Center for Curatorial Studies Presents
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Speaker Series: Margo Machida: Art, Asian America, and the Transcultural Imaginary
CCS Bard, Classroom 102As a Hawai’i-born Americanist scholar, curator, and critic, Machida’s research draws on extended interviews with Asian American, Asian émigré, and artists of mixed heritages whose work engages with transcultural themes of circulation, contact, and cross-connections in today’s world. This talk highlights artworks spanning the 1990s to the early 2000s, which point to how the US Asian diaspora acts as a platform to shape artists’ sustaining identifications and imaginative attachments with the entangled histories that conjoin the Americas and the Pacific region to Asia, Europe, and Africa. Such work, by foregrounding subjectivities embedded in legacies of migration, trade, labor flows, colonialism, and war, is part of an expressive continuum that places Asian American artists in dynamic conversation with their counterparts in the global Asian diasporas.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Margo Machida, Ph.D. 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. She has lectured widely on her research both nationally and internationally, and served as a curatorial advisor for the inaugural 2017 Honolulu Biennial. Professor Machida is currently a scholarly advisor and contributing essayist for the upcoming 2021 retrospective exhibition, Carlos Villa: Roots, Rituals and Actions (co-presented by the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Art Institute, in collaboration with Newark Museum of Art). Her 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 an Associate Editor of the journal, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill). Publications include: “Pacific Itineraries: Islands and Oceanic Imaginaries in Contemporary Asian American Art” (ADVA Journal, 2017); “Trans-Pacific Sitings: The Roving Imagery of Lynne Yamamoto” (Third Text, 2014); “Devouring Hawai‘i: Food, Consumption, and Contemporary Art” in Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (NYU Press, 2013); and “Convergent Conversations – The Nexus of Asian American Art” in A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: CCS Bard, Classroom 102