Academics - Faculty Profiles

Jesse Lerner, PhD
Professor of Media Studies

Jesse Lerner

    With Pitzer Since: 1998
    Field Group: Media Studies
    Campus Address: Scott Hall 208
    Phone: 909.607.2636
    Email: jesse_lerner@pitzer.edu

    Education:
    M.A., University of Southern California
    B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    PhD, Claremont Graduate University

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Recent Awards and Honors

Recipient of City of Los Angeles (COLA) Award, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA. (2009-10)

Everett Helm Fellowship from Indiana University, Bloomington. 2007.

"Best experimental prize" at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, 2008.

Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

"The Shock of Modernity," paper presented at Ghosts of the Mexican Revolution conference. Trinity College, Cambridge, England, February 26, 2010.

"Documentary and its Double," paper presented at Ambulante, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, March 8, 2010.

Artists' talk, Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, January 29, 2010.

"Éxtasis en Izamal," paper presented at Congress of Americanists, Mexico City, July 24, 2009.

"Superocheros asquerosos," paper presented at Congreso Internacional de Teoría y Análisis Cinematográfico, Morelia, Mexico, October 3, 2009.

Artists' talk, Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, January 29, 2010.

"Éxtasis en Izamal," paper presented at Congress of Americanists, Mexico City, July 24, 2009.

"Superocheros asquerosos," paper presented at Congreso Internacional de Teoría y Análisis Cinematográfico, Morelia, Mexico, October 3, 2009.

"El impacto de la modernidad," paper presented at the Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico, August 5, 2009.

"Hector García and the Mexican Street," paper presented at the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Latin American Studies Association Conference, Brazil, June 12, 2009.

"El Impacto de la Modernidad," Paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association Conference. Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2009.

"Extasis en Izamal," Paper presented at the 53rd Congress of Americanists. Mexico City, July 2009.

"El Sabotaje de lo Real," Paper presented at the Museo Amparo. Puebla, Mexico, August 2009.

"Dante Cerano's 'Dia dos': Sex, Kinship and Videotape," Paper presented at the XVIth Visible Evidence Conference. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, August 2009.

"The Maya of Modernism," Paper presented at the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung der Universität Bielefeld. Bielefeld, Germany, January, 2009.

"El cuerpo y lo siniestro en la cultura: fotografía, cine, pintura, literature." Paper presented at the División de Estudios Históricos, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historía, Mexico City, 2007.

Invited speaker at:
- Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico, 2007
- Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley, 2008
- Visible Evidence XIV Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany, 2007
- San Francisco Art Institute, 2008.

Recent Exhibitions

Curator: "Cámera Obrera! Hector García y la calle Mexicana," Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico, 2009.

Curator: "Cine Povera" shown at the Images Film Festival, Toronto, Canada and the Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, Mexico, 2010.

Curator: "Cine sin fronteras" and Dante Cerano retrospective, and co-programmer, with Elena Fortes and Daniela Alatorre, documentary section for Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, October 2009.

Two screenings at RedCat, co-curated with Steve Anker, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2010.

Documentary Programmer: Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Mexico, 2008.

Curator: "El Espanto de la Modernidad/The Shock of Modernity: Criminal Photography from the Casasola Archive" at the Museo de la Ciudad de Queretaro, 2008.

Curator: "La doble vida de los objetos," Centro Fotográfico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, 2007.

Curator: "El Espanto de la modernidad," Festival Cervantino/Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato (2007) and Museo de la Ciudad de Queretaro (2008).

Uncommon Practice, Pitzer College Faculty Show, Nichols Gallery, Claremont, CA, Spring/Summer 2008.

Recent Film and Video

Móvil Tzompantli," 2009, www.akaso.com.mx.

"Atomic Sublime," 2010. Premiered at Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles.

Additional screenings: Frontierland as part of "Art Activism, Access," Fowler Museum, Los Angeles (2010); Magnavoz and T.S.H. as part of "Vanguardia Estridentista: Soporte de la Estética Revolucionaria," Museo Estudio Diego Rivera, Mexico City (2009); Frontierland at the Phoenix Museum of Art, AZ (2009); Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City (2009); Magnavoz as part of "Video Cocktail," College Art Association annual meetings, Los Angeles, CA (2009); Móvil Tzompantli as part of "Akaso," Museo de Arte de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico (2010); Ruins as part of American Historical Association film festival, San Diego, CA (2010).

"Video Cocktail," College Art Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2009.

"Twenty Years Ago Today," Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2008.

"Delineating Borders: The Films of Jesse Lerner," the Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY, 2008.

In 2007-08, Professor Lerner had screenings at the following:
Galeria de Arte Contemporáneo, Xalapa, Veracruz, "La era de la discrepancia," Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, "Speakers' Corner," Kunstverein, Braunschweig, San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Antonio CineFesival, Texas, Filmoteca de la UNAM, Mexico City, "Koloniale Träume, Autonome Zonen," Diagonale '07, Graz, Austria, Cinemateca Uruguaya, Montevideo, "Viva Mexico!" Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, "The Free Screen," Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York, Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca, Rice Cinema, Houston, Centro Cultural Muros, Cuernavaca, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Celda Contemporánea/Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR.

Recent Publications - Articles and Book Chapters

"Cine Povera," Ready Media: Arqueología de medios y la invención en México, (2010).

Recent Public Commentary

Jesse Lerner was quoted in the Los Angeles Times on May 1, 2010, in Reforma (Mexico City) on September 22, 2009 and in Crónica (Mexico City) on September 22, 2009.

Other Publications

Wide Angle 19.4, October 1997

Wide Angle 20.3, July 1998

Wide Angle 21.3, July 1999

At Play in the Media Scrap Heap: Craig Baldwin's "Sonic Outlaws"

F Is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing

Other Film Screenings

Harvard Film Archive

Other Curatorial Projects

The 51st Robert Flaherty Film Seminar - Cinema & History: Piling Wreckage Upon Wreckage, June 2005

The Shock of Modernity: Criminal Photography from the Casasola Archive