Chinghsin Wu

Associate Teaching Professor of Art History
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
(856) 225-6176
Fine Arts Building, Rm. 260



Chinghsin Wu received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in Asian and modern art with an emphasis on transnational and cross-cultural perspectives. She is the author of Parallel Modernism: Koga Harue and Avant-Garde Art in Modern Japan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019) and Truth through Immersion: A Biography of Painter Tsai Yun-yan [Ronghui Zhizhen Tsai Yun-yan] (Taipei: Yishujia Chubanshe, 2018).

Her other publications include “Colors of Empire: Watercolor in Meiji Japan,” in The Visual Culture of Meiji Japan (Routledge, 2022); “Institutionalizing Impressionism: Kuroda Seiki and Plein-Air Painting in Japan,” in Mapping Impressionisms (Routledge, 2021); “André Lhote and Japanese Modern Art,” in André Lhote and His International Students (Innsbruck University Press, 2019); “Reality Within and Without: Surrealism in Japan and China in the Early 1930s,” in Review of Japanese Culture and Society (December 2014); “Transcending the Boundaries of the ‘isms’: Pursuing Modernity through the Machine in Japanese Avant-Garde Art,” in Rethinking Japanese Modernism (Leiden: Brill, 2012); “Icons, Power, and Artistic Practice in Colonial Taiwan: Tsai Yun-yan’s Buddha Hall and Boys’ Day,” in Southeast Review of Asian Studies 33 (2011); and “Reflecting and Refracting Modernity: Images of the Modern Girl in 1920s and 1930s Japan,” in Japon Pluriel 8 (2011).

Wu has worked at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, producing a “digital museum” project which used digitization technologies to create an interactive virtual exhibition on Buddhist iconography and philosophy entitled Convergence of Radiance—Tibeto-Chinese Buddhist Scripture Illustrations (2003). She has also worked as a Curatorial Research Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she helped curate a traveling exhibition, Japanese Masterpieces (2011), which sent approximately one hundred Japanese artworks to Japan. In addition, she has written essays and entries for exhibition catalogues, including Surrealism Beyond Borders (Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tate Modern, 2021) and Modern Art at Official Exhibitions: Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Changchun (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, 2014). Before her current position at Rutgers, Camden, she was the Phillips Collection Postdoctoral Fellow for 2015-2016, and has previously taught at Tufts University, Brown University, Brandeis University, George Washington University, and elsewhere.