Art (Art History)
B.A. History of Art, University of California Berkeley 2013
Matthew Villar Miranda was raised in the Mojave Desert, received his Bachelors in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. He is in his third year of the inaugural class of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)-ASU Master's Fellowship in Art History and currently works as a Curatorial Fellow at the ASU Art Museum.
He is researching the postcolonial aesthetics of the Philippines from 17th-century art to contemporary art to critique the continuing projects of Spanish and American imperialism.
He is currently revising the historiography of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Art Brut to include Filipino-American diaspora with a monographic case study of the artist Alfonso Ossorio using queer, affect, and subaltern methodologies.
More personally, he is scrutinizing the cultural legacythe gains and discontentsof his family record label, Villar Records, which advocated for Original Pilipino Music (OPM) while importing western popular music, forming new genres of resistance such as Manila Disco, during the tumultuous martial law era of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)-Arizona State University (ASU) Master's Fellowship in Art History, 2018