Margo Machida, University of Connecticut
Margo Machida, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Art History and Asian & 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 a scholarly advisor and contributing essayist for the 2021 retrospective exhibition, Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision (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 advisory board member for the journal, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill). Publications include: “XianRui: Asian America as a Transnational Nexus” (Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, 2020); “Affected by War: Contextualizing Munio Makuuchi” (Smith College Museum of Art, 2019); “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).