Monday, February 2, 2009

Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society

Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society in New York and Vice President of the Society's Global Arts Program, discusses "Chinese Contemporary Art: Seven Things You Should Know."

Melissa Chiu, vice president of Global Art Programs and museum director of Asia Society, is a leading authority on Asian contemporary art and uniquely positioned to talk about the dramatic beginnings of the vanguard movement in China in 1979 to the burgeoning scene of today. Melissa Chiu's new book, “Contemporary Chinese Art: 7 Things You Should Know,” offers an accessible guide to understanding Chinese contemporary art: what you need to know about the artists, the art market, and what can legitimately be called a new art movement, perhaps the first great art movement of the 21st century.

Melissa Chiu received her B.A. from the University of Western Sydney and her M.A. from the College of Fine Arts, University of South Wales. She has completed her Ph.D. from the University of Western Sydney, for her work on contemporary Chinese artists. An author of artist monographs and conference papers, she has published widely in journals, magazines and for exhibition catalogues. She was recently awarded a Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship for her work on an upcoming exhibition on the art of the Cultural Revolution and its contemporary legacy. Ms. Chiu was asked by Oxford University Press to edit The Grove Dictionary of Art edition on Asian contemporary art and has been a faculty member of the Rhode Island School of Design where she taught Asian contemporary art and design. She has served on a number of boards and grant panels, including the New York State Council on the Arts, Museums Grant Committee and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.