Wesleyan portrait of Claire  Grace

Claire Grace

Associate Professor of Art History

Boger Hall, 305

Program Director, Art History

Associate Professor, American Studies


BA Brown University
MA Middlebury College
PHD Harvard University

Claire Grace

Claire Grace is an art historian specializing in art from the 1960s to the present, primarily in U.S. contexts, and with a particular focus on intersections between aesthetic practices and social and political intervention. She is the author of Art Demonstration: Group Material and the 1980s (MIT Press / October Books, 2022). Writings on this and other topics can be found in OctoberMousse, Afterall, Photoworks, and the exhibition catalogue This Will Have Been: Art, Love, & Politics in the 1980s (2012). Her essay "Notes on Diffraction: Gabriel Orozco and Photography" was published in the Summer 2019 issue of Art Journal. Two new projects are underway, one treating vaporous violence and the substantiations of air, and another tentatively titled "After Canons: The Arts and Letters of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.".


Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2023: Boger Hall 305, 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays. See https://calendly.com/crgrace/claire-grace-office-hours to secure a time.


Fall 2024
ARHA 253 - 01
Art After 1945

ARHA 360 - 01
Art and Political Ecology