Profile: Jenny Lin, Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture
Jenny Lin fell for Shanghai at 22, when she moved there after college. She remembers morning bike rides through the city, with the smell of fresh youtiao—Chinese donuts—rising from food stalls and the sight of older generations practicing tai chi and water calligraphy. “I love that city,” says Lin, an expert in contemporary Asian art and urban culture. Lin’s father comes from Wenzhou, down the coast from Shanghai, where many relatives still live. Lin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she often spoke Chinese with her father and grandparents. In Shanghai, when she wasn’t teaching English, Lin would join her colleague, a drummer in an all-women Chinese punk band, at underground shows. She also interned at the Space Art Gallery, which focused on public art and street photography. There, Lin first learned that China’s arts scene is booming. Under Chairman Mao, Lin says, “China had a very controlled artistic climate. In the aftermath, artists started developing really cool and experimental avant-garde projects and practices.” Yet there is a dearth of scholarship on the subject. Lin is changing that with her new book Above Sea: Contemporary Art, Urban Culture, and the Fashioning of Global Shanghai…

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April 03, 2019 – 1:25pm PDT