Conceptual Modes of Theory
Author / Authority
Reading / Literacy / Texts / Literature / Semiotics / Translations
Subjectivity / Interpretation
Culture: Multiculturalism, Popular Culture, Media Culture
Ideology
History
Space / Time
Posts: Post-modernism, Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism
Differences: Gender, Queer, Race, Class
Agency

Sharper Categories For Theory:
Class
Race
Gender
Capitalism
Critical Theory
Modernism
Postmodernism
Psychoanalytic Theory
Postcolonial Theory
Deconstructionism
Constructivism
Cultural Theory
Social Theory
Gender Studies
Feminism
Black Studies
Queer Theory
Popular Culture / Everyday
Visual Culture
Semiotics
Literary Theory
Cinema Studies
Architectural Theory
Space
Time
Spectacle
Consumer Aesthetics / Culture

People:
Plato
Aristotle
Socrates
Wilhelm Hegel
Friedrich Nietzsche
Jean-Francois Lyotard
Levi Strauss
Judith Butler
Cornel West
WEB Du Bois
Ad Reinhardt
Stanley Cavell
Asger Jorn
Robert Smithson
Piero Manzoni
Germano Celant
Emile Zola
Hugo Ball
Tristan Tzara
Georges Bataille
Guy Debord
Jaques Lacan
Dick Hebdige
Rudolf Arnheim
Theodore Adorno
Max Horkheimer
Arjun Appadurai
Slovoj Zizek
Henri Lefebvre
Marshall McLuhan
Walter Benjamin
Michael Foucault
Michael de Certeau
Jean Baudrillard
Pierre Bourdieu
Frederick Jameson
Clement Greenberg
Edward Said
Paulo Freire
bell hooks
Gayatri Spivak
Edward Soja
Horace Cayton
St. Clair Drake
Rene Decartes
Immanuel Kant
Jean-Paul Sartre
Jaques Derrida
Giles Deleuze
Felix Guattari
Stuart Hall
Simon During
Karl Marx
Homi Bhabha
Terry Eagleton
Antonio Gramsci
Marcel Du Champ
Roland Barthes
David Harvey
Charles Jencks
Robert Venturi
La Corbusier

Art Critics:
Lawrence Alloway
Guillaume Apollinaire
Zacharie Astruc
Albert Aurier
Charles Baudelaire
Sister Wendy Beckett
Clive Bell
Bernard Berenson
John Berger
John Canaday
Champfleury
Kenneth Clark
T.J. Clark
Robert Coates
Clarence Cook
Royal Cortissoz
Arthur Danto
Denis Diderot
James Elkins
Félix Fénéon
Peter Frank
Michael Fried
Roger Fry
Clement Greenberg
Dave Hickey
Robert Hughes
Edouard Jaguer
Michael Kimmelman
Hilton Kramer
Rosalind Krauss
Donald Kuspit
Julien Leclercq
Louis Leroy
Lucy Lippard
Giovanni Lista
Camille Mauclair
Octave Mirbeau
Robert C. Morgan
Linda Nochlin
Frank O'Hara
Saul Ostrow
Griselda Pollock
Arlene Raven
Herbert Read
Pierre Restany
Barbara Rose
Harold Rosenberg
Robert Rosenblum
John Ruskin
John Russell
Frank Rutter
André Salmon
Jerry Saltz
Irving Sandler
Peter Schjeldahl
Brian Sewell
Roberta Smith
Rafael Squirru
Leo Stein
Leo Steinberg
Michel Tapié
Théophile Thoré-Bürger
Tristan Tzara
Louis Vauxcelles
Karen Wilkin
Émile Zola