Janet Sternburg . Photography



Born 1943, Boston, MA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Contact: janet@calarts.edu



Solo Exhibitions


2015 Overspill, Forward Thinking Museum

2010 Janet Sternburg : Photographs, Skidmore Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, California

2009 Fertile Confusion, installation of photographs and projections commissioned for the
inauguration of the Arts and Technology Center , Seoul Institute of the Arts, Ansan-si (South Korea)

2007 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Amerika Haus, Munich (Germany)

2007 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Carl Schurz Haus, Freiberg (Germany)

2006 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut, Heidelberg (Germany)

2005 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburg, Café Einstein Gallery, Berlin (Germany)

2005 The Behavior of Light: The Photographs of Janet Sternburgs, Culver City, California

2002 Windows in Time : Janet Sternburg, James Frances Trezza Gallery, New York City

2000 Windows, Skidmore Gallery of Contemporary Art, Malibu, California

1999 Framed: Photos of San Miguel and Beyond, Bellas Artes, Galeria Principal, San Miguel de Allende (Mexico)



Group Exhibitions


2013 Passage, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, New York

2005 Insatiable Desires, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles

2004 Two on Cuba, Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles



Publications & Catalogues


2016 Janet Sternburg : Overspilling World, monograph Distanz Verlag, Berlin
Foreword by Wim Wenders, Essays by Pepe Karmel, Catherine Opie, Janet Sternburg,
Alexandra von Stosch

2005 Insatiable Desires, New Acquisitions, exhibition catalogue, (Los Angeles : USC Fisher Museum of Art)

2005 Jörn Jacob Rohwer, ''The Lyrical View'', in The Behavior of Light, exhibition catalogue, (Berlin : US Embassy)

2003 ''A Writer Snaps'' cover photograph, portfolio, Teachers & Writers 35, no. 2 (November-December), pages 3-4

2002 ''Windows of Time'', portfolio, Aperture 166 (Spring), pages 32-37

2002 ''A New Lens'', Utne Reader Arts Extra: Movers and Shakers: The 40 Most Exciting Soulful Artists of 2003

2002 ''A Writer’s Need to See'', cover photograph, portfolio, Art Journal 61, no.1 (Spring), pages 48-57

2000 Cover photograph, Prairie Schooner (Fall)


Selected Fellowships and Awards

2016 REDCAT Award, with Steven D. Lavine, REDCAT/CalArts, Los Angeles

2011 Residency, PACT Zollverein, Essen (Germany)

1989 Fellow, Dale Djerassi Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, California

1987 Fellow, Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, New York

1985 Fellowship, Scriptwriting, National Endowment for the Humanities

1977 Fellow, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire

1976-78 Fellow, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York

1972 Cine Golden Eagle Award for Virginia Woolf : The Moment Whole



Selected Literary Work by Janet Sternburg

Writing website: janetsternburg.com


2014 White Matter: A Memoir of Family and Medicine (Portland: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts)

2005 Optic Nerve: Photopoems (Los Angeles: Red Hen Press)

2002 – 2014 Phantom Limb, American Lives Series, ed. Tobias Wolff (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2002; paperback edition, 2003, e-book edition, Foreverland Press, 2013, paperback edition, Foreverland Press, 2014)

2000 The Writer on Her Work, edited with an updated introduction, preface by Julia Alvarez, 20th anniversary edition (New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company)

1992 The Writer on Her Work, double edition, vols. I and II (London: Virago Press)

1991 The Writer on Her Work : New Essays in New Territory, vol. II, edited with an introduction (New York and London: W. W. Norton & Company)

1980 The Writer on Her Work, edited with an introduction, vol. I (New York: W. W. Norton)

1974 Letters Stacked to Be Mailed : Four New Poets (New York: Saturday Press)



Selected Essays


2012 – present Regular contributor to the online cultural journal Times Quotidian, writing ''Photography and Time'' and ''Photography and Words'', series of essays intercut with images and music

1998 ''Long Exposures: A Poetics of Film and History'', in Screening the Past : Film and the Representation of History, ed. Tony Barta. (Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger)

1992 ''Views from an Unstable Landscape'', in Re-Mapping Culture(s): Film and the Media Arts (New York : Whitney Museum of American Art)

1987 ''A Blank for New Things'', in The Arts for Television, exhibition catalogue Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam



Selected Projects in Theater & Film


2014 – 2015 The Fifth String, playwright, workshop and production of a theater piece crossing time and space, bringing together Andalusia before 1492 with contemporary expulsions and diasporas, REDCAT, Los Angeles

2012 The Fifth String, playwright, staged reading, La Mama, New York, New York City

2010 – 2011 The Fifth String, playwright, workshop and staged reading, PACT Zollverein, Essen (Germany)

2008 The Fifth String, playwright. staged reading of German translation at Berlin Capital Club, Berlin (Germany)

1990 Through Her Eyes, writer/curator, 13-part television series, independent films made by women, for The Learning Channel

1987 Likely Stories, writer/curator, 13-part television series, independent fiction films, for The Learning Channel

1986 Thomas Eakins : A Motion Portrait. Co-writer. American Masters Series for PBS.

1972 Virginia Woolf : The Moment Whole, producer/ director for National Public Television (NET)

1970 El Teatro Campesino, writer; co-producer/co-director for National Public Television (NET), screened at the New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center



Selected Positions, Consultancies, Service


2003 – present Member, National Advisory Committee, PEN Center USA

2003 Presenter, ''Pathways Between Neurology and Memoir'' for Frames of Viewing: The Brain, Cognition and Art, a symposium co-organized by the Getty Research Center and the Stanford Center for Behavioral Studies

1990-2004 Faculty in Critical Studies, ''Thinking and Feeling'', on neuroscience and art practice, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

1990-1994 Consultant, Program for Art on Film for the Metropolitan Museum, New York City and the Getty Trust, Los Angeles

1993 Co-director, ''Curating Across Cultures'', The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Bellagio (Italy)

1988 - 2002 Member, Board of Directors, PEN Center USA

1988-95 Senior Program Advisor in Media, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York

1976-1985 Senior Faculty, The New School University Graduate Media Studies

1971 -80 Director, Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club