Curator (Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art)
Area: World Cultures, Ancient Cultures, World Art & Culture
Exhibitions & Galleries: Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China, Bishop White Gallery of Chinese Temple Art
Dr. Cheng joined the ROM in October 2011, as the Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art. She is cross-appointed with the Department of Fine Arts and East Asia Studies at the University of Toronto. Her Ph.D. is in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, where her specialty was Chinese painting. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the J. Paul Getty Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. Curatorial work, research, and teaching have been the three major parts of her academic training and experience.
Before joining the ROM, Dr. Cheng taught courses in Asian art history at the University of Michigan and Pennsylvania State University at University Park. Her museum experience spans nearly a decade, primarily through working in a research capacity for the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). She served as guest curator and catalogue author for a special exhibition, Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Chinese Master Painter of the 20th Century, showing in 2010 at the UMMA. She was also the co-curator and catalogue co-author for the exhibition Looking Both Ways: A Contemporary Art Exhibition Coinciding with the Centennial of the Xinhai Revolution (2011), organized by the Eastern Michigan University Art Galleries in collaboration with the Confucius Institute and the North Campus Research Complex at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Cheng is responsible for developing a dynamic program of collection-based scholarship through acquisitions and permanent and temporary exhibitions. Her major area of research is premodern Chinese painting, and her research approach is a contextualized study of visual culture. Most recently, she co-curated the exhibition, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, on view from March to Sept, 2014 at ROM and traveling to the Vancourver Art Gallery in Oct, 2014.
|2014||Wen-chien Cheng and Chen Shen. The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors, ROM|
|2014||Wen-chien Cheng . "Idealized Portraits of Women for the Qing Imperial Court." Orientations, 45, 4, 87-99. (PDF)|
|2012||Wen-chien Cheng. "吳彬十六羅漢圖—晚明佛教的意象 [Sixteen Lohan Paintings by Wu Bin—Visualizing the Late Ming Buddhism." 故宮文物月刊 The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art, 357 (PDF)|
|2011||Wen-chien Cheng. "Antiquity and Rusticity: Images of the Ordinary in the Farmers’ Wedding Painting." Journal of Song-Yuan Studies , 41, 2011 (PDF)|
|2011||Wen-chien Cheng and co-authored with Suchan, Tom and Yang, Guye-Meei. . Looking Both Ways: A Contemporary Art Exhibition Coinciding with the Centennial of the Xinhai Revolution, Eastern Michigan University Art Galleries, Ypsilanti|
|2010||Wen-chien Cheng. "李迪〈雪中归牧图〉主題之再商榷 [Further discussion of Li Di’s Returning in the Snow from Ox-herding]." 《千年丹青——細讀中、日藏唐宋元绘画珍品》Masterpieces of Ancient Chinese Paintings from the Tang to Yuan Dynasty in Japanese and Chinese Collections, 上海博物館編, 北京大學出版, Peking University Press, 245-256.|
|2010||Wen-chien Chen. Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century, University of Michigan Museum of Art|
|2010||Dr. Wen-chien Cheng. "古法新裁傳墨韻—張榖年繪畫 [Old tradition made new in lyrical expression of ink—Chang Ku-nien’s paintings] ." 大觀月刊 Daguan Monthly, 4, January, 2010|
|2008||Wen-chien Cheng. "The Drunken Dreamland: Study on Tipsiness in Spring Painting.." 故宮文物月刊 The National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art, 308, Nov. 2008 (PDF)|
|2006||Wen-chien Cheng. "Drunken Village Elder or Scholar-Recluse? The Ox-Rider And Its Meanings In Song (960-1279) Paintings of Returning Home Drunk." Artibus Asiae, 65.2, 2005|