Michael Jay McClure

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Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Email: mjmcclure@wisc.edu

Office Number: 206A Elvehjem

Office Hours:
Thursdays: 1:00-3:00 and by appointment


PhD, MA, History of Art, Bryn Mawr

Michael Jay McClure teaches the history and theory of contemporary art. More generally, McClure specializes in contemporary art’s relationship to post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, new media, Modernism, and has a long standing commitment to explicate the volatile intersection between art, gender studies, and queer theory. His research has appeared, or is forthcoming, in a number of journals including Discourse, Art Journal, Sexuality and Gender Studies, The Radical History Review, and Performance Research and he has considered artists such as Matthew Barney, Nan Goldin, Pipilotti Rist, Trisha Donnelly, Andy Warhol, Pierre Huyghe, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jasper Johns, and the dancer Jonah Bokaer. His first manuscript, now completed, is titled Rematerialized: Queer Objects in Contemporary
American Art and he is completing a second titled, tentatively, Notes on an Exhibition: Contemporary Art and Forms of Reference. His honors include the Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award and the Mrs. Giles M. Whiting Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities. He received his MA and PhD in History of Art from Bryn Mawr and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Areas of Research and Teaching:

Contemporary Art, Twentieth Century Art, New Media, Theory (Semiotics, Psychoanalysis, Post-structuralism, Gender Studies, Queer Theory), French Painting, Abstraction, Modernism, Post-modernism

On Faculty Fall 2014.

Courses taught:


Art 108: Foundations of Contemporary Art

Art 208: Current Directions in Contemporary Art

Art 448: Art after 1960: New Media

Art 448/Art History 408, Contemporary Art and the Idea of History

Art 448/Art History 408. Identity, Objects, and Contemporary Art


Art 908/Art History 800, Art after 1945: Contested Figures

Art 908/Art History 800, Art after 1960: Film, Video, Self

Art 908/Art History 800, Abstraction after Expression

Art 908/Art History 800, Art, New Media, Visual Culture

Art 908/Art History 800, Performance, Video, Installation

Art 448/Art History 600, Abstraction after Expression

Art 908/Art History 800, Structures, Post-Structuralism, Contemporary Art