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Dr Michelle Antoinette is a researcher of modern and contemporary Asian art. She is currently an ARC DECRA Fellow and Lecturer (Art History & Curating) at Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA); she joined MADA in 2017.

Her current ARC DECRA research project explores new public participation in Asian art and museums in Asia. Her previous and ongoing research focuses on the contemporary art histories of Southeast Asia on which she has published widely.

She was previously affiliated with the Australian National Unviersity (ANU) and an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow there from 2010-2013 for the project, 'The Rise of New Cultural Networks in Asia in the Twenty-First Century' (DP1096041) which researched the emergence of new regional and international networks of contemporary Asian art and museums.

Her major publications on contemporary Asian art are Reworlding Art History: Encounters with Contemporary Southeast Asian Art after 1990 (Brill | Rodopi, 2015) and as co-editor with Caroline Turner, Contemporary Asian Art and Exhibitions: Connectivities and World-making (ANU Press, 2014). She was also Convenor and Lecturer at the ANU for courses on Asian and Pacific art and museums.

Research area keywords

  • Modern and Contemporary Asian art
  • Southeast Asian Art
  • Contemporary Art History & Art Theory
  • Visual Culture Studies
  • Asian-Australian Art & Asian Art Diasporas
  • Museums, Exhibitions & Curating
  • Global Art & World Art

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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 2005 2019

Collaging Asia: Asia Art Archive as Shaper of Knowledge

Antoinette, M., 2019, Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Monash University Museum of Art and Perimeter Editions. 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearch

Culture Boom: China's Artscape Now, and the Making of a New Art Public

Antoinette, M., 2019, The Centre - On Art and Urbanism in China. Aitken, A., Maidment, S., McEoin, E. & Patty, M. (eds.). Melbourne, Vic, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria, p. 148-163 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Research

Mella Jaarsma

Antoinette, M., 2019, Canberra, ACT, Australia: National Gallery of Australia. 2 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueOtherpeer-review

Making Art (A Public) Matter in Asia: The Social Intervention Aesthetics of Tintin Wulia in Hong Kong

Antoinette, M., 2018, In : Public Art Dialogue. 8, 2, p. 258-289 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

See Like a Heretic: On Vision and Belief

Antoinette, M., 2018, Singapore: Gajah Gallery. 26 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearch

Activities 2013 2018

Convenor: Guest Talk 'Misfits' by Associate Professor David Teh

Michelle Antoinette (Host)
7 Dec 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Panel Co-convenor: "Contemporary Asian Art Worlds" at Asian Studies Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Conference 2018

Michelle Antoinette (Contributor)
3 Jul 20185 Jul 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Convenor: 'Making Asian Art Public/s' Symposium

Michelle Antoinette (Contributor)
2 Jul 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementPeer review panel or committee

Panel Convenor: “Theorising and Historicising Contemporary Asian Art" at AAANZ Annual Conference 2018

Michelle Antoinette (Contributor)
4 Dec 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event