Claire Bishop
Position: Professor
Program: Art History
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8035
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, Essex University, 2002
Research Interests: Contemporary Art, Theory and Exhibition History
Claire Bishop, professor of art history, is widely considered to be an original thinker and creative interpreter of contemporary art, as well as a dynamic teacher. She holds a 2002 Ph.D. from the University of Essex. Her dissertation was published as Installation Art: A Critical History and quickly became an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the subject, and her edited volume, Participation, is also highly regarded. Her book Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (2012) was one of two sole winners of the College Art Association’s 2013 Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism. Bishop is also 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. She is a frequent contributor to Artforum. See her website on and online archive.