Margo Machida

Dr. Margo Machida is Associate Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from SUNY Buffalo. A scholar, independent curator, and cultural critic specializing in Asian American art and visual culture, her most recent book is Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary, published by Duke University Press in 2009. She is co-editor of the volume Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art (University of California Press, 2003). This volume received the 2005 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Among her recent publications are:

  • “Art and Social Consciousness:Asian American and Pacific Islander Artists in San Francisco 1965-1980” in Gordon Chang, Mark Johnson, and Paul Karlstrom, eds. Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970 (Stanford University Press, 2008).
  • “Icons of Presence: Three Chinese American Artists,” curatorial essay in Icons of Presence: Asian American Activist Art, exh. cat. (Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco,California, 2008)
  • “Into the Jungle: The Art of Ming Fay” in Jungle Tango, exh. cat. (Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2008);
  • “Object Lessons: Materiality and Dialogism in the Art of Flo Oy Wong” in Seventy/Thirty—Seventy Years of Living, Thirty Years of Art, exh. cat. (Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, San Francisco, 2008);
  • “Diasporas in Motion: The Visual Arts and Communities of Affinity,” in Alexandra Chang, Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie, to the Barnstormers (Timezone 8 Art Books, Beijing, China, 2008)
  • “Reframing Asian America” in the exhibition catalogue, One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now (New York: Asia Society, 2006).

Dr. Machida received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the national Women’s Caucus for Art. She is co-founder of the Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) and a member of the Executive Committee for the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research (INDAAR). She is presently working on her next book, Resighting Hawai‘i: Global Flows and Island Imaginaries in Asian American and Native Hawaiian Art to be published by University of Hawaii Press.

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