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Patricia Kim

Assistant Professor

B.A., History of Art and Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
M.A., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2017
Ph.D., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2019

Patricia Eunji Kim’s research, curatorial practice, and teaching explore questions of gender, race, power, and memory in antiquity and the present. Her current monograph project is the first book-length study on the visual and material culture of Hellenistic queenship from the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia and spanning the fourth to second centuries B.C.E.—a corpus of materials central to a show that she is guest-curating at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Dr. Kim also brings her perspectives as an art historian to bear on today’s most pressing social, cultural, and political issues. Among other topics, she has written about environmental temporalities, transnational memory cultures, and cultural heritage. Recent publications include Timescales: Thinking Across Ecological Temporalities (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and The National Monument Audit (Monument Lab, 2021).   Committed to public access and engagement, Dr. Kim has experimented with research and curatorial methods that create open knowledge communities. To that end, she has collaborated with artists, scientists, and experts in civic tech and data to develop public-facing art installations and storytelling initiatives. Her curatorial and public engagement experience includes Sex: A History in 30 Objects (2015-16); The Golden Age of King Midas (2016); Data Refuge and Data Refuge Storytelling (2016-20); Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq (2017-18); Date/um: Ecological Temporalities Across the Schuylkill River (2016-17); Monument Lab Field Trip (2020-); and Shaping the Past (2021-22).

Performances, Productions, Exhibitions & Releases


Fluid Matters, Grounded Bodies: Decolonizing Ecological Encounters, Exhibition

Patricia Kim’s Exhibition: Fluid Matters, Grounded Bodies: Decolonizing Ecological Encounters, Exhibition co-curated with Anastasia Amrhein, Claudia Azalde, Cheyenne Bryant, Jasmine Buckley, Kaleah Mchawi, and Ally Swanson. engages with complex questions around impermanence, belonging, transformation, and erasure as they relate to human (and non-human) lives and the earth itself. This exhibition ran inThe Gallatin Galleries, New York City from July-August 2022.

Edited Volumes


National Monument Audit

In partnership with Monument Lab, Patricia Eunji Kim co-wrote and co-edited a national monument audit of 50,000 conventional monuments from every US state and territory. The audit was produced in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to inform its $250 million monuments project and was featured in NYU News and Futurity.


Timescales: Thinking Across Ecological Temporalities

Timescales: Thinking across Ecological Temporalities. co-edited by Patricia Eunji Kim, Bethany Wiggin, and Carolyn Fornoff, was published by University of Minnesota Press.  

Teaching and Research Interests

Greek and Hellenistic art and archaeology; Hellenistic cross-cultural studies (e.g. Egypt  western and central Asia); theories of gender  race  and (post)colonialism; classical reception; cultural heritage; public art and history 

Recent News


Patricia Kim was awarded the George Gurney Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2022 .

Patricia Kim was awarded the 2021 Faculty Innovation and Anti - Racism Microgrant by the NYU's Office of the Provost and the Office of Global Inlcusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation.


Fluid Matters, Grounded Bodies: Decolonizing Ecological Encounters, The Gallatin Galleries, July 22–August 17, 2022. 

QUEEN: Reimagining Power From Antiquity and the Present, The Gallatin Galleries September 23-24, 2021 


Race, Gender, and Queenship in Book Two of Vitruvius’ De Architectura.” in Arethusa vol. 55, no. 1 (2022): 19-54.

Carceral Heritage and the Gendered Politics of Display in Caria (4th century BCE) and Korea (Present).” Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association Vol. 31 (July 2020): 136-45.

Memorials to COVID-19 Must Hold Space for Grief and Accountability” with Paul M. Farber. Monument Lab Bulletin. March 1.

“Monuments Under Occupation,” a conversation with Mashinka Firunts Hakopian, appeared in the April 23, 2021 issue of ART PAPERS. 

Monument (an acrostic).” Art Papers 44.02. “Monumental Interventions,” Fall/Winter 2020.

(Un)making Monuments: Moving Towards Justice.” Caldera Magazine. August 15, 2020.

“Masked Monuments: Parting Gifts to Public Space” with Paul M. Farber. Monument Lab Bulletin. March 27, 2020.

Patricia Kim