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Pauline J. Yao

Curator, M+ Museum for Visual Culture Hong Kong


Born in USA, Yao came to China in the early nineties to study Chinese, then returned to Chicago, USA to obtain a Masters degree in East Asian Studies and Art History. During her five-years working as assistant curator at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, she was involved in curating Modern and Contemporary Art exhibitions, published articles in many magazines, taught in the Masters program at California College of the Arts, and visited China many times for her independent research. She received the Fulbright Grant 2006 and returned to Beijing. In 2007, Yao won a Chinese Contemporary Art Award, followed by the publication of In Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China (2008). She has curated in Asian Art Museum, The Luggage Store Gallery, Universal Studios Beijing and the Gallery at REDCAT and was a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Art and Investment. In 2008, Yao co-founded Arrow Factory Beijing. She was appointed curator at M+ Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong in 2012 and now works and lives between Hong Kong and San Francisco.