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Jane Chin Davidson

Jane Chin Davidson
Associate Professor

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Associate Professor
Art & Design
Office Phone(909) 537-3812
Office LocationVA-214

Bio

Jane Chin Davidson an art historian and exhibition curator whose research focuses on performance, decolonizing processes for global exhibitions, transnationalism, feminism, and Chinese identity in contemporary art. She currently serves on the editorial board of Art Journal and in Women of Color Leadership project for National Women’s Studies Association. Chin Davidson was awarded top honors with the Distinguished PhD Postgraduate at the University of Manchester, a British ESRC Fellowship at the Cultural Theory Institute, and a Getty Research Institute Postgraduate Fellowship. She is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Faculty Research award at CSUSB. 

Education

  • UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, UK, Jun 2007, PhD in Art History and Visual Studies - Postgraduate Student of the Year, Highest Distinction PHD     
  • REED COLLEGE, PORTLAND, OR, Jun 2001, Bachelor of Arts in Art History                                                                                

Courses/Teaching

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    Specialization

    Contemporary Global Art, Performance art and Performativity in the Arts, Exhibitionary Complexes – Biennials and Triennials, Museum Studies, Chinese Diasporic Identity and the Arts

    EXHIBITIONS - CURATED AND ORGANIZED

    2012 Inner Space , Global Matter – Recording from the Structures Within, Geraldine Ondrizek Works from 2008 through 2012, joint exhibitions at NASA Johnson Space Center, University of Houston - Clear Lake, and Florida International University; including associating events such as Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s 2013 choreographed dance to the sound installation, Sounds of Cells Dividing

    2011 Setting the Table: Preparing Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party - 30 Year Anniversary Exhibition at the University of Houston - Clear Lake Gallery; including a video installation of Margarita Cabrera’s 2010 performance/installation Space in Between

    Research and Teaching Interests

    RECENT PUBLICATIONS

    BOOKS

    Staging Art and Chineseness: Politics of Trans/Nationalism and Global Expositions, Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2020

    Global and World Art in the Practice of the University Museum, editor with co-editor Sandra Esslinger of chapters by Donald Preziosi, Claire Farago, Selma Holo, Lothar von Falkenhausen,   Catherine Cole, Gemma Rodrigues, and Marla Berns, Routledge Museum Studies Series, London and NY: Routledge, 2017

    PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

    Guest Editor with co-editor Nicola Foster, “Restaging Exhibitions,” special issue, with essay contribution "Restaging Feminism: the Activist Retrospective," Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol. 8, No.2, 2019

    “Performance Art, Performativity, and Environmentalism in the Capitalocene," The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, ed. Paula Rabinowitz, Feb 2019

    “Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake,” Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (ADVA), April 2019

      “The Body of the Archive: Chineseness at the Venice Biennale (1993–2005),” Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, special issue 'Chineseness' in Contemporary Art Discourse and Practice, ed., Franziska Koch, Vol.3, No. 1-2, 2016

    “(Non) Speech Acts: the Performative Power of Silence,” WAGADU: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies, special issue Difference that Makes no Difference, ed., Nikita Dhawan, foreword by Sara Ahmed, Vol. 16, 2016

    “Affirmative Precarity: Ai Weiwei and Margarita Cabrera,” Journal of Visual Culture, Vol. 12, April, 2013

    “Displacements of the Desiring Machine,” Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, special issue, “Cinemas of Displacement and Destitution,” Vol. 14, No. 3, 2012

    “The Global Artfair and the Dialectical Image,” Third Text, Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, V.107, November 2010

    CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS

    “Objective Storytellers – Not Allowed Not to Have a Body,” eds., Alpesh Kantilal Patel and Yasmeen Siddiqui, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Storytellers of Art Histories, NY: Intellect, 2021.

    “Body, Performance, and Transnational Border Crossings,” eds. Catherine Dormor and Basia Sliwinska, Transnational Belonging and Subjectivity-In-Process: Contemporary Women Artists’ Encounters with Space, London: Bloomsbury, 2020.

     “Performative Testimony and the Practice of Dismissal,“ co-written with Deepa Reddy, Written/Unwritten: Tenure and Race in the Humanities, ed. Patricia Matthew, Durham: University of North Carolina Press, 2016

    “Performance, Postmodernism, and Beyond,” eds. Gabrielle Cody and Meiling Cheng, Reading Contemporary Performance, NY: Routledge, 2015

    “The Art Object as Text in the Practice of Comparative Visuality,” World Cinema and the Visual Arts, ed., David Gallagher, London: Anthem Press, 2012

    “De-territorializing Bodies: Body Art and the Colonial World Expositions,” Dead History, Live Art? Spectacle, Subjectivity and Subversion in Visual Culture since the 1960s, ed., Jonathan Harris, Liverpool: University of Liverpool Press, 2007