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Postgraduate Students


Anqi Li, PhD student (2021-2025)

Supervisors: Dr. Monica Steinberg

PhD Project: Contemporary Art and Cultural Policy: Museums in the 21st Century

Short Abstract:

My research investigates how the institutionalization of contemporary art and the making of public policy inform and influence each other. This project engages with a series of comparative case studies including, for example, M+ Museum in Hong Kong and its United States-based precedents such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I draw parallels between American institutions’ role in canonizing Postwar American Art and formulating cultural policy with Chinese institutions’ push to (re)center contemporary Chinese art and construct and enforce a set of policies for the arts sector.

Keywords: Contemporary art, art institutions, museum studies, cultural policy, institutional critique, art and law, US-China

Short Bio:

Anqi is a researcher, curator, and educator of contemporary art. She was most recently the Curator of Education and Public Programs at Hong Kong’s independent art space Para Site. Throughout the 2010s, she has held positions in American art institutions, including the Harvard Art Museums, the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. Anqi holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute and a Master of Education degree in Arts in Education (AIE) from Harvard University.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards:

Presidential PhD Scholarship, University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
HGSE Grants, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Graduate Student Teaching Fellow, Harvard Art Museums
Scholarship, Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art
Curatorial Fellowship, Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco
Dean’s List and Merit Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute
Dean’s High Honors, Case Western Reserve University


“Stay Angry,” Museum 2050 Dispatches series (blog), Museum 2050, July 13, 2020,
“Museum of Capitalism,” The Art Newspaper China, August 12, 2017,
“Asian Art Museum: Emperor's Treasures,” The Art Newspaper China, June 20, 2016,
“Interview with Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu,” The Art Newspaper China, June 20, 2016,

Curatorial, Educational, and Academic projects
Co-curator, Curtain, with Cosmin Costinas, Larys Frogier, Celia Ho, Billy Tang, and Xu Tiantian. In collaboration with Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, and Para Site, Hong Kong (May 15–July 25, 2021) 
Organizer of Para Site 2020 Workshops for Emerging Arts Professionals, Hong Kong (June 28–July 24, 2020)
Organizer of Para Site 2019 Workshops for Emerging Arts Professionals, Hong Kong (October 8–16, 2019)
Organizer of Para Site International Conference, Asia Society, Hong Kong (October 10–12, 2019)
Exhibiting artist of Art Book Show, Bass & Reiner Gallery, San Francisco (July15–August 19, 2017)
Organizer of Chinatown Night Out, San Francisco (May 19–20, 2016)
Organizer of Summer Meiling Lee: Liminal Space, 41 Ross, San Francisco (May, 2016)
Organizer of Xu Tan: Social Botany, 41 Ross, San Francisco (September–November, 2016)
Organizer of Ben Kwan: Come and Go, 41 Ross, San Francisco (July 19–September 20, 2015)
Organizer of Chinatown Night Out, San Francisco (June 12, 2015)

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