Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History Leadership
Charles Kang is the inaugural Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History Leadership, working primarily within the Cleveland Museum of Art / Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Art History Joint Program. Charles will plan and coordinate both the biannual Keithley Symposium and several short-term Mellon Visiting Fellowships for artists, scholars, and thought leaders. A specialist of 18th-century European art with a focus on the decorative arts, Charles will also play a key role in the reinstallation of the CMA’s galleries for 18th-century French and German fine and decorative arts. In addition, he will receive executive leadership coaching from staff in CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management.
Before his appointment at the CMA, Kang worked at the Bibliotheca Hertziana–Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome, Italy, as a scientific assistant in charge of academic events and programming. Prior to the Hertziana, he held fellowships at various museums and institutions, including the Frick Collection, Columbia University, the Clark Art Institute, and the Williams College Museum of Art.
Kang received a PhD and an MPhil in art history from Columbia University, an MA from the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, and a BA in art history from the University of Chicago. His research and writing often explore the intersections between art making, material culture, and science during the Enlightenment. His upcoming publications include an article on late 18th-century anatomical model maker André-Pierre Pinson in the interdisciplinary journal KNOW: A Journal on the Formation of Knowledge (Spring 2022).