In Dialogue: Claire Bishop and Claire Doherty


Thursday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Lived Practice, on view September 20–December 20 at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries (33 S. State St., 7th floor), this dialogue continues a season of critical thinking around social practice developed by SAIC to address this burgeoning and much-debated field. Learn more at 

Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic based in the PhD program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York. Her books include Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (2012), for which she won the 2013 Frank Jewett Mather award for art criticism. She is a regular contributor to Artforum, and her latest book, Radical Museology, or, What's Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?, was published in the fall of 2013 by Koenig Books. 

Claire Doherty is the founder and director of Situations, which produces artworks and projects in unexpected locations across the world. Doherty is renowned for pioneering new forms of public art, from Alex Hartley's Nowhereisland to the yearlong series One Day Sculpture in New Zealand. Her publications, From Studio to Situation (2004) and the Situation edition of Whitechapel's acclaimed Documents of Contemporary Art (2009) series have both become set texts for the study of contemporary art, site, place, and location. In 2014 Situations will launch the Public Art Now national program of events, books, and film interviews, including the publication of Out of Time, Out of Place: Public Art (Now) (Art/Books) in November.


Clarie Bishop's blog

“He Said, She Said: Claire Bishop vs. the Internet in the Pages of Artforum,”, by M.H. Miller

“Art Cannot Provide a Way Out,”, by Ryan Wong

Former West

“Episode 417: Claire Doherty,” Bad at Sports, with Caroline Picard



Claire Bishop, book cover for Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (Verso, 2012). Claire Bishop Claire Doherty. Photo: ©Max McClure. Futurefarmers, Bakehouse Bjørvika, 2013. Photo: ©Max McClure. Alex Harley, Nowhereisland Ambassador & Embassy, 2012. Photo: ©Max McClure. Heather and Ivan Morison, The Black Cloud, 2009. Photo: ©Claire Doherty.