Yi Gu

Yi (Evie) Gu
Associate Professor
Art History and Visual Culture


Yi Gu joined University of Toronto in 2009, after receiving her Ph.D. from the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University. She is currently working on a book manuscript on outdoor sketching and the reconfiguration of art in modern China, as well as developing a book project concerning cultural exchanges and inter-communist imagination.


BA, M.A., PhD (Brown)

Research Interests: 

Chinese modern and contemporary art, Asian photography, Cold War visual culture, mass art and amateurism, comparative media

Awards and Grants: 

  • McLuhan Centre of Culture and Technology Working Group Grant, 2020 (as co-convener with Julie Yujie Chen) 
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2020 (as co-applicant with Analays Alvarez Hernandez and Maria Silina) 
  • Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Publication Subsidy Grant, 2018 Connaught New Researcher Fellowship, 2015-2016


  • Chinese Ways of Seeing and Open-Air Painting. Harvard University Asia Center, 2020. 
  • “Which East, Whose South: Reflections on Art of the Socialist Bloc.” On Our Time, no. 2 Constellations of Intimacies, 2021, https://www.timesmuseum.org/en/journal/floating-constellation/which-east....
  • “We Love Peace: Photographic Effect and Chinese People’s Volunteer Force Soldiers in the Korean War.” The Chinese Historical Review, vol. 25, no. 2, 2018, pp. 196–207. 
  • “The ‘Peasant Problem’ and Time in Contemporary Chinese Art.” Representations, vol. 136, no. 1, Nov. 2016, pp. 54–76. 
  • “What’s in a Name? Photography and the Reinvention of Visual Truth in China, 1840-1911.” The Art Bulletin, vol. 95, no. 1, 2013, pp. 120–38.