2012 NEH Summer Institute Scholars

Bernabe, Dr. Jan Christian
Art History and Visual Culture Studies
Whitman College

Bernabe, Dr. Jan ChristianJan Christian Bernabe is currently an independent scholar and curator based in Chicago. For the last two years, he has taught at Whitman College in the art history and visual culture department, where he taught courses on Asian American Art History and Visual Culture, Queer Visual Culture, and Postcolonial Visual Culture. At Whitman, he curated the art exhibit “Techniques: Contemporary Asian American Time-Based Art.” He is working on a manuscript on contemporary Filipino American time-based art.

Chen, Ms. Abby C
Chinese Culture Foundation of SF

Chen, Ms. Abby CAbby is an active curator and art administrator in Chinese contemporary cultural field. Her research interest is 1.5 Generation Chinese American artists and Chinese women artists. She is the Curator and Program Director at the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, overseeing the Center’s visual art program, including Xian Rui/Fresh Sharp Artist Excellence Series and the Present Tense Biennial. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Chinese Artist Network (CAN), an organization dedicated to promoting Chinese contemporary media and visual artists. With CAN, Abby has curated exhibits for San Francisco Arts Commission, Museum of Chinese in America in New York, San Leandro History Museum & Art Gallery, Photo San Francisco and Olive Hyde Art Gallery.

Gavino, Miss Julianne P
History of Art and Architecture
University of California, Santa Barbara

Gavino, Miss Julianne PJulianne P. Gavino is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her B.A. in History of Art (1994) at the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. in Museum Studies (2006) at New York University. Her dissertation focuses on the work of Asian American artists in California (post-1970) with a theoretical orientation on race and public space. Julianne also teaches courses in contemporary art and visual culture. Recently, she completed a year-long curatorial fellowship at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum UC Santa Barbara. On other fronts, she continues to develop curatorial projects, digital archives, and arts community building.

Hansman, Ms. Curt B, PhD
History of Art and Architecture
DePaul University

Hansman, Ms. Curt B, PhDCurt Hansman has taught courses on the history of Asian art at DePaul University since 1997, including a survey (India, China, Japan), Arts of China, Word and Image in East Asia, and since 2005, Positioning Asian American Art in History. Her early research focused in and around painting as a political tool in Song/Yuan China; more recently it has focused on interaction of art/politics/language/identity. She has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Asia. Outside the academy She is a mother, potter, runner, and like many art historians, a detective fiction aficionado. Twitter handle @achinatiger. Still choosing not to be on Face Book.

Hauseur, Dr. Krystal R
Visual Studies Program
University of California, Irvine

Hauseur, Dr. Krystal RKrystal Hauseur received her Ph.D. in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She was introduced to Asian American art as an undergraduate researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, for the recently published biographical survey, Asian American Art: A History, 1950-1970. Her doctoral thesis “Crafted Abstraction: Three Nisei Artists and the American Studio Craft Movement” was a project that reexamined the meaning of postwar abstraction by focusing on the hybrid expressions of three women craft artists (Ruth Asawa, Kay Sekimachi, and Toshiko Takaezu). This project was in contrast to her master thesis that examined the history of negative representations of Asian Americans that are critiqued in the straightforward, graphic art of Roger Shimomura. Hauseur’s interests are in teaching, preserving and sharing the experiences of Asian American artists.


Kavuri-Bauer, Dr. Santhi
Art Department
San Francisco State University

Kavuri-Bauer, Dr. Santhi I teach classes on contemporary Asian art and Asian American art history at San Francisco State University. I curated a show in 2011 called Picturing Parallax that focused on the photography and video of the South Asian diaspora. Currently I am researching abstraction in Asian American painting.


Kina, Professor Laura L
Department of Art, Media, & Design
DePaul University

Kina, Professor Laura L Laura Kina received her MFA Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001 and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. She is an Associate Professor and Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, and Design and American Studies, American Studies, Global Asian Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies affiliated faculty member at DePaul University.

Born in Riverside, California in 1973 to an Okinawan father from Hawai’i and a Spanish-Basque/Anglo mother, Kina was raised in Poulsbo, WA, a small Norwegian town in the Pacific Northwest. The artist currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Her work has shown nationally and internationally, and is represented in Miami, FL by Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts. Her solo shows include: Sugar (Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, 2010), A Many-Splendored Thing (Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL 2010), Aloha Dreams and Hapa Soap Operas (Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL 2007 and 2003), and Loving (Grand Projects, New Haven, CT 2006). Between 2009-2011 the works in Kina’s Devon Avenue Sampler series traveled to five venues in India and the U.S. as part of a two-woman show Indigo: Laura Kina and Shelly Jyoti. The show will open next in 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Her artwork has been published in Modeling Citizenship: Jewish and Asian American Writing, Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak OutEmbracing Ambiguity: Faces of the Future, and The New Authentics: Artists of the Post-Jewish Generation.

Kina is the Midwest coordinator for the Diasporic Asian Arts Network and a member of theInternational Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research. She serves on the board member ofMAVIN in Seattle and The Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago. She is a founding member of the Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) biennial conference and a founding member and comanaging editor of the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies. Kina, along with Wei Ming Dariotis, is the coeditor of a forthcoming multiauthor volume War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art (University of Washington Press, 2013) and a cocurator of a forthcoming related exhibition of the same title at the DePaul University Art Museum (April 26-June 30, 2013) and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (August 9, 2013-January 19, 2014). War Baby/Love Child was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts 2012 Art Works grant.

Lam, Professor Mariam B
Comparative Literature
University of California, Riverside

Lam, Professor Mariam BMariam Lam specializes in Southeast Asian and Asian American film, literature and visual arts. Her particular interests include digital video installation, photojournalism, and mixed media genres. She is founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies (U California P). Her book, Not Coming to Terms: Viet Nam, Post-Trauma and Cultural Politics (forthcoming Duke UP), analyzes cultural production and community politics within and across Viet Nam, France, and the US, while her current project, Surfin’ the Cold Wave: New Circulations of Cold War Culture and Global Capital, explores the terrain of Vietnamese, Khmer, Lao and Hmong diasporic culture and transnational media networks.

Le, Dr. Viet
Insitute of European & American Studies
Academia Sinica

Le, Dr. VietViet Le is an artist, writer and independent curator. He received his MFA from UC Irvine and his PhD from the University of Southern California (Department of American Studies and Ethnicity). Le has exhibited his artwork internationally including the Banffe Center (Alberta), Civitella Ranieri (Umbertide), Dobaebasca Gallery (Seoul), Java Arts (Phnom Penh) and H Gallery (Bangkok). He curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica); Charlie Don’t Surf (Centre A, Vancouver); Chains of Love: the Shadows of Empire (Oceanside Museum of Art) and co-curated the Kuandu Biennale, humor us (with Leta Ming and Yong Soon Min) and transPOP: Korea Viet Nam Remix (with Yong Soon Min). His work has been published in Amerasia Journal, positions, Newsweek Asia, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art: An Anthology, Crab Orchid Review, among others. Le received fellowships from Fulbright Hays (VietNam), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), the Center for Khmer Studies (Cambodia), Fine Arts Work Center (USA), Academia Sinica (Taipei), and is an assistant professor in the Visual Studies Department at the California College of the Arts (San Francisco). vietle.net

Lee, Dr. Kyoo
Department of Philosophy
John Jay College

Lee, Dr. KyooQ, a.k.a. Kyoo Lee, is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College, CUNY, where she is also affiliated faculty for the Gender Studies, Justice Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies Programs, along with the Honors Program. She also teaches graduate courses and leads faculty seminars in feminist and critical theories at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she started as a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities and is actively involved in promoting interdisciplinary public intellection.

Dually trained in Continental philosophy (Warwick University) and literary theory (London University), both in the evolving tradition of post-phenomenological, “deconstructive” scholarship à la Benjamin/Derrida/de Man, Kyoo Lee publishes widely in the intersecting fields of the theoretical Humanities such as Aesthetics, Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature/Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Critical Race theory, Cultural Studies, Deconstruction, Feminist Philosophy, Gender Studies, Phenomenology, Poetics, Rhetoric and Translation. Her first and forthcoming book is titled Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy and Bad (Fordham University Press, 2012).

Currently, she is working on a few book-length ‘Alterities’ projects such as one on aporetic intimacy between emotion and reflection in Cartesian philosophy, the sequel to the first monograph; one on ‘Familial Alterities,’ funded by the Mellon Foundation, was inspired by the “paper sons” of Chinese America, the shadowy legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act; another one, on ‘Transnational Alterities,’ looks at intersectional differences between xenophobia(/philia) and racism in the U.S., starting with the Asian American context that eludes and challenges the black & white racial binary.

Mak, Ms. Sonia S
Independent Scholar
Alhambra, CA

Mak, Ms. Sonia SSonia Mak is a Los Angeles-based independent curator of modern and contemporary art by women artists and artists of color. Ms. Mak curated an exhibition and authored a catalogue, entitled ‘Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles, as part of the Getty Foundation’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945-1980. She was a founding curator at the Chinese American Museum, and has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Autry National Center, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Morono Kiang Gallery.

Metrick-Chen, Dr. Lenore S
Department of Art and Art History
Drake University

Metrick-Chen, Dr. Lenore S Lenore Metrick – Chen is Associate Professor of Art and Cultural History at Drake University. She specializes in imagology and examines visual art’s function as a language of cultural communication and memory. Much of her research concentrates on transnational relations of art and people, especially between the United States and China. She has extensively explored the reception and effects of United States Exclusion policies on 19th century American visual culture: in her book Collecting Objects/ Excluding People: Chinese Subjects and the American Visual Culture 1870-1900 (Sept 2012 SUNY Press); and in articles (e.g. “Class, Race, Floating Signifier: The American Media Imagines Chinese, 1870-1900,” upcoming volume from Brill). She also has curated significant exhibitions in this area (“Cultural Intersections in the Colonial Period: Africa, China, France, Japan and the United States,” 2010); and participated in national and international conferences (The Politics of Chinoiserie in 19th Century America,” Association of Art Historians UK Annual Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK). Her knowledge of Chinese/American art and people in the 19th century serves as background for her explorations on similar topics currently. She has written a catalogue essay on Chinese American artist Phillip Chen (“Picturing States of Affairs,” 2009) and is currently working on a presentation for the Danish Memory Network on the languages of ruins in contemporary art in China and the West.

Milford-Lutzker, Professor Mary-Ann
Department of Art and Art History
Mills College

Milford-Lutzker, Professor Mary-AnnMary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Professor of Asian Art History, holds the Carver Chair in East Asian Studies, and is Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Mills College. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, for which she researched the texts and sculptural reliefs of the Kiratarjuniyam and Arjunawiwaha in South and Southeast Art and Architecture. Her early work focused on traditional Indian and Indonesian art and she curated exhibitions including The Image of Women in Indian Art in 1985, and Myths and Symbols in Indonesian Art, in 1991.

Milford-Lutzker has received senior fellowships from the American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS), the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to study contemporary South Asian art focusing on the work of women artists in India. In 1997 she curated Women Artists of India: A Celebration of Independence, an exhibition of the art of fifteen women artists that was part of India’s celebration of fifty years of independence from British colonial rule. She has curated exhibitions of the art of Mayumi Oda, Narae Mochizuki, Micah Schwaberow, Wang Chang-Chieh, Pallavi Sharma, Brenda Louie, and Zarina Hashmi.

Among her publications are exhibition catalogues, articles and reviews that have appeared in Artibus Asiae, Art Journal, Artweek, Woman’s Art Journal, Crossroads, Journal of Asian Studies, New Asia Review, Orientations, India Currents, Lotus Leaves. She was on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (CAA), 2005-2010; and on the Board of Directors of ASIANetwork, 2006-2009; she has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Council for Southern Asian Art (ACSAA), and the Society for the Art and Cultural Heritage of India (SACHI); she serves on the Advisory Committee for the Society for Asian Art of the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; and is on the Commission for Asian Contemporary Art, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. In 1995 she served as an NGO Delegate to the United Nations 4th International Conference on Women, in Beijing, China.

Milford-Lutzker was born in England and has lived in India.

Min, Professor Susette S
Asian American Studies
University of California Davis

Min, Professor Susette SSusette Min is an Associate Professor at UC Davis and an independent curator. Min received her Ph.D. from Brown University. Before, she was at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University and was Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at The Drawing Center in New York City. Min was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Pomona College. Her research interests include Asian American Literature, Ethnic American Literature, Asian American Art, contemporary art, and visual culture.

Moser, Dr. Joann G
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Moser, Dr. Joann GJoann Moser has been Senior Curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum since 1986. Before coming to Washington, she was the Senior Curator of Collections and Acting Director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City.

Dr. Moser received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she also completed her master’s degree. She holds a B.A. in art history from Smith College.

Her most recent major exhibition and publication are What’s It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect. Singular Impressions: The Monotype in America, was published in 1997 and served as the catalogue for an exhibition by the same title. She has also written on the famous printmaking workshop Atelier 17, the paintings of Jean Metzinger, the drawings of Joseph Stella, and collaborative printmaking in the United States before 1960. She has published an essay on the prints of Nathan Oliveira and has written the lead essay for an upcoming catalogue raisonné of the prints of Sean Scully. Some recent publications are Graphic Masters, a catalogue of drawings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection and an interview with Hung Liu for the American Art journal.

Park, Ms. Eun J
Visual Arts
University of California, San Diego

Park, Ms. Eun JEun Jung Park is an art historian, independent curator, and educator. She recently curated an exhibition for the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles for the 20th anniversary of the ’92 riots. She teaches two courses that she created entitled “From Dr. Noh to Margaret Cho: Asian Americans, Mass Media, and Popular Culture” and “Visual Culture & Institutions of Meaning” at UCSD’s Muir College Writing Program. She is also an adjunct professor at the Design Institute of San Diego, teaching “Modern Art History” and “Ideas in Art and Architecture” since 2009. Her recent publications include “A Productive Void” for Teaching Diversity, an anthology edited by James Lee and Carrie Wastal; and “Korean American Cultural Expressions: Evolution of P’ungmul” for Koreans in America: History, Identity and Community, an anthology edited by Grace Yoo.

Eun received her B.A. in Art History with a specialization in business and administration from UCLA in 1997. She worked as a marketing analyst for 8 years before going back to graduate school in 2004 for an M.A. in Art History at San Francisco State University. She is entering the last year of her graduate education, completing a dissertation on Korean American Artists and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots as a PhD Candidate in the Visual Art History, Theory & Criticism Department at UCSD.

Patel, Professor Alpesh K
Art + Art History
Florida International University

Patel, Professor Alpesh KAlpesh Kantilal Patel was appointed assistant professor in contemporary art and theory in August 2011. A visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at New York University from 2010 to 2011, he received his BA in art history with honors from Yale University, New Haven, CT in 1997 and his PhD from the University of Manchester in England in 2009.

His book project, Queering Desi as Visual Knowledge: Public, Urban, and Cultural Space, is near completion. He is beginning work on another monograph on identity in a “post-identity’ Western art world. The latter is the subject of a new course he is teaching. Professor Patel also teaches courses on contemporary art and critical theory for MFA students.

A frequent contributor to Artforum.com, he has given lectures in museums and universities across Western Europe and the US and has worked in the curatorial departments and director’s offices of the New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

An active curator, he has organized exhibitions in the US and England. For more information on his 2007 project Mixing It Up, see: http://mixingitupmanchester.blogspot.com/. He was awarded a 2012 grant from FIU’s ETSCA (Office of Engaged Teaching, Scholarship, and Creative Activities) to organize workshops and lectures concerning how best to utilize the university’s new gallery on Miami Beach.

Robinson, Dr. Greg
Université du Québec À Montréal

Robinson, Dr. GregGreg Robinson, a native New Yorker, is Full Professor of History at l’Université du Québec À Montréal, a French-language institution in Montreal, Canada, and an affiliated researcher at that university’s Center for United States Studies. A specialist in North American Ethnic Studies and U.S. Political History, he is the author of the notable books By Order of the President: FDR and the Internment of Japanese Americans (Harvard University Press, 2001), which spent four months on Academia magazine’s scholarly bestseller list, and A Tragedy of Democracy: Japanese Confinement in North America (Columbia University Press, 2009), winner of the 2009 History book prize of the Association for Asian American Studies. He is also coeditor of the anthology Miné Okubo: Following Her Own Road (University of Washington Press, 2008) and Associate Editor of Gale/Macmillan’s 5-volume Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History and its supplement. His most recent books are After Camp: Portraits in Midcentury Japanese American Life and Politics (University of California Press, 2012), which centers on coalitions between Japanese Americans and other minorities in the postwar years, and Pacific Citizens: Larry and Guyo Tajiri and Japanese American Journalism in the World War II Era (University of Illinois Press, 2012) a study of a couple of pioneering Nisei journalists. Professor Robinson has also been active in the public space and the blogsphere. He writes a regular column, “The Great Unknown and the Unknown Great,” for the San Francisco Nichi Bei Weekly.

Tang, Professor Amy C
Wesleyan University

Tang, Professor Amy CAmy C. Tang is Assistant Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University. Her research focuses on the intersections between social marginality and aesthetic form in late twentieth and early twenty-first century literature and art. She is completing a book, Race, Repetition, and the Contemporary Politics of Form, which considers formal strategies of repetition in Asian American Literature as a way of understanding how race, aesthetic form, and politics intersect in contemporary culture. She received her Ph.D from Stanford University (2009) and her B.A. from Harvard University (1994). Her essay “Postmodern Repetitions: Parody, Trauma, and the Case of Kara Walker” recently appeared in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.


Vo, Dr. Chuong-Dai
Foreign Languages and Literatures

Vo, Dr. Chuong-DaiChuong-Dai Vo is a Visiting Scholar in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MIT. Her research focuses on how war and global migrations affect the gendered production of literature, cinema and visual culture, in particular in the circuits between Southeast Asia and the U.S. Her current book project, An Assemblage of Fragments: Transnational Vietnamese Culture and Post-War Returns, examines post-1975 representations of the Vietnamese civil war and its specter in post 9/11 productions. The project theorizes diaspora as foundational to the make-up of the nation, and therefore disruptive of nationalist historiographies used in discourses of war and national sovereignty. The project also challenges academic models of national cultures by reframing the “national” as always already archaeological sites of diasporic and transnational representational practices.

Her publications can be found in Journal of Vietnamese Studies; Political Regimes and the Media in Asia, edited by Krishna Sen and Terence Lee; and Film in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Cultural Interpretation and Social Intervention, edited by David Lim and Hiroyuki Yamamoto. She is co-editing an anthology on transnational and diasporic Southeast Asian culture, to be published by University of Hawai’i in association with UCLA Center for Asian American Studies.

Wang, Dr. Aileen J
Assistant Professor
Art History and Museum Studies
Long Island University Post

neh21Aileen received her Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University in New Jersey, with a specialization in Renaissance art. Since then, her research interests have evolved towards contemporary Chinese art, which originated during her stint as client advisor in the auction house Christie’s, New York. She returned to academia with a teaching appointment at Penn State, Erie, in 2009. Current research projects revolve around artists whose works grapple with self-conception and the role of cultural legacy in defining Chinese-ness in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She is working on a paper about Cao Fei and other Chinese artists who incorporate digital media and Web technology in their artistic practice. Last year, she collaborated with faculty at the University of Haifa to bring Shanghai artist Yang Fudong’s film “Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest” to Israel, and presented a related paper at the East Asian Studies Conference, hosted by Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary approaches in art history pedagogy, and the use of teaching technology to increase student engagement and enhance learning outside the classroom. She will begin a new appointment as assistant professor in art history and museum studies at Long Island University Post in the fall.

Wang, Dr. ShiPu
Global Arts Studies Program
SSHA, University of California, Merced

Wang, Dr. ShiPuShipu Wang is an art historian and founding faculty of the Global Arts Studies Program (GASP) at University of California, Merced. He was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2011, five years after he started teaching at UC Merced.

Wang’s areas of expertise are twentieth-century visual culture and theory in the North American and Pacific Asian contexts, with specializations in (post-)modernisms and critical race theories, and secondary specializations in museum studies and modern Chinese art.

His scholarship focuses on studying the history of global modernisms in visual art and culture. In particular, he has devoted great efforts to rediscovering the diverse artistic production and cultural contribution of émigré Asian and Asian American artists in pre-WW II United States that merit substantial scholarly attention.

He has published extensively in both English and Chinese, and continues to engage in museum and curatorial work, as well as in photography, filmmaking, and fiction writing.

Dr. Wang’s first book, Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, was published by University of Hawai’i Press in June 2011.

Wong, Mr. Steven Y
Chinese American Museum

Wong, Mr. Steven YSteve Y. Wong is the Curator for the Chinese American Museum in Los Angles where he is responsible for researching, planning, implementing, and curating the museums permanent and changing/temporary exhibitions. He is currently working on (de)Constructing Chinatown, an exhibition that explores the complexities of a neighborhood and its communities with recent works by Los Angeles-based artists Heimir Björgúlfsson, Audrey Chan, Phung Huynh, Betty Lee, James Rojas, Michael Sakamoto, Shizu Saldamando, and Matthew Winkler.

Previously Steve was the Director of Digital Literacy Initiatives at the Little Tokyo Service Center in Los Angeles, and he has lectured both at UC Santa Barbara and Ventura College in the Art Studio, Asian American Studies, and History Departments. He holds a BA in Art and a MA in Asian American Studies, both from UC Los Angeles, and a MFA in Art from UC Santa Barbara.

When Steve’s not hard at work at the museum, he could be found working on his art in his studio in Chinatown.

Yamamura, Professor Midori
Art Dept, S 155
Kingsborough Community College

Yamamura, Professor MidoriMidori Yamamura, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY and a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art. Her dissertation is a pioneering study of the Japanese female artist Yayoi Kusama through a comparative examination of postwar artistic developments in Japan, the United States, and Europe. Among various distinctions, she has been the recipient of Predoctoral Fellowships from the Smithsonian American Museum Terra Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Center for Place Culture and Politics at CUNY, and a research travel grant from the Ford Foundation. She is a contributor to the 2011 Tate Modern catalogue, Yayoi Kusama and the main author of the Boijman’s Museum catalogue Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years.


Yee, Miss Michelle
Art History
CUNY Graduate Center

Yee, Miss MichelleMichelle Yee is a doctoral student in Art History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and teaches undergraduate courses at Queens College. Her research interests include contemporary Asian American art, artistic negotiations of inherited memory and trauma by second-generation Asian Americans, and relational aesthetics as forms of cosmopolitanism. She is currently co-editing a special edition of Third Text on transnationalism and contributed an essay entitled “Moving Materials: Reclaiming Histories of Migration” for the catalog of the exhibition, Indigo Narratives. Michelle holds an MA in Art History from the University of Connecticut and a BA in Art History and English from Georgetown University.

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