Dr. Tan specializes in Chinese and East Asian art in the 20th and 21st century. Her research interests include global modernism and avant-gardism, theories and practices of public and socially engaged art, art and ecocriticism, inter-Asia connections between artists and art collectives, and the history of collecting and exhibiting of Asian/Asian American art in the United States. Her recently completed book project examines contemporary Chinese artists turn to the non-elite and marginalized sectors of the public and argues that such a turn enables them to craft a peripherical avant-gardism and to intervene in the sphere of local as well as global politics. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Art Journal, World Art, Third Text, among others. She currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and Verge: Studies in Global Asias. In addition to upper level courses on modern and contemporary Chinese and Asian art, Dr. Tan also teaches survey courses as well as graduate seminars in art history and Asian Studies.
- Ph.D. in comparative literature and contemporary art history (University of Texas at Austin)
- M.A. in comparative literature (University of Texas at Austin)
- B.A. in Economics and Chinese Literature/Language (Peking University, China)
Modern and Contemporary Chinese and East Asian Art