Shing-Kwan Chan



Shing-Kwan Chan is a Ph.D. student specializing in Chinese art history. His research focuses on Chinese art and material culture, specifically transregional cultural exchange and the intersection of art and science in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His broader research interests include museum studies and issues related to race, gender, and sexuality. He has published articles in the peer-reviewed Museum History Journal and Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and presented his research at the University of Oxford, the University of York, and Hong Kong Baptist University.

Shing-Kwan received his B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a Master of Studies in History of Art and Visual Culture from St. Cross College, the University of Oxford. Before his academic pursuits at Princeton, he worked as a Curatorial and Research Associate at the University Museum and Art Gallery at HKU, where he oversaw the development of the Study Gallery and curated both virtual and on-site exhibitions, including “Painting Across the Threshold: Ng Lung Wai” in 2021. He also gained professional experience as a Cataloguer/Junior Specialist at Phillips Auctioneers in Hong Kong.

Selected Publications

“Relics and rapprochement: The intricacies of cultural diplomacy in China’s first archaeological exhibition in the U.S. during the Cold War era,” Museum History Journal vol. 17, no. 1 (2024; Published online: 20 Dec 2023). DOI: 10.1080/19369816.2023.2283630

Up Against the Wall: Contemporary Chinese Performance Art and the Great Wall,” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art vol. 18, no. 5 (Sep. 2019).

Public Displays of Affliction: On Zhang Huan’s 12m2,” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art vol. 17, no. 1 (Jan. 2018).

East Asian Art