Professor Bruno is internationally known for her research on the intersections of the visual arts, architecture, film, and media.
Her latest book, Surface: Matters of Aesthetics, Materiality, and Media (University of Chicago Press, 2014) has been widely reviewed and praised for revisiting the concept of materiality in contemporary art. Her seminal work Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film (Verso, 2002) won the 2003 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in Culture and History – a prize awarded to “the world's best book on the moving image” – and has provided new directions for visual studies. Atlas was also honored as Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association, and named a Book of the Year in 2003 by the Guardian. Her book Public Intimacy: Architecture and the Visual Arts (MIT Press, 2007) has been translated in Europe and Asia. For Streetwalking on a Ruined Map (Princeton University Press, 1993), a journey through modernity and cultural memory, she won the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual award for best book in ﬁlm studies. Off Screen (Routledge, 1988) was devoted to women and film, and Immagini allo schermo (Rosenberg & Sellier, 1991) was named one of the 50 Best Books of the First 100 Years of Film History.
Professor Bruno has completed a new book manuscript, entitled Atmospheres of Projection: Environments of Art and Screen Media. She has contributed to numerous monographs on contemporary art, including Isaac Julien for The Museum of Modern Art, 2014; Jesper Just for the Venice Biennale 2013 (and MAC/VAL, 2012); Jane and Louise Wilson (2004), Chantal Akerman (MHKA, 2012); Diana Thater (LACMA, 2015); Rosa Barba (Hatje Cantz, 2017); andTara Donovan (MCA, 2018). She has written for the Whitney Museum's show Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2017 as well as exhibition catalogues of the Museo Reina Sofia and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
She also writes frequently on architecture and the visual arts for international books such as Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art (MCASD, 2009), Space (MAXXI Museum for 21st Century Arts, Rome, 2010), and Ruins (MIT Press/Whitechapel Gallery, 2011).
In 2017, Italy’s Capodimonte Museum gave Professor Bruno “carte blanche” to curate an exhibition from its vast collection. “Carta Bianca: Imaginaire,” on view for a year, is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue. She lectures at universities and museums internationally, including, recently, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Dia Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Tate Modern and the Louvre Museum.
Her work has been translated into a dozen languages. She is the recipient of a Fulbright and of a Ph.D. honoris causa, awarded by the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. In 2019, she was the Louis Kahn Scholar in Residence in the History of Art at the American Academy in Rome.
Professor Bruno is featured in Visual Culture Studies: Interviews with Key Thinkers (Sage, 2008) as one of the most inﬂuential intellectuals working today in visual studies.