Meiqin Wang

Professor, California State University Northridge

Meiqin Wang is a professor at California State University Northridge. She received PhD in Art History from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her research focuses on contemporary art from China in the context of commercialization and urbanization of the Chinese world. She has written on topics such as artist villages and cultural industries, art and urbanization, and socially engaged art. Her recent publication includes a research monograph Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art (Routledge, 2016), a co-edited volume Visual Arts, Representations and Interventions in Contemporary China (Amsterdam University Press, 2018), and another monograph Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China: Voices from Below (Routledge, 2019).



Song Dong’s 1996 Breathing—a work that zeroes in on the act of breathing in two charged public spaces in Beijing—speaks to art as intertwined with the practice of living, resistance as well as futility.