Lecture by Dr. Margo Machida


Asian American Art, Activism, and the Turn to Transnationalism
Lecture by Dr. Margo Machida
Friday, November 10, 5:30-7:30pm
Reception 5:30pm, lecture at 6pm
University of Memphis Department of Art
Art and Communication Building Room 310


Art Historian Dr. Margo Machida will deliver a lecture titled "Asian American Art, Activism, and the Turn to Transnationalism." Primarily drawing examples from her experience in New York and San Francisco, she will examine how Asian American frameworks for thinking about identity, identity politics, and arts activism shifted between the 1960s and 1990s – and how the convergence of domestic activism, accelerating migration, and transnational circulation shaped emergent artistic, critical and curatorial practices.

Lecture will be held in Art and Communication Bldg. Room 310. Reception at 5:30 pm; lecture begins at 6 pm.

Dr. Machida is Professor Emerita of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Born and raised in Hawai’i, she is a scholar, independent curator, and cultural critic specializing in Asian American art and visual culture. Her most recent book, "Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary" (Duke University Press, 2009) received the Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. She is co-editor of the volume "Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art" (University of California Press, 2003). She is an Associate Editor for the "Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas" journal (Brill).

Dr. Machida has received numerous grants and fellowships including support from the Smithsonian Institution, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities. She is co-organizer of the Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) and the East Coast Asian American Art Project (ECAAAP), and a founding member of the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR). In 2009, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Women’s Caucus for Art.

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