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Academic Qualifications 學歷

  • Ph.D. in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.Phil. in History of Chinese Art and B.A. in Fine Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Exchange study at the University of Pennsylvania


Biographical Sketch 簡介

Kathy Mak received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2018. After that, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center during 2018-19. Her research focuses on the relationship between Chinese art and space by examining what she calls the territorial turn of depicting real and specific locations across different visual media in the mid-twentieth century. Additionally, she is interested in the historiography and methodology of art history, the field of art production, as well as the intersection of art and imagination-memory under the forces of migration and nation-building after the Second World War. Her current book project, The New Look of Mountains and Rivers: Landscape and the Environmental Imagination of Chinese Socialist Spaces (1949-1976), investigates the use of the representation of landscape to reconstruct the public conception of the relationship between humans and the living environments in Mao’s China. In the meantime, she is developing a second project on the connection between art and migration through the angle of remembering and forgetting in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Americas, from the postwar period through the contemporary.


Specialization and Research Interests 研究興趣或關注領域

  • Chinese art history
  • Modern and contemporary Asian art
  • Art, space, and the environment
  • Art, imagination, and memory


Fellowships and Grants (selected) 研究獎金 (部份)

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University (2018-19)
  • The Mellon Foundation Pre-dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Humanities Division (2016)
  • Edward A. Dickson History of Art Fellowship, UCLA (multiple years)
  • The Museum Network Fellowship at National Museum of Korea (summer 2015)
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Student Research Award (2013)
  • Freeman Asian Students Summer Internship Stipends Education Allowance, The Institute of International Education (2006)


Publications 出版著作

  • “High Mountains and Long Rivers: Effect and Affect in Yi Sang-beom’s Field at Dawn (1966-1967).” NMK 2015 Museum Network Fellowship Research Papers, edited by National Museum of Korea, 236-250. Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2015.
  • “Capturing the Place: Location Shooting, Medium and Politics in Shaw Brothers’ Moonlight Serenade (1967).” UCLA Film & Television Archive official website
    < https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/education/arsc-student-research-award-2013 >
  • “Lin Xue: The Writing of Painting and the Spiritual Condition.” In Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past. 208-212. San Francisco: Asian Art Museum, 2012.
  • “Chen Guan (1563-c.1639): Walking with a Staff over a Stream Bridge,” “Sun Zhi (act. late sixteenth-early seventeenth century: Landscape,” and “Zhang Feng (d. 1662): Immortals’ Secrets in a Stone Cave (1658).” In The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China, edited by Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai, 122-123, 124-125, and 196-199. Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 2012.