Wandering and Getting Lost,” Público Transitorio, ed. Jennifer Flores Sternad (Forthcoming 2013).
  • 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, 2012).
  • “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 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, October, 2011).
  • “Bodies in Peril:  Enacting Censorship in Early Brazilian Video Art (1974-1978),” in John C. Welchman, ed., The Aesthetics of Risk:  SoCCAS Symposium, vol. III (Zurich:  JRP/Ringler, 2008), pp. 265-283. 

Reference Entries:

  • “Brazilian Art and Architecture, Post-independence,” Oxford Bibliographies in Art History, ed. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, New York: Oxford University Press (Forthcoming 2012).
  • “Contemporary Latin American Video Art” reference entry in Gale World Scholar—Latin America & the Caribbean (Forthcoming 2012).

Exhibition Catalogue Essay:

  • “Reversible Taxonomies: Meaning and its Undoing in Diane Pearce’s Aesthetic Propositions” in     Dianne Pearce: Indisciplined Meetings, exhibition catalogue, January, 2011.
  • “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 Review:

  • “Translating Revolution: U.S. Artists Interpret Mexican Muralists,” exhibition review in Art Nexus 78 (October-November 2010), 141-143.

4590 Poetics and Politics of the Body: Performance Art in Latin America
4540 Border Visual Culture
4530 Chicano Art
4520 Topics in Brazilian Art
4000 Good Looking: Writing About Art & Visual Culture
3550 Latin American Avant-Gardes
3510 Modern Latin American Art
2500 Introduction to the History of Art in Latin America