As part of AAA’s teacher professional development programme, the 2018 Teaching Labs series discusses women in art history.

Following this talk on women in the arts in China, a workshop will be held to introduce teachers to related materials in AAA’s Collection.


Talk | 2–3:30pm

Speaker: Jane DeBevoise, Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive and independent art historian 

Language: English

The position and representation of women in the arts and popular culture changed dramatically in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, reflecting shifts in the political landscape and evolving debate about the role of women in society. This change began in the late Qing dynasty and the early Republican period, as the “modernisation” of women became part of a reformist and nationalist discourse, and continued through the Mao era when the idea of the “iron girl” was promoted as part of a programme of self-strengthening and economic development. In the post-Mao period, collective identity gave way to the individual, and since the mid-1990s explorations of subjectivity have extended to discussions about feminism. Most recently, women artists have embraced a wide range of social issues, creating cutting-edge work across genres and media, from oil painting to performance, photography, installation, and video.

Focusing on art by women, this session of the Women in Art History Teaching Labs series considers the position and representation of women in the visual arts in Mainland China, from the late Qing dynasty to the present day, within the context of sociopolitical change and an evolving cultural debate.

Artists highlighted in this talk include Zhou Sicong, Wang Gongyi, Chen Haiyan, Yu Hong, Lin Tianmiao, Xing Danwen, Yin Xiuzhen, and Cao Fei.


Workshop | 3:30–5pm

Language: English and Cantonese


Susanna Chung, AAA Programmes Manager and Head of Learning & Participation

Elaine Lin, AAA Collection Manager

The workshop is a learning community for teachers that builds on knowledge in contemporary art and develops new teaching tools for different educational settings. In the workshop, teachers consolidate their insights from the talk and examine methods for sharing this knowledge in the classroom. Items from AAA's Collection, including publications, artwork documentation, and other primary sources, will be used during discussion.


A certificate will be given to participants with full attendance upon request. 

Enquiries: Please contact us at or +852 2844 1126.


Jane DeBevoise is Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong and New York. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2002, DeBevoise was Deputy Director of the Guggenheim Museum, responsible for museum operations and exhibitions globally. She joined as Project Director of China: 5000 Years, a landmark exhibition of traditional and modern Chinese art, presented in 1998 at the Guggenheim museums in New York and Bilbao. Her book Between State and Market: Chinese Contemporary Art in the Post-Mao Era was published in 2014 by Brill.


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