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Claire Bishop
Position: Professor
Phone: 212-817-8035
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Essex University, 2002
Research Interests: Contemporary Art and Theory

Professor of Contemporary Art

Professor Claire Bishop joined the Graduate Center in 2008, after teaching at Warwick University (UK) and the Royal College of Art, London. Her books have been translated into over seventeen languages, and she is a regular contributor to Artforum. Her current research addresses the impact of digital technologies on contemporary art, as well as questions of amateurism and 'de-skilling' in contemporary dance and performance art.

Current dissertations under her supervision focus on art and pedagogy, performance art, exhibition history, Eastern European art, and theories of authorship.


"Black Box, White Cube, Gray Zone: Dance Exhibitions and Audience Attention," TDR: The Drama Review, Summer 2018
Radical Museology, or, What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art? London: Koenig Books, 2013

"The Digital Divide: Contemporary Art and New Media." Artforum, September 2012.

Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship. London: Verso, 2012.

"Delegated Performance: Outsourcing Authenticity." October, no. 140 (Spring 2012).

1968-1989: Political Upheaval and Artistic Change. Warsaw: Museum of Modern Art, 2010.

Double Agent. London: ICA, 2009.

"The Social Turn: Collaboration and Its Discontents." Artforum, February 2006.

Participation. London: Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2006.

Installation Art: A Critical History. London: Tate, 2005.

"Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics." October, no.110 (Fall 2004).

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