Xiaoyu Weng was appointed as an Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to spearhed The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative in 2015. At the museum, she has co-curated the exhibition Tales of Our Time (2016-17) and One Hand Clapping, on view from May 4 – October 21, 2018.
Previously, she served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs, Paris and San Francisco. She launched the Kadist Curatorial Collaboration, which organizes exhibitions that stimulate cultural exchange, and she oversaw artist residencies and the building of the contemporary Asian art collection. From 2009 – 2010, she worked as a curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Her other recent projects include Soft Crash at Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy (2016); Robert Zhao Renhui: Flies Prefer Yellow at Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2014-15); Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible? at Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014); Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture, the second CAFAM Biennale at Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (2014); and Ming Wong: Making Chinatown at Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2013).
Educated at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the CCA in San Francisco, Weng also writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications. Her essay “Working with Archive” won the Artforum Critical Writing Award in 2011. Weng is the recipient of the 2017 Visionary Awards, where are presented by Art in General, New York, to highlight the work that champions the transformative power of art and that nurtures and supports diverse artistic talents. Weng was selected for her innovative leadership and singular contribution to the field. She was also the winner of the eighth edition of Premio Lorenzo Bonald per L’arte Enterprize for international curators in 2015.