Visiting Lecturers and Professors

The full-time faculty is supported by adjunct and visiting lecturers. The visiting lecturers include Individuals from academia and industry such as art historians, curators, art critics, practicing artists, gallerists and auctioneers. As such, students are exposed to a broad range of perspectives and practices that reflect the philosophy of the Programme. Some of the past and current visiting professors and lecturers include:

Iola Lenzi
Iola is a critic, curator and lecturer of contemporary Southeast Asian art. Researching art and culture in Southeast Asia for nearly two decades, she takes a synthetic view of regional practice, her texts and institutional exhibitions comparing themes, expressive languages and approaches to media. Iola is particularly interested in the place of history and hybridity in Southeast Asian contemporary art, regional expressions analysed first from within Asian and Southeast Asian cultural and historical frameworks. She is the author of Museums of Southeast Asia (Thames & Hudson 1995). Iola is currently a PhD candidate at the Nanyang Technological University.

Seng Yu Jin
Yu Jin is a senior curator with the The National Gallery, Singapore. His research interests cover regional art histories focusing on Southeast Asia, particularly diasporic communities, migration, and inter-cultural dialogues. He is currently researching on artistic activities and its histories, focusing on the history of exhibitions as sites of discourses and artist collectives within the larger framework of how the different artworld systems operate in shape artistic production, reception, and dissemination. His curated exhibitions include From Words to Pictures: Art During the Emergency (2007) and Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds (2010). Yu Jin is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Patrick Flores
Patrick Flores is the Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and Adjunct Curator at the National Art Gallery of the Philippines and Singapore. Among his publications are Painting History: Revisions in Philippine Colonial Art (1999) and Past Peripheral: Curation in Southeast Asia (2008).

Dr June Yap
June holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the National University of Singapore. She has been an independent curator since 2008. Prior to 2008, Yap worked in the curatorial departments of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum. Most recently she organised an exhibition of the work of Ho Tzu Nyen for the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. June was selected as the first curator for the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative from 2012 to 2014. Her work culminated in the exhibition No Country: Contemporary Art for South and South Asia.

Dr Caroline Turner
Dr Caroline Turner is a Senior Research Fellow in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts and the School of Cultural Inquiry, Australian National University. Prior to joining the ANU in 2000 she was Deputy Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and organised and curated many international exhibitions from Europe, Asia and North America. She was co-founder and Project Director for nearly ten years in the 1990s for the Asia-Pacific Triennial exhibitions (1993, 1996, 1999) at the Queensland Art Gallery and scholarly editor of the three major catalogues for the first three Triennials. Her books include Tradition and Change: Contemporary Art of Asia and the Pacific (1993) and Art and Social Change: Contemporary Art in Asia and the Pacific (2005).

Daniel Komala
CEO of Larasati Auctioneers, specialist in Southeast Asian Contemporary Art.

T.K. Sabapathy
As an historian, curator, teacher, critic and advisor, Sabapathy has influenced artistic opinion and shaped knowledge of art over the past thirty-five years. His art historical methods, critical documentation, and detailed explication of the works of key artists have defined Singapore and Malaysian art. His extensive studies of contemporary and modern art in Southeast Asia have added visual intelligibility and intellectual depth to art discourses in and of the region. Sabapathy is currently an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.

Enin Supriyanto
An independent writer and curator based in Jogjakarta who has written widely on Indonesian contemporary art.

Professor James Elkins
Professor James Elkins is an internationally renowned art historian and art critic. He is E.C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author and editor of numerous books, some of which has received critical acclaim such as Stories of Art (2002) or has sparked much debate in the discourse of art history, such as Is Art History Global (2007). His writing focuses on the history and theory of images in art, science, and nature.

Jim Supangkat
Jim Supangkat is an art critic and curator based in Indonesia. He initiated the Indonesia New Art Movement in 1970s which was regarded as the beginning of contemporary art discourse in Indonesia. He has curated curating contemporary art exhibitions in Indonesia and overseas, including Contemporary Art of the Non-Aligned Countries (1995) and Contemporaneity: Contemporary Art in Indonesia at MOCA Shanghai (2010). Supangkat has written several books and numerous essays on Southeast Asian and Indonesian contemporary art. He is a recipient of the Prince Claus Awards in 1997 for his efforts in introducing Indonesian contemporary art to the global art world.