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Claire Bishop is a Professor of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Bishop is an internationally acknowledged scholar of contemporary art. Her dissertation was published as Installation Art: A Critical History and quickly became an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the subject. Her edited volume, Participation (MIT Press, 2006), is also highly regarded in the field. She is the author of two influential essays—“Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” (October, 2004) and “The Social Turn: Collaboration and its Discontents” (Artforum, 2006). Both have been translated and reprinted a number of times. Bishop curated the exhibition Double Agent (2008) at the London ICA, and is working on a book about socially-engaged art and spectatorship.
She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Essex.
Claire Bishop in conversation with Kate Fowle on “Radical Museology: Or, What’s ‘Contemporary’ in Museums of Contemporary Art?”read more »
This conversation with Renaud Proch will focus on these and other projects and practices, which redefined the role of art in society in ways that still resonate today; it will offer the historical and international perspectives to better understand this emblematic year.read more »
Join us at the ICI Curatorial Hub this Friday as we livestream the 2nd Edition of the Seminario Fundación Cisneros: The Betrayal of the Contemporary, a seminar organized in Caracas, Venezuela. From 8:30am to noon, we will follow presentations by Nato Thompson, Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy, Claire Bishop and more!read more »
Organized from November 13–22, 2011 in association with the visual art performance organization Performa, the Curatorial Intensive will use the Performa 11 biennial as a platform to explore how curating performance art is being theorized and implemented today.read more »
The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models conference, co-organized by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum, aims to tackle key questions around the museum as an institutional entity and contemporary art as an art historical category.read more »