Associate Professor Claire Roberts

ARC Future Fellow
School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne

Dr Claire Roberts is an art historian specialising in modern and contemporary Chinese art and cultural flows between Australia and Asia. She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne and Associate Professor, Art History. She has published widely on Chinese art and visual and material culture, and curated numerous exhibitions including Yang Zhichao: Chinese Bible (Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2015), ‘Go Figure! Contemporary Chinese Portraiture’ (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2012), ‘The Great Wall of China', a collaborative project with the National Museum of China, Beijing (Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 2006) and New Art From China: Post Mao Product (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1992). Claire is fluent in Mandarin, studying at the Beijing Languages Institute (1978-79) and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (1979-81). She was Curator at the Museum of Chinese-Australian History, Melbourne (1986-88) and Senior Curator of Asian Arts at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (1988-2010). She was a Post-doctoral Fellow with Geremie R Barmé's ARC Federation Fellowship (2007-9); Research Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2009-10); Coordinate Program Fellow, Harvard-Yenching Institute (2011) and Senior Lecturer in Art History, University of Adelaide (2012-2014). Recent publications include Photography and China (2010) and Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong (2010). Her current ARC Future Fellowship project focuses on the international context of modern and contemporary Chinese art.

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