College of Letters & Science

Michael Jay McClure

Michael Jay McClure
206A Elvehjem
Office Hours
Thursdays: 1:00-3:00 and by appointment

Michael Jay McClure

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
PhD, MA, History of Art, Bryn Mawr
Research Interests
Contemporary Art, Twentieth Century Art, New Media, Theory (Semiotics, Psychoanalysis, Post-structuralism, Gender Studies, Queer Theory), French Painting, Abstraction, Modernism, Post-modernism.

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.

ART 108: Foundations of Contemporary Art
ART 208: Current Directions in Contemporary Art
ART 448: Art after 1960: New Media
ART 448/AH 408: Contemporary Art and the Idea of History
ART 448/AH 408: Identity, Objects, and Contemporary Art

ART 908/AH 800: Art after 1945: Contested Figures
ART 908/AH 800: Art after 1960: Film, Video, Self
ART 908/AH 800: Abstraction after Expression
ART 908/AH 800: Art, New Media, Visual Culture
ART 908/AH 800: Performance, Video, Installation
ART 448/AH 600: Abstraction after Expression
ART 908/AH 800: Structures, Post-Structuralism, Contemporary Art