Wesleyan portrait of Claire  Grace

Claire Grace

Associate Professor of Art History

Boger Hall, 305

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.".


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Office Hours

Spring 2022: Fridays 12:30-2:30 via https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/99134682573. To schedule a time: https://calendly.com/clairergrace/spring-2022-office-hours


Fall 2023
ARHA 250 - 01
Unsettling American Art

ARHA 253 - 01
Art After 1945