Alumni
Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell

Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell, Research Associate and Curatorial Assistant, Asian Art at the Guggenheim, contributed to the research and implementation of the exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World (2017) and its tour to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She holds an master’s degree (SMArchS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the department of History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture, where she completed her thesis, titled, CAPITALIST REALISM: Making Art for Sale in Shanghai, 1999. She also received a BFA in art history, theory and criticism from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the Guggenheim Museum in 2014, she assisted Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev on the 14th Istanbul Biennial SALTWATER: a Theory of Thought Forms and held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

2017 SMArchS thesis: Capitalist Realism: Making Art for Sale in Shanghai, 1999