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Nancy Lin

Postdoctoral Associate

Nancy Lin

Educational Background

Ph.D. The University of Chicago

B.A. Harvard University



Nancy P. Lin is a Klarman Postdoctoral Associate specializing in modern and contemporary Chinese art and architecture with a particular interest in the relationship between art and urbanism. Studying contemporary Chinese art through a transregional perspective, her current book project examines locally situated, yet globally oriented site-based art practices in China during the 1990s and early 2000s. It explores the aesthetic and socio-political stakes for how and why artists during this period began to work “on-site” in everyday urban spaces such as city streets, construction sites, and other unconventional locations. She is also at work on a new project that explores the history of performance art in China and East Asia. Incorporating materials from Cornell’s Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant-garde Art, this project considers the documentary mediation of performance art and issues surrounding performative action’s (in)visibility, duration, and public impact. Lin’s publications include a forthcoming chapter in the edited volume The Allure of Matter: Materiality Across Chinese Art (Smart Museum of Art, 2021), an article in the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect, Winter 2021), and a chapter in the edited volume Visual Arts, Representations and Interventions in Contemporary China: Urbanized Interface (Amsterdam University Press, 2018). 


  • History of Art and Visual Studies