Roski Talks: Jenny Lin & Meiling Cheng

Oct 5, 7pm
Roski Graduate Bldg

Open to Roski Community



1262 Palmetto Street (Los Angeles Arts District)



Roski Talks are open to the USC Roski community and free
Reservations here.



Please note: This event will require masks indoors and outdoors for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Unvaccinated individuals must maintain a 6’ physical distance from those outside of their household while consuming food or beverage. Anyone refusing to comply with mask requirements is subject to removal from the event. To notify the university of a positive case of COVID-19, please call 213-740-6291 or email

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Jenny Lin, Scholar and USC Roski Professor

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 UrbanismsCompanion 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.


Meiling Cheng, Scholar and USC School of Dramatic Arts Professor

Meiling Cheng is Professor of Dramatic Arts in Critical Studies and Head of Critical Studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, with a joint appointment at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. She is the author of In Other Los Angeleses: Multicentric Performance Art (2002) and Beijing Xingwei: Contemporary Chinese Time-Based Art (2013), for which she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Zumberge Research Award. She coedited, with Gabrielle Cody, the critical anthology Reading Contemporary Performance: Theatricality Across Genres (2016).

At the core of Cheng’s research is her aspiration for intellectual adaptability. She takes the theory of multicentricity as her conceptual starting point and performative writing as her creative medium to practice intermedial critical art.

Dr. Cheng, together with Rolf Hoefer and Claudia Bucher, founded the performance collective, the Museum of OMMMMM/MoOM (2010- ), which, with the new member Brighde Mullins and invited guests Toti O’Brien and Penelope Boston, published “Turning Animal, with 100 Claws” (2018) in the 100th edition of the Wales-based Performance Research.