Dr. Loren Lerner
Tel.: 514-848-2424, Ext. 4698
Research & Teaching Interests
- Curatorial Practices
- Images of Children and Youth
- Canadian Print Culture
- Travel Art
Loren Lerner brings to the Department a cross-disciplinary formation in art history (MA, University of Michigan), library science (MLS, McGill University), and communication studies (PhD, Université de Montréal). Nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and North American art are the main areas of her undergraduate teaching, with an emphasis on avant-gardism and topics ranging from identity development, gender and class to the modern experience of otherness, nature, and sexuality. In her graduate teaching she has concentrated on ethnic, diasporic and ethical consciousness in North American art-making and the curatorial practices relating to Canadian art. Lerner was editor for Afterimage: Evocations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Canadian Arts and Literature/Rémanences: Evocations de l'Holocauste dans les arts et littérature canadiens contemporains (Montreal: Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, 2002) and guest curator of Memories and Testimonies/Memoires et Témoignages (Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, April 2002, travelling exhibition). In 2005, Lerner curated the Sam Borenstein retrospective exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Picturing Her: Images of Girlhood / Salut les filles ! La jeune fille en images at the McCord Museum. She was the editor of Depicting Canada's Children published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in 2009. Most recently, in 2012, she was guest editor of a special issue on contemporary art and religion in Canada for the Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien.
Loren Lerner's current research interests are quite diverse. She is attentive to digital culture and its effects on the role of the curator in offering new environments for the presentation and analysis of visual media. Travel art during the 19th and early 20th centuries is a new field of exploration with an emphasis on gender, cultural politics, and perspectives of travel that take into account the imaginary transformations of lived experiences. The convergence of contemporary art and religion continues to be a focal interest, in particular the responses of artists to religious issues in the Middle East. Analyzing the visual representations of Canadian children and youth remains a long term research commitment.
- and Suzanne Rackover. "Jews in Canadian Art," Canada's Jews: In Time, Space and Spirit, ed. Ira Robinson (Academic Studies Press, 2013), 422-450.
- Guest Editor, Contemporary Art and Religion, Religion and the Arts 17 (2013).
- Introduction, "Special Section on Contemporary Art and Religion," Religion and the Arts 17 (2013) 1-19.
- William Notman's Photographic Selections (1863), Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien 33 no.1 (2012): 16-45.
- Guest Editorial, Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien 33 no.2 (2012), 10-20.
- Rejection and Renewal: Art and Religion in Canada (1926-2010), Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien 33 no.2 (2012), 21-52.
- Wassily Kandinsky's Concerning the Spiritual in Art and the Video Works of Sylvia Safdie, Marisa Portolese, Marielle Nitoslawska, and Sarindar Dhaliwal, Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien 33 no.2 (2012), 101-128.
- Picturing Her: Seeing Again and Again, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 3 no. 2 (Winter 2011), 100-117.
- "Kathleen Daly's Images of Inuit People: Professional Art and the Practice of Ethnography," Rethinking Professionalism: Essays on Women and Art in Canada, 1850-1970. Eds., Kristina Huneault and Janice Anderson. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2012, pp. 225-258.
- Picturing Children and Youth: A Canadian Perspective, 2010. The website
is the product of two undergraduate courses: Picturing Children taught
by me, and Boy/Girl Culture, taught by Marisa Portolese, professor,
- "Dr. Norman Bethune: Biographical Objects and Exhibitions," Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle no. 72 (Fall 2010), 51-61.
- "Canada's Got Treasures," 2010. A project developed for the Experimental Lab in the Virtual Museum of Canada, with national heritage institutions, YoungCuts and Concordia MA Art History students in a Museum Practice seminar.
- "Photographs of the Child in Canadian Pictorial from 1906 to 1916: A Reflection of the Ideas and Values of English Canadians about Themselves and "Other" Canadians," Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 3.2 (2010), 233-263.
- "The Unmasking of Norman Bethune," The Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien (Winter 2010), 99-113.
- Depicting Canada's Children. Editor. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009.
- "William Notman's Portrait Photographs of the Wealthy English-speaking Girls of Montreal: Representations of Informal Female Education in Relation to John Ruskin's 'Of Queens' Gardens' and Writings by and for Canadians from the 1850s to 1890s," Historical Studies in Education 21.2 (Fall 2009): 65-87.
- "George Reid's Paintings as Narratives of a Child Nation," Depicting Canada's Children. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009, 325-346.
- Introduction, Blessings, Art and Essays on Jewish Blessings Gathered for Two Exhibitions and a Symposium at Montreal's Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom, May 10-14, 2007. Montreal: Centre for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, 2009, 6-9.
- "William Notman's Portrait Photographs of Girls Reading from the 1860s to 1880s: A Pictorial Analysis based on Contemporary Writings." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada 47.1 (2009): 45-73.
- "Sam Borenstein and Marius Barbeau: Ethnography, Modern Art and the Meeting of Two Worlds." Around and About Marius Barbeau: Modelling Twentieth-Century Culture, eds. Lynda Jessup, Andrew Nurse and Gordon E. Smith. Mercury Series, Culture Studies Paper 83. Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2008, 119-136.
- "When the Children Are Sick, So Is Society: Dr Norman Bethune and the Montreal Circle of Artists." Healing the World's Children: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Child Health in the Twentieth Century, Cynthia Comacchio, Janet Golden, and George Weisz, ed. McGill Queen's University Press, 2008, 253-281.
- "Adolescent Girls, Adult Women: Coming of Age Images by Five Canadian Women Artists." Girlhood Studies 1.2 (Winter 2008): 1-28.
- "Canada Receiving the Homage of Her Children: George Reid's Ave Canada and Gustav Hahn's Hail Dominion: A Proposal of Murals for the Entrance Hall of Canada's Parliament Buildings." The Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien 29 (2008): 50-89.
- "Innocence." Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia, eds. Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid Walsh. Westport: Greenwood, 2008, vol. 2, 365-368.
- Review of Imagining Childhood. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities & Social Sciences, 1-4.
- "From Victorian Girl Reader to Modern Woman Artist: Reading and Seeing in the Paintings of the Canadian Girl by William Brymner, Emily Coonan, and Prudence Heward." Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 33.2 (Autumn 2007): 19-50.
- "Performing Katja." Katja MacLeod Kessin, Memorial Exhibition, February 7, 1959-April 1, 2006. Montreal: FOFA Gallery, Concordia University, 2007, 29-38.
- Sam Borenstein. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts/Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, 2005.
- "The Aron Museum at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom in Montreal." Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle 64 (Fall 2004): 8-19.
- "Sam Borenstein, Artist and Dealer: The Polemics of Post-Holocaust Jewish Cultural Identity." Canadian Jewish Studies/Etudes juives canadiennes 12 (2004): 31-44.
- "Canadian Art Documents," 2004. In collaboration with Joan Acland, Brian Foss, Kristina Huneault, Catherine MacKenzie, and Sandra Paikowsky.
- Afterimage: Evocations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Canadian Arts and Literature / Rémanences: Evocations de l'Holocauste dans les arts et littérature canadiens contemporains. Contributing editor. Montreal: Centre for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, 2002.
- Memories and Testimonies/Mémoires et Témoignages. Montreal: Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University/Galerie d'art Leonard et Bina Ellen, Université Concordia, 2002.
- "Public Art as Social Intervention: But Now I Have to Speak - Testimonies of Trauma and Resilience," 1999. In collaboration with Karen Langshaw, Devorah Neumark and Barbara Crow.
- "Canadian Artists of Eastern European Origin," 1999.
- "Looking Back, Looking Forward: Canadian Women Artists and Postmodern Rememberings of Eastern Europe." Canadian Ethnic Studies 12 no. 3 (1999): 44-71.
- "Liliana Berezowsky: Mythical Echoes in a Journey of Phantasma." Etc Montréal 47 (1999): 38-41.
- Canadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature/Film et vidéo canadiens: bibliographie et guide de la documentation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997. (website available through Concordia Library, on-line data base)
- Art and Architecture in Canada: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature/Art et architecture au Canada: une bibliographie et guide de la documentation. Co-editor with Mary Williamson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991. (website available through Concordia Library, on-line data base).
Distinctions & Awards
- The Joseph and Faye Tannenbaum Prize in Scholarship on a Jewish Subject, Canadian Jewish Book Awards, for Afterimage
- Melva Dwyer Award honouring outstanding reference works devoted to the history of the visual arts in Canada, for Canadian Film and Video
- Melva Dwyer Award honouring outstanding reference works devoted to the history of the visual arts in Canada, for Art and Architecture in Canada
- Janet Braide Award, presented for an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the field of Canadian art history
- Thirteenth George Wittenborn Memorial Award, presented for publishing excellence to University of Toronto Press
Conferences & Lectures
- "Art and Religion in Canada," Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal, 20 November 2012.
- "What this picture of a girl means to me": The Vicarious Place of
Self-Representation for Female University Students in the Art History
Classroom," Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: New Paradigms of Research, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF), McGill University, 17 October 2012.
- "Aging-Related Images: A Case Study of Marion Wagschal's Figurative Self-Portraits." Imagining History: A Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, May 3-5 2012.
- "Spirituality and Home in the Video Works of Sylvia Safdie, Marisa Portolese, Marielle Nitoslawska and Sarindar Dhaliwal," UAAC (Universities Art Association of Canada), Carleton Univerity, Ottawa, October 27-29, 2011.
- Sam Borenstein and the Jewish Painters of Montreal, Yeshiva University Museum, New York City (27 April 2011).
- William Notman's Photographic Selections (1863): A Scottish Legacy in an Art History Book Published in Canada, Bibliographical Society of Canada and Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture, Congress, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (31 May 2011).
- Picturing Her: Methods of Art History and Images of Girlhood, Roundtable on "Theorizing Young People", Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP), Congress, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (31 May 2011).
- Chair and discussant of double-session, Educating Children about War from the late 19th Century into the 1960s, Society for the History of Children and Youth, Teachers College and Columbia University, New York City (24 June 2011).
- Co-Chair with Zoë Tousignant, Canadian Print Culture, Universities Art Association of Canada, Guelph, 16 October 2010
William Notman's Photographic Selections (1863), Universities Art Association of Canada, Guelph (16 October 2010).
- "Photographs of Canadian Children in the Early 1900s: an Analysis of Image Types and English Ideals of a Good Society," Imagining the Child, The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University (11 March 2010).
- "Girlhood Innocence and Sexuality: How Canadian Artists Marisa Portolese, Angela Grossmann and Fiona Smyth Resist and Contest New Media and Technology" ARCYP (Association of Research in Cultures of Young People), Congress, Carleton University, Ottawa (May 26, 2009).
- "Coming of Age on the Road: The Social Construction of Female Adolescence," The Society for the History of Children and Youth biannual conference, University of California (July 11, 2009).
- "Kathleen Daly's Images of Inuit People: The Public Record versus the Private Practice," Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference, Concordia University (October 3, 2008).
- "Norman Bethune in Canada: Museum, Monument, Artifact and Memory," Norman Bethune and Visual Cultures: A Symposium, Concordia University (18 October 2008).
- "Magazine Photography, the Canadian Family and the World: A Case Study of Canadian Pictorial, 1909-1914," Canadian Communication Association conference, Vancouver (June 5, 2008).
- "The Canadian Girl Reader: A Bibliographical Study and Intellectual History on the Ideal Formation of the Canadian Girl through Reading." Bibliographical Society of Canada conference, Vancouver (June 5, 2008).
- "Norman Bethune in Museum and Monument: The Massaging of a Canadian Memory," The Golden Mountain: Canada and China, Interconnected, Colloquium, McCord Museum, Montreal (November 2, 2007).
- "Depicting Canada's Children." The Society for the History of Children and Youth biannual conference. Norrkoping, Sweden. (July 27, 2007).
- The Holocaust in Contemporary Canadian Art: The Discontinuities of Memory and Narrative Discourse, "Alternative Endings: Narration and Contemporary Canadian Art," The Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. (January 25, 2007).
- Moderator, Antoine Plamondon: The Full Portrait Symposium. McCord Museum, Montreal. (November 30, 2006).
- "The 'Amygdala' Effect: Holocaust Sensations in Recent Canadian Art." Markers and Memory, Places and Ghosts. Panel and open discussion, Susan Hiller, The J.Street Project. Galerie Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts. (November 2, 2006).
- "The Image of the Female Reader in Canadian Painting: Representations of the Creative Female from the Victorian Girl at Home to the Modern Urban Artist." Canadian Women's Studies Association (May 31, 2006).
- Moderator of Round Table discussion,"Mediations on Hyphenated Identities" with artists in the exhibition Reflections: Canada-Hungary. La Galerie d'art Stewart Hall Art Gallery (April 2, 2006).
- "Picturing Canada: Allegorical Images of the Canadian Girl and Family." Picturing Her symposium, McCord Museum, Montreal (December 1, 2005).
- "Picturing Her: A Foretaste of the McCord Museum's Exhibition on Canadian Girlhood," Lunch and Learn seminar, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (November 23, 2005).
- "Even Deeper Than Meets the Eye: New Insights on the Work and Life of Sam Borenstein." De Sève Cinema, Sam Borenstein and His Milieu, Lecture Series. Concordia University (August 3, 2005).
- "Around Sam Borenstein." Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (August 17 and 24, 2005).
- "Canada Receiving the Homage of Her Children: An Analysis of a Mural Decoration Proposal for Canada's Parliament Building (1904-6) in Relation to Nineteenth Century Images of Canada." 26th Annual Conference Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Augusta, Georgia (March 10-12, 2005).
- "Russia in Montreal - Russian Jewish Contributions in Art, Literature and Science." Canadian Jewish Congress National Archives, Concordia University (October 27, 2004).
- "Dr. Norman Bethune and His Circle of Artists; The Image of the Child in Art, Medicine and Society." McCord/AMS Colloquium, Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Child Health in the 20th Century." October 30, 2004.
- "Love, Loss and Memories: Ripples of the Holocaust." 7th Annual Holocaust Education Series, The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, Montreal (April 10, 2004).
- Keynote speaker: "The Holocaust in Contemporary Canadian Art: The Incongruities of Narrative Reasoning and Traumatic Memory." . Memory, Conflict and Memory symposium, Memorial University Art Gallery, St. John's, Newfoundland. 28 November, 2003.
- Blessings, Art and Essays on Jewish Blessings Gathered for Two Exhibitions and a Symposium at Montreal's Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom, May 10-14, 2007. Montreal: Centre for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, 2009. Coordinator of exhibitions, symposium and related events.
- Picturing Her: Images of Girlhood/Salut les filles! Guest Curator, Montreal McCord Museum, November 2005 - April, 2006.
- Sam Borenstein. Guest Curator. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, July-August, 2005. Travelling exhibition, 2005-06.
- Memories and Testimonies / Memoires et Témoignages. Guest Curator, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, April 2002. Travelling exhibition, 2002-2004.
- Afterimage: Evocations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Canadian Arts and Literature / Rémanences: Evocations de l'Holocauste dans les arts et littérature canadiens contemporains. Guest Curator, Centre for Canadian Jewish Studies, Concordia University, 2002.
- ARTH 366 Aspects of 19th Century Western Art and Architecture - Topic: The Changing Idea of the Avant-Garde in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Painting
- ARTH 262 Studies in Drawing - Topic: The Creative Drawing from the 19th Century to the Present Day
- ARTH 298 Special Topics in Genre Studies: The Human Face
- ARTH 450H/2 Advanced Seminar - Topic: "Here's Looking at you Kid": Picturing Children, Envisioning Childhood
- ARTH 610G Re-Visioning The Twentieth Century: Political Theorists and North American Art from 1970-2000
- ARTH 610G Hate, Violence and Genocide Effects in Twentieth Century North American Art and Theory
- ARTH 649 Aspects of Curatorial Practice
Maya Hajdu, MA
Fragmented Memories in the Graphic Novel
Convocation: Spring 2012
Olivia Pipe, MA
Girl Words: The female language and politicized body in Jana Sterbak's drawings
Convocation: Fall 2011
Pohanna Pyne Feinberg
Making the Invisible Visible: Documenting the Creative Process: A
Case Study of the Archive From the Skol-CEDA Co-Creative Collaboration
Convocation: Spring 2011
Marie Péron, MA
Contemporary Representation of Aboriginal Art in the National Museum: New Frameworks for Change in Canada and Australia
Convocation: Fall 2010
Amber Berson, MA
Image and Memory: Art About Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women
Convocation: Spring 2010
Laura Endacott, MA (SIP)
The Mother Image
Convocation: Spring 2010
Doug Pope, MA
Multiple Velocities: A Study of Motion in the Work of Rita Letendre, Serge Lemoyne and Claude Tousignant
Convocation: Fall 2007
Alice Dind, MA
Frederick H. Varley's Self-Portraits Unmasked by his Autobiographical Writings: A Reflection of the Effects of War, Religious/Spiritual Influences and Communion with Nature
Convocation: Spring 2005
Ilga Leimanis, MA (SIP)
Archiving the Self: George Legrady's Immigration Story in 'An Anecdoted Archive from the Cold War
Convocation: Fall 2004
Loretta Flegel, MA
Parts in Play: the Rosalyne Osborne Stearn Collection at McGill University
Convocation: Fall 2003
Suzanne B. Rackover, MA
The Holocaust Art of Gershon Iskowitz, Isaac Applebaum, and Yebouda Chaki: A Critical Approach in Relation to the Philosophical Writings of Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arendt, and Julia Kristeva
Convocation: Spring 2003
Martin Kapustianyk, MA
Dialogues of Death-in-Life: The Photographic Works of Sandra Semchuk and the Exhibition Coming to Death's Door: A Daughter/Father Collaboration
Convocation: Spring 2003
Arshi Dewan, MA (SIP)
Weaving as Art: An Examination of the Revival of Weaving in the Chittagong Hill Tracts Convocation: Fall 2002
Nicolas ChampRoux, MA
Les Relations incestueuses entre la photographie et l'architecture moderne ou la representation photographique de la Place Ville Marie entre Septembre 1962 et Février 1963
Convocation: Fall 2001
Mikaela Victoria Bobiy, MA
Painting the zone: Chernobyl and the "Art of Witness"
Convocation: Fall 2000
Shannon Anderson, MA
Probing the Surface: The Family Archive Revisited in Installations by Wyn Geleynse, Mindy Yan Miller and Yvonne Singer
Convocation: Spring 2000
Lori-Ann Beaudoin, MA
A Cultural Illness: Women, Identity, and Eating Problems in Faith Ringgold's Change Series
Convocation: Fall 1999
Catherine Barrette, Humanities (Co-Supervisor, in progress)
Adrian Gorea, Humanities (Co-Supervisor, in progress)
Katja Kessin MacLeod, Humanities (Co-Supervisor)
To Lend the Dead a Voice: Second-Generation German Visual Art
Convocation: Fall 2003