Claire Daigle

Associate Professor; MA Director
History and Theory of Contemporary Art

Claire Daigle is a writer, art historian and critic. As with her dissertation,Reading Barthes/Writing Twombly, her interests form a constellation around text and image relationships (between theory and practice; experience and verbal articulation—particularly involving color; between contemporary literature and art; among marks, script and signs; and in the connections among everyday practices, documentation and the archive). She also teaches in her sub-specializations in traditional and contemporary Indian and African art. Current projects involve a manuscript on color and an article that reads the Quay Brothers’ The Street of Crocodiles through the lens of Marcel Duchamp.

Selected Publications: 

  • “Continental Rifts: Contemporary Time-Based Works of Africa, The Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles,” review for X-Tra, Volume 12, Number I, Fall 2009, pp. 32-36.
  • “The Spaces Between and Around Words,” feature essay on Cy Twombly for Tate, etc., Issue 13, Summer 2008, pp.
  • To God Belongs the East and West’: the Negotiation of Divergent Aesthetics in Orhan Pamuk’s My Name Is Red,” delivered for the session A Novel Approach: The Fusion of Art History and Historical Fiction at the College Art Association Conference, February 2006.
  • “Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art” at the Museum for African Art and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, review for Sculpture, May 2005.


  • PhD, The Graduate Center and City University of New York Program
  • MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Helena Rubenstein Fellow in Critical Studies, Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studies Program
  • BA, Smith College