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Back to Blog February 13, 2023

Li Machado (PhD candidate) appointed a curatorial assistant at Benton Museum of Art, Pomona College

Author: Jane DeRose Evans
Li Machado headshot

Li (he/they) officially joined on January 30 as a curatorial assistant, a position made possible with support from the Getty Foundation through its Getty Marrow Emerging Professionals Pilot Program. This is from the official announcement: "They specialize in Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latinx Art with a research emphasis on memory art and memorials, presence, and absence. Li’s current work builds on recent histories of queer art, queer worldmaking and youth culture, and transnational identity formation in the context of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, particularly Los Angeles. A current Temple University Future Faculty Fellow, a recipient of the inaugural Marcia Hall Research Award, and a former Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern, Li was also the president of the Art History Graduate Organization at Temple. This group led the graduate student push for an overhauled undergraduate curriculum, anti-racist teaching, and improved teaching assistant training in the wake of the summer 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.
Li will bring their expertise, interest, and research skills to our permanent collection and exhibitions program, both those already planned and those yet to be conceived. We’re particularly excited to have fresh eyes on our existing programs and to work with Li on developing new ideas and projects. And of course we’re very grateful to the Getty, which continues to support our efforts to create opportunities for and train a new generation of museum professionals."