Art & Art History
Voices: Catherine Lord
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street
Writer, artist, and curator Catherine Lord’s most current project, White Settlers in the Tropics, is “a skewed and illustrated encyclopedia of the Caribbean Island of Dominica.” The book will take an unconventional approach to understanding Caribbean history and culture through an investigation of its flora, fauna, cooking, and “bad art objects” made by its European colonizers. Working with a book designer, and conducting research that draws material from a wide range of archival sources as well as from the artist’s family history, she will create a work that functions as both a museum and a memoir.
Lord is currently a professor in the department of studio art and an affiliate faculty member of the department of women’s studies and the department of art history at the University of California, Irvine. She has served as a curator for the Los Angeles Art Gallery; the Laemmle Theater, Los Angeles; and the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle. Her artwork has been displayed at the Highways Gallery, Santa Monica; the Santa Fe Museum of Art; and the Gay and Lesbian Center, Los Angeles. Last year, she was awarded both the Frank Jewett Mather Award and the Sir Joseph Banks Fellowship at the Royal Botanical Gardens, London.