Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art History (2007); BA, 1984, Brown University; MA, PhD, 1997, Cornell University. BooksPainters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art; ed., Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, An Anthology; ed., Le Vietnam au Feminin; ed., Studies in Southeast Asian Art History: Essays in Honor of Stanley J. O'ConnorArticlesArt Journal, Arts Asiatiques, Third Text, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, Ethnos, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crossroads, Flash Art, Asian Art News. CurationBreathing is Free: 12,756.3, Recent Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (2009); Changing Identity: Recent Work by Women Artists from Vietnam (2005–2009, travelling); Blue Memory: Tran Trong Vu (2004); Post-War Vietnamese Art: Paintings from the Collection of Bruce Blowitz/Albert Goodman (2016); John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago, 2016. Awards: John Solomon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2014–2015; Getty Collaborative Research Award, 2009; Fulbright Scholar; Asian Cultural Council; Rockefeller-Joiner Center.

Experience at SAIC

Chair, Faculty Contract and Tenure Review Board, 2013
Director of the Graduate Program in Modern and Contemporary Art History, 2009–2012
SAIC Faculty of the Year, 2011


Research interests
Modern and contemporary Vietnamese Art; Contemporary Asian Art; Performance Art

Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art (University of Hawaii and National University of Singapore Press, 2004 and 2009)

Co-editor (with Boreth Ly), Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, An Anthology (Cornell University Press, SEAP, 2012)

Co-editor (with Gisèle Bousquet), Le Vietnam au Feminin (Paris: Les Indes Savantes, 2005)

Editor, Studies in Southeast Asian Art: Essays in Honor of Stanley J. O'Connor (Cornell University Press, SEAP, 2000)

Selected articles
"De la parodie a la propagande: La résistence anticoloniale vue par les graphistes vietnamiens à partir des années 1950," Arts Asiatiques 66 (2011): 239–246

"The Southeast Asian Art Historian as Ethnographer?" Third Text 25.4 (2011): 475–488

"Art Without History: Southeast Asian Artists and Their Communities in the Face of Geography," Art Journal 70.2(2011): 7–23

"Vietnamese Anti-Art and Anti-Vietnamese Artists: Experimental Performance Culture in Hanoi's Alternative Exhibition Spaces," Journal of Vietnamese Studies 2.2 (2007): 108–28

"Archive Fever in Hong Kong" Web proceedings for "Archiving the Contemporary: Documenting Asian Art Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" conference organized by Asia Art Archives, 18–20 April 2005. Published 2006 as

"Why Have There Been No Great Vietnamese Artists?" Michigan Quarterly Review 44.1 (2005): 149–165

(with Hjorleifur Jonsson) "Other Attractions in Vietnam," Asian Ethnicity 3.2 (2002): 233–248.

"'Pho' Phai and Faux Phais: The Market for Fakes in Vietnam and the Appropriation of a National Symbol," Ethnos 64.2(1999): 242–248.

"Orientalism/Occidentalism: The Founding of the 'Ecole des Beaux-Arts d'Indochine' and The Politics of Painting in Colonial Vietnam 1925–1945." Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 11.2 (1997): 1–33.

Curatorial projects
Breathing is Free: 12,756.3, Recent Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba
Betty Rymer Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009

Changing Identity: Recent Works by Women Artists from Vietnam
International Arts and Artists Organization, 2005–2009
Traveled to Trammell Crow Collection, Dallas, TX; Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Depree Art Center, Hope College, Holland, MI; Clara Eagle Art Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY; Cantor Art Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT; Weisman Art Museum, University of Minneapolis.

Blue Memory: Tran Trong Vu (co-curated with Heather Lineberry)
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, 2004

Thesis Advisees

  • Shang-Huei Liang (MA 2016): Action, Image, Archive: Chen Chieh-Jen's Art of Re-imagining, Re-narrating, Re-writing, and Re-connecting
  • Zeenat Nagree (MA 2016) "Surviving Culture" "Co-Existing Cultures:" lndigenism and Authenticity in the Art Criticism of Geeta Kapur and J. Swaminathan in the 1960s
  • Julie Rosenberg (MA 2014): Destruction and Reconstruction: The Art of Hung Liu


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