Katherine Grube

Katherine Grube
Adjunct Professor of Art History,
Art History Program
Smith 117
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Katherine Grube received her PhD from New York University. She was a 2014 Fulbright Scholar at Peking University and the recipient of the 2013 Asia Art Archive-Robert HN Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant. Her research examines the contemporary art and visual culture of post-Mao China. Professor Grube holds a Master’s degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She has contributed to the exhibition catalogues for major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art, including Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat at the Art Institute of Chicago and Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World at the Guggenheim Museum. Professor Grube was also Assistant Producer for the documentary film, “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for Best Documentary at the 2013 Academy Awards.

She is teaching AH 6261 - Chinese Contemporary Art.

Current Research

Dr. Katherine Grube's current research examines video art practices in 1980s and 1990s China. 


Co-edited with Zoe Meng Jiang. “Chaotic Formats: Video, Moving Image, Cinematic Displays,” special issue of the Journal of Chinese Cinemas (forthcoming, 2019).

“The ‘’85 New Space’ Exhibition,” in Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video, ed. Olivier Krischer. Canberra: The Australian National University Press, (forthcoming, 2018).

“Doubled Meanings: Reading Wang Gongxin’s The Sky of Brooklyn - Digging a Hole in China,” Special Issue: Art and China after 1989: New Perspectives, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Issue 83, November 2017.

From Pencil Sketches to Graffiti Tags: An Interview with Zhang Dali.Trans Asia Photography Review, Volume 7, Issue 1, Fall 2016.


BA Stanford University

MA, Department of Art and Art History, University of Sydney

PhD, East Asian Studies Department, New York University 

Professional Organizations

Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

Society for Cinema and Media Studies