Jenny Lin is Director of the MA in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere and Associate Professor of Critical Studies at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. As a scholar, writer, and curator, Professor Lin explores relations between twentieth and twenty-first century art and design and social phenomena such as urbanization, globalization, and decolonization. Her first book, Above sea: Contemporary art, urban culture and the fashioning of global Shanghai (Manchester University Press, 2019), intervenes into global contemporary art discourse through a cross-cultural study of art, architecture, fashion, and film created in and about cosmopolitan Shanghai. She is currently writing a new book, Another Beautiful Country: Moving Images by Chinese American Artists, and curating a related exhibition scheduled to open at USC’s Pacific Asia Museum in 2023. Professor Lin’s writings about various topics (e.g., contemporary Asian and Asian American art, cultural revolution, queer video installation, Chinese-Italian art/fashion exchanges, design in Silicon Valley) have appeared in Art Margins, Shanghai Culture, Frieze, Flash Art, X-TRA, and anthologies such as Fandom as Methodology, Participatory Urbanisms, Companion to Urban Imaginaries, Cities of Light, and Aesthetics of Gentrification. Her research has been supported by numerous fellowships and grants, including from the UC Pacific Rim Research Program, Confucius Institute, US Department of Education, and Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. Professor Lin has extensive curatorial and studio experience, having worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and with artists and galleries in Shanghai since the early 2000s. In 2016, she published a catalogue for her exhibition Picturing Global China, which received a Typography Award from Communication Arts. Professor Lin received her MA and PhD in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and BA in Architectural Studies and Italian Studies from Brown University.
Photo: Jeremy Atherton Lin