Michael Jay McClure


206A Elvehjem

Michael Jay McClure

Office Hours
By appointment; please sign up at the address above.
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 recently completed manuscript is “Proposition: Contemporary Art in the Instructional Mode” and is revising another called “Rematerialized: Three Portfolios on Sex and Gender in Contemporary Art.” 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.

“Interface: Jonah Bokaer and the Screen Inside,” in The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies, Douglas Rosenberg, ed., (New York and Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2016), 573-590


“I Made It through the Wilderness,” in Warhol’s Nature, Chad Alligood, curator, (Betonville, AK: Crystal Bridges Museum, distributed by Skira, 2015), pp. 16-24


“Latent Images: Archives Behaving Badly,” Radical History Review, vol. 2014, no. 3 (Fall 2014), with Leah DeVun (Rutgers University), pp. 121-130


“Prima Facie: The Photograph, the Unphotographed, & the Boston School,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, vol. 15, no. 2, (Spring 2014), pp. 103-120


“If This Need Be Termed Surrender: Tricia Donnelly’s Subjunctive Case,” Art Journal, vol. 72, no. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 20-35


“Queered Cinema: Film, Matter, and Matthew Barney,” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media in Culture,vol. 32, no. 4 (Spring 2011), pp. 150-169


“Thickened Surface: Pipilotti Rist’s Sip My Ocean” in media-N: The Journal of the New Media Caucus(winter 2009), http://www.newmediacaucus.org/


“Notes on Adhesion: The Object of Art and the Work of Art after Conceptualism,” Performance Research, vol.12 no. 4 (Winter 2007/2008), pp. 14-23



Art History 227: The Ends of Modernism

Art History 430: The Wake of Postmodernism

Art History 365: The Concept of Contemporary Art

Art History 408: New Media

Art History 430: The Wake of Postmodernism

Art History 430: World of Warhol

Art History 500: Identity, Objects, Contemporary Art

Art History 500/GEN&WS 642: Visualizing Queer Subjects

Art History 408, Contemporary Art and the Idea of History

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



Art History 701: Practicum in Art History

Art History 800: Affect & Contemporary Art

Art History 800: Abstraction

Art History 800: Contemporary Art & the Private Self

Art History 800, Communities & Spectatorship

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

Art History 800, Abstraction after Expression

Art History 800, Art, New Media, Visual Culture