Jenny Lin is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Art and Art History at the Universityof Oregon. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History, with a focus in contemporary Chinese art, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her B.A. in Architectural Studies and Italian Studies at Brown University. Jenny’s general research interests lie in the relations between twentieth and twenty-first century art and design praxes and broader social phenomena, such as colonialism, urbanization, and globalization. Her current book project studies imaginations and constructions of cosmopolitan Shanghai vis-à-vis art, architecture, and film produced within and about the city, and addresses issues of Chinese modernity and cultural hybridity. Her research has been supported by fellowships from UCLA’s Graduate Division, the UC Pacific Rim Research program, the U.S. Department of Education’s FLAS program, and the Confucius Institute at Fudan University. Jenny has presented and published her research in a number of venues, including Columbia University, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Association for Asian Studies annual conference, at which she chaired a panel on contemporary Asian art, and in X-TRA, Frieze, and Shanghai Wenhua (Shanghai Culture). In the art practice and curatorial realms, Jenny has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, Shanghai’s Space Art Gallery, and at artist Gu Wenda’s studio. She is currently organizing an exhibition of contemporary Shanghai-based photography in conjunction with the White Box Gallery in Portland.
Lin is the moderator for Panel: The City.