Winnie Wong

Assistant Professor

Rhetoric
History of Art

PhD (History, Theory, and Criticism), MIT

SMArchS, MIT


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Labor and Creativity
Modern and Contemporary Art
Intellectual Property
China Studies
Consumer Cultures

My research is concerned with the history and present of artistic authorship, with a focus on interactions between China and the West. My theoretical interests revolve around the critical distinctions of high and low, true and fake, art and commodity, originality and imitation, and, conceptual and manual labor, and thus my work focuses on objects and practices at the boundary of these categories. My first book, Van Gogh On Demand: China and the Readymade (UChicago Press 2014, Joseph Levenson Book Prize 2015), is a study of Dafen village, China, the world's largest production center for oil-on-canvas painting. The book examines conceptual … read more

Edited Volumes

Reconsidering the 2006 MIT Visualizing Cultures Controversy: National Histories, Visual Cultures, and Digital Dissent, co-edited with Jing Wang, positions: asia critique, February 2015.

Learning from Shenzhen: China's Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Urban Model, co-edited with Mary Ann O'Donnell and Jonathan Bach (UChicago Press: December 2016).

Articles

“Speculative Authorship and the City of Fakes,” Current Anthropology, forthcoming.

“Not Exactly the Same: On Chinese Architectural Copying,” ed. A. Lawrence and A. Miljacki, in Terms of Appropriation (London: Routledge), forthcoming.

“Time is Money, Efficiency is Life,” Representations, forthcoming.

"Lantern Slide Moments and the Taught Subject, 1906 and 2006," positions: asia critique, February 2015. 

"The Panda Man and the Anti-Counterfeiting Hero: Art, Activism, and Appropriation in Contemporary China," Journal of Visual Culture, April 2012.

"Ambience as Commodity: Experience Design and the Legal Expansion of 'Trade Dress,'" Future Anterior, May 2012.  

"The Unskilled Migrant," Third Text Asia, Spring 2010.  

"Framed Authors: Photography and Conceptual Art From Dafen Village," Yishu: Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art, July 2008.

Occasional Pieces

“On Smallness in Hong Kong Art,” M+Museum of Visual Culture, inaugural issue, forthcoming.

“Arresting Development: Winnie Wong on China’s Museum Boom,” Artforum, Nov 2015.

"On Architectural Copies," Artforum, March 2014.

Review: Weiwei-isms by Ai Weiwei, The China Journal, 71, January 2014.

"New Work: Liu Ding," Art World, June/July 2009.

"Die Geschichte von Big Beard" and "Die Geschichte von Peng Bide," Kinaland, ed. Gesine Danckwart, trans. Anja Goette, Blumenbar Verlag 2009.

"Xiao Xiong: Enter and Exit," Thresholds 34, Fall 2007.

"The Catalog by Dung Kai-Cheung," exh. cat. Branded and On Display, Krannert Art Museum, 2006.

"The Problem Solvers/Cine va Rezolva Problemele?," OMaGiu, ed. and trans. Mihnea Mircan, Fall 2006.

Recent/Upcoming

“Other Birds, Other Flowers: Chinese Natural History Painting for Cuninghame, Blake and Reeves,” Oak Spring Herbarium, Virginia, May 1-2, 2017.

“Art+Village+City,” Ethnography/Pedagogy, Anthropology, UC Irvine, April 22, 2016.

“Lover of the Strange, Sympathizer of the Rude,” for What History Could Have Been2, Princeton University and the New School, Feb. 25-26, 2016.

“Pleased With Their Own Resemblance: Patrons of Canton Trade Paintings,” History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz, October 21, 2015.

2014-2015
"Genealogies of Chinese Export Art and the Origins of the Copy"
   Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, February 17, 2015.

   Dept. of Art and Art History, Lewis and Clark College, February 20, 2015.

"Speculative Authorship and the City of Fakes"
     New Publics, New Media, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Sintra, Portugal, March 14, 2015.

    Center for Contemporary Theory, University of Chicago, March 31, 2015.

"Painting the Division of Labor (and the Division of Labor in Painting)," American Asian Studies Association, Chicago, March 27, 2015.

"The Global Supply Chain of Readymade Dreams"

    Center for Contemporary Theory, April 1, 2015.

"Van Gogh on Demand," Townsend Center for the Humanities, April 22, 2015.
 

2013-2014

"Biocommunism: Preliminary Rumors on Genomics Research in Shenzhen, China," Trust, Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities, Princeton University, November 14, 2014.

"Van Gogh on Demand," Art History Undergraduate Association, May 8, 2014

"Van Gogh On Demand: Valorizing the Copy in the Age of China," keynote, Reproducing the Original,  Art History Department, University of Oregon, Eugene, April 17, 2014.

Response, Joseph Borocz, "Intimate Internationalism: The Performing Arts Ensemble of the Hungarian People's Army Visits China in the Autumn of 1956," Socialist Internationalism: Cold War Legacies, UC Berkeley, April 11, 2014.

"In a Van Gogh Workshop: The Craft of Signature Authorship," The Art of Appropriation, University of California, Davis, April 2, 2014.

"12 Frames per Hour, 15 Square Inches per Day: The Lives of Artists in Cameron Gray, Inc.," Mills College of Art, April 1, 2014.

"Artists, Censors, Wives," in conversation with Jane Debevoise, UC Berkeley, March 19, 2014.

"Van Gogh on Demand," Townsend Discovery Fellows, March 5, 2014.

"Other Birds, Other Flowers: On Early Natural History Painting in Canton," World History Association meeting, UC Berkeley, March 2, 2014.



"12 Frames per Hour, 15 Square Inches per Day: The Lives of Artists in Cameron Gray, Inc.," Living Time, UC Berkeley, February 21, 2014.

"Science and the City At the Edges of Fraud," Good Copy/Bad Copy, University of Konstanz, Germany, Dec 19, 2013.

"Fake Feelings: Curiousity and Connoisseurship" Object Emotions, Dept. of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, October 4, 2013.

"Chinese Contemporary Art and the Limits of Irony," Asia Art Week, UC Berkeley, Sept 29, 2013.

"Hometown Boy," in conversation with Liu Xiadong, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley, Sept 13, 2013.

Best Special Issue Award, CELJ (2016)
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Workshop Grant (2015)
ACLS Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2015)
Joseph Levenson Book Prize (post-1900), Association of Asian Studies (2015)
Exploratory Seminar and Workshop Grant, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study (2015)
Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (2015)
UC Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (2014)
William F. Milton Fund Research Grant, Harvard University (2012)
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows (2010-2013)
ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2010)
International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (2009)
Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources, Council for Library and Information Resources (2008)
Pre-Dissertation Fellowship for International Collaboration, Social Science Research Council (2006)
Presidential Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005)
Thesis Award, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2002)
Senior Fellowship, Dartmouth College (2000)