Cohen, Joan Lebold 2009-10-15
Joan Lebold Cohen is a photographer and art historian who specializes in Chinese art and film.
A regular visitor to Asia since 1961, Cohen has lived for some time in Japan, Hong Kong and China, where she was witness to the post-Cultural Revolution period of 1979 to 1981. Her book The New Chinese Painting, 1949–1986 was one of the first English-language publications to introduce recent generations of Chinese artists to the West.
Cohen has served as a curator for several exhibitions of new Chinese art in the United States as well as for the photographic exhibition ‘New York, the City and Its People’, in Beijing. Following a 22-year career as a lecturer at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Ms Cohen is now a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for East Asian Studies, as well as an Associate of Columbia University’s Modern China Seminar.