Directors

CO-DIRECTORS

Alexandra Chang is the Curator of Special Projects and Director of Global Arts Programs at A/P/A Institute at NYU, an arts scholar and independent curator. She is co-organizer of the Diasporic Asian Art Network and serves on the executive committee of the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research. Chang is working on the East Coast Asian American Art Project (ECAAAP), an inter-institutional art, archives and web project. She is the author of Envisioning Diaspora: Asian American Visual Art Collectives from Godzilla, Godzookie, to the Barnstormers (2008).

Margo Machida is Associate Professor of Art History and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. A scholar, independent curator, and cultural critic specializing in Asian American art and visual culture, she is widely cited as a pioneering figure in the field of Asian American art history.  She is also the organizer of the landmark 1994 exhibition, “Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art,” which debuted at the Asia Society Galleries in New York City, and toured for two years to art museums across the United States.  Dr. Machida’s most recent book Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary (2009) won the 2009 Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Book Award.  She is co-editor of Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Conversations on Asian American Art (2003), co-organizer of the Diasporic Asian Art Network, and a member of the executive committee of the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research.

 

PROJECT MANAGER

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is the Founding Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute and will administer the Summer Institute Project for NYU. In addition to his classroom teaching, Dr. Tchen is writing and editing The Yellow Peril Reader forthcoming spring 2012 with The New Press. His book, New York Before Chinatown (1999), is about orientalism and the formation of American identity in nineteenth-century New York City. Dr. Tchen is co-chair of the mission and vision committee for the new Smithsonian Institution Asian/Pacific American Center and also works as senior historian with the Museum of Chinese in America of which he is a co-founder.