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Najung Kim
Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian Art

Najung Kim specializes in acculturation occasioned by the influx of immigrants and art objects in East Asia and the art of yimin (remnant subjects) in pre-modern China. Dr. Kim’s current book project, Displaced Landscape: The Art of Ni Zan (1301-1374) and the Voices of Refugees examines how works of art helped shape imageries of home and belonging in times of insecurity, focusing on the Chinese painter Ni Zan, who was driven into exile during the closing years of the Mongol Yuan dynasty. This project considers the metaphorical concept of having arborescent roots to illuminate the vital roles of landscape art as a tight weave of community and as a therapeutic agent. Her second project delves into how a state deploys material objects to legitimize its political identity, through the lens of the Ashikaga shoguns’ systematic collecting of Chinese and Korean objects during Muromachi Japan (1336-1573).

Dr. Kim’s pedagogy is inspired by the approach adopted in her research: works of art serve as powerful social forces, or “charismatic objects,” that can be deployed or redirected by viewers and posterity. Her courses integrate hands-on experiences of works of art in various media and formats, such as ink painting, calligraphy, handscrolls, and album leaves, to encourage students to consider an artwork as an event, not merely as a frozen imagistic object.

Additional Publications

"Selected Bibliography,” In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty, Special Exhibition Catalogue, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2013.

"Returning to the Subcelestial Realm: Dwelling in the Floating Jade Mountains by Qian Xuan (ca. 1235-1307),” Journal of Song-Yuan Studies, forthcoming, 2022.

"Do Ho Suh (1962-): The Spaces in Between,” Cantor Arts Center Magazine, Stanford, Winter 2019.

Ph.D., Stanford University
Art History
M.A., Stanford University
Art History
B.A., Seoul National University
Art History, Asian History
Contact Information
Visual Arts Building
Areas of Expertise
Pre-modern East Asian art (China, Korea, and Japan)
Art of the marginalized
Landscape painting Intersections of texts and images
Border art