Michael W. Zhang

African Art
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Michael W. Zhang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Archaeology, specializing in African art history. His doctoral dissertation examines the intersections of race, finance and politics, and art in the history of institutional art collecting practices in South Africa during the 20th century. He received his BA from McGill University in 2014, an MA from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2016, and an MA from Princeton University in 2019.

In addition to academics, Michael is deeply involved in higher education administration and civic service. He was a University Administrative Fellow in Spring 2020. He is currently a member of the University Student Life Committee and the Lake Campus Graduate Housing Development Committee, and previously served on the Faculty-Student Committee on Sexual Misconduct and a Presidential Advisory Committee at UBC.

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Selected Publications

“The Standard Bank African Art Collection: Notes from the First Twelve Years, 1977–1989,” in the upcoming exhibition catalogue for Wits Art Museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition. Forthcoming 2020.

“Boethian Philosophy in Sir Thomas More’s Familial Portrait,” Moreana 53.205-206 (2016).