History of Art and Architecture

Madeline Eschenburg


Madeline Eschenburg is a PhD candidate studying contemporary Chinese art. She is currently writing her dissertation on performance art in Beijing in the 1990s with a special focus on projects involving migrant workers, the marginalized subjects of modernization. She has published work in Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and Art Slant. She has also co-organized a conference in Beijing in the summer of 2016, given lecture series at the Aurora Museum in Shanghai and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and helped curate two exhibitions of art from Gao Minglu’s Archive. 

Education Details

PhD Student, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2011- present

MA, SUNY Buffalo, 2005-2007 Advisor: Bingyi Huang

BA, Augsburg College, Art History and Studio Art double major

Selected Publications

Upcoming: “Approaches to Xianchang: Documenting the Real in Post-socialist China” in Critical Distance: New Explorations in Documentary Theory and Practice, ed. Bruno Lessard, Blake Fitzpatrick, and Gerda Cammaer (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

Book Review, Bentu: Chinese Artists in A Time of Turbulence and Transformation in Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 6.1 (2017): 93-96.

“Fixing Identities: The Use of Migrant Workers in Chinese Performance Art.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 16.3 (May/June 2017): 26-36.

“Gao Minglu in Conversation with Madeline Eschenburg.” Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art 16.4 (July/August 2017): 56-62.

“Artificial Hells: A Conversation with Claire Bishop,” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 3.1, 2014. 174-178.

“Woven Together: Movana Chen and the Politics of Identity in a Global Society.” Yishu, (May/June, 2010): 6-17.

“Xing Danwen: Revealing the Masquerade of Modernity,” Yishu 33, Vol. 8, no. 4, (July/August, 2009): 51-66.

Invited Public Lectures

“Contemporary Chinese Apartment Art,” Lecture to coincide with “Retreat: Reflections on Chinese Apartment Art” at Truman State University Art Gallery, November 2017                 

“Contemporary Chinese Art Series.” Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2016             

“Art for the People: Qiuzhuang Project and the History of rural-based Projects in contemporary Chinese art.” Aurora Museum, Shanghai, PRC, July 2015

Selected Awards

Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-2018

Chancellors Graduate Fellowship in Chinese studies, Spring 2016

Fulbright Student Fellowship, 2014-2015

University of Pittsburgh Arts & Sciences Fellowship, 2011-2014

FLAS Fellowship, Summer 2012

Graduate Assistantship and Scholarship, SUNY Buffalo, Spring 2007