Dr. Leta Y. Ming

Leta Ming joined Chaffey College in fall 2015 as Assistant Professor in Art History. Prior to teaching at Chaffey, she taught at Santa Monica College, Elon University, and Occidental College. Leta completed her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California with a specialization in modern and contemporary art history and visual studies. Her research interests include San Francisco Bay Area conceptual and performance art of the 1970s, artist-run alternative art spaces, and the history of curating. Concurrent with her graduate work, she directed the research for the expansive survey exhibition Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in 2011-2012. She also co-curated humor us, an exhibition of Southern California Asian-American artists at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2007. A native of the East Coast, Leta was Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and worked at Christie’s auction house and in private art dealing, all in New York City. She holds an M.A. in art history from Hunter College and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from Yale University.