Dada Wang was born and raised in Beijing, China, and received her B.A. from Macalester College with a major in Art History and a concentration in Critical Theory. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Art History at UC Davis, and her areas of interest include contemporary Chinese visual culture and postcolonial theory. In 2019, she received an Andrew Mellon fellowship to conduct research on Chinese experimental art in the 1990s, focusing on how Chinese artists in this period negotiated their culturally specific concerns in the globalizing art world, and how their works asserted dissent amid China’s precarious sociopolitical conditions. Her current research concerns water-themed artworks in contemporary China that respond to state-sponsored water-control initiatives, aiming to investigate how they offer political commentary and address ecological crises in the contemporary world.
Project: Dada will work with the curatorial team to conduct research in various upcoming exhibitions and projects, organizing and managing exhibition content, drafting and editing texts, and negotiating loans and image rights.