The Department of Art will present a lecture, "Asian American Art, Activism, and the Turn to Transnationalism," by renowned art historian, curator, cultural critic, and artist Dr. Margo Machida, professor emerita at the University of Connecticut on Nov.  10, 2017, in room 310 of the Art and Communication Building. 

Primarily drawing examples from her experience in New York and San Francisco, Machida 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.

As this talk demonstrates, activism encompassed a wide range of critical and expressive interventions that proceeded in different realms of civic engagement and collective action simultaneously—in political protest movements, in community arts groups, in artist collectives, in the academy, and in the art world. For more information, call 901.678.2216 or email art@memphis.edu.

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Dr. Margo 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). Dr. Machida is an associate editor for the Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill). Recent publications include: "Trans-Pacific Sitings: The Roving Imagery of Lynne Yamamoto" (Third Text, Spring 2014); "Devouring Hawai'i: Food, Consumption, and Contemporary Art" in Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013); and "Convergent Conversations – The Nexus of Asian American Art" in A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

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.