Catherine Bernard

Campus Center
Courses Taught
  • Survey I: 19th century art, and II: Modern art: 1900-1945
  • Intro to African Arts
  • Visual Culture: Warhol to Present
  • Topic in Contemporary Arts: Art Since 1980
  • Introduction to Arts
  • PhD, Sorbonne University, Paris, France
  • M.F.A, Sorbonne University
  • BFA, Sorbonne University
  • BA,Sorbonne University
Research Interests

Contemporary art, film and video
Diaspora arts: African American, Caribbean arts
Transcultural phenomena and and pluri-cultural identities.
Catherine Bernard has written extensively on Diaspora and contemporary art. Her work has been published in African Arts (UCLA); Parkett Magazine; The Art Journal (College Art Association); Documents of Contemporary Art, (WhiteChapel Art Gallery and MIT Press); Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (Duke and Cornell University); Les carnets du Bal, Paris, and the Blaffer art Museum, Houston.
Her curatorial work includes more than 20 exhibitions and several catalogues on contemporary artists, for the Neuberger Museum of Art; Hunter College, CUNY; the Katonah Museum of Art; Museo Gurvich, Montevideo, The Wallace Gallery, SUNY Old Westbury and the Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin.
Her research focuses on transcultural phenomena and pluri-cultural identities. In her writing, she engages with historical, political and cultural transformations. Her recent work investigates how migrations, displacements and entanglements create hyphenated identities.



  • Insurgency Cinema: Abounaddara in Crises, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, France, 2017.
  • Out of Bounds, Contemporary Algerian, Moroccan and Lebanese video art, African Arts, U.C.L.A., Spring 2015.
  • Bodies and Digital Utopias in Utopias (Documents of Contemporary Art Series), Richard Noble, Editor, The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and MIT Press, 2009.


  • The Social, 4th International Association for Visual Culture Conference, September 29- October 1, 2016: Boston University: Guerrilla 2.0: the Electronic Disturbance Theater.
  • The Emergence of Transcultural Spaces in Contemporary Video from North Africa and the Middle East Presentation at Research initiative: Non Lieux de l’Exil, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, April 2015.
  • Unruly Engagements, International Conference, Cleveland Institute for the Arts: Ricardo Dominguez and the Electronic Disturbance Theater, November 2014.