Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Michelle Lim

Assistant Professor, School of Art, Design and Media

Asst Prof Michelle Lim

Michelle Lim is a writer and curator based in New York and Singapore. She holds a PhD in art history from Princeton University and was a Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Michelle has been involved with the art world since the early 2000s. She has worked on research and curatorial projects for institutions such as the Asia Society Museum in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. Exhibitions she has curated include Clang. A Self Portrait (2004) at the Jendela Gallery in the Esplanade: Theatres on the Bay Singapore, Visions & Illusions: Reconstruction of a City (2004) at the St James Power Station in Singapore, Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art (2011) at the Kitchen Gallery in New York and still life (2017) at the Substation, Singapore.

In Michelle's PhD dissertation, "Navigating Floating Worlds: Curatorial Strategies in Contemporary Chinese Art, 1979 - 2008", she examined how curatorial strategies have influenced the production, exhibition and consumption of contemporary Chinese art in the post-Mao era. Her thesis is among the first scholarly works to historicize the production, display and consumption of art from the late 1970s to late 2000s, a period marked by the re-opening of China’s doors, the 1989 Tiananmen Incident and the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Michelle is currently working on a new research project, "Art in the Seto Inland Sea," about the contemporary art and architecture in Japan's Setouchi region. This project is supported by research grants from NTU, the Japan Foundation and the Sumitomo Foundation. She is also developing a co-edited publication project on American art from Asia.

Michelle has taught at Cooper Union and the CUNY Graduate Center, and guest lectured at Wellesley College, University of Oregon, Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, LaSalle College of the Arts and Tokyo University of the Arts. Her writings have been published in Asian Art News, World Sculpture News, Ish magazine and various exhibition catalogues.
Research Interests
Contemporary Art
History of Exhibitions
Contemporary Curating
Sustainability and Communities in Urban Ecologies
Art History (East Asia)
Current Projects
  • East Asian Contemporary Art And Architecture: Audiences and Contexts
  • The Flying Circus Project in Yangon

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