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Dr. Maureen Furniss, animation curator

Dr. Maureen Furniss is the founding editor of Animation Journal and author of two books, Art in Motion: Animation Aesthetics and The Animation Bible. She is on the animation faculty at California Institute of the Arts in the Los Angeles area, and president of the Society for Animation Studies. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, with research on abstract animation.


Malik Gaines, panelist

Malik Gaines is a writer and artist based in Los Angeles. Gaines has written art criticism and journalism for numerous publications including The Advocate, ArtUS, Art Papers, Art Review, Artforum, and Frieze. He has written catalogue essays for the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the First Moscow Biennial; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Secession, Vienna; among others, and has contributed monograph texts for artists including Glenn Ligon and Wangechi Mutu. Gaines has curated exhibitions including Fade: African American Artists in Los Angeles for the City of Los Angeles (2004); Effacé at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2006); Read Me! Text in Art at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (2007); as well as Kalup Linzy: All My Churen (2006), Talks About Acts (2007), and Anna Sew Hoy: Pow (2008) at LAXART, Los Angeles, where Gaines is Adjunct Curator. In 2003 Gaines received a Penny McCall Foundation Award for his work as a critic and curator. He is a founding member of the performance collective My Barbarian, which has performed or shown video work at venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum; the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Joe’s Pub, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Gaines received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Los Angeles (1996) and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from CalArts’ School of Critical Studies in 1999. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in theater and performance studies at UCLA, which he expects to complete in 2010.

For more information about My Barbarian, please visit www.mybarbarian.com


Sherin Guirguis, panelist

Sherin Guirguis is an artist based in Los Angeles. Guirguis who was born in Luxor, Egypt in 1974, received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001. Her work has been exhibited at Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica; BANK, Los Angeles; Project Flower Shop, Brooklyn; and POST, Los Angeles. Selected Group shows include Quickening at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tuscon (2005); The Dreams Stuff Is Made Of at ArtFrankfurt, Germany (2001); and Las Vegas Diaspora, curated by Dave Hickey at the Las Vegas Art Museum (2007). Her work has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, Artforum and Artweek, among others. In addition to her own work, Guirguis has also curated several exhibitions featuring emerging artists in California and for the past year has been director of Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts.


Kimberli Meyer, commissioner

Kimberli Meyer is the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles, a curator, and a lecturer and writer on art and architecture. She is the recipient of a 2008 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition award (with Nizan Shaked, Lisa Henry, and Gloria Sutton) for How Many Billboards on the Boulevard?, scheduled for 2010. In 2006, she received an Étant donnés grant for curatorial research, and a full scholarship to the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders—Arts, hosted by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has been co-curator of the MAK Center exhibitions Showdown! (with Fritz Haeg in 2004); Symmetry (with Nizan Shaked in 2006); the Gen(H)ome Project (with Open Source Architecture in 2006); and has organized solo exhibitions of Victor Burgin (2007); Katie Grinnan (2008); Ismail Farouk (2008); and Dorit Margreiter (2009). In 2007 she cofounded the MAK Urban Future Initiative, an international fellowship program in Los Angeles with Peter Noever (CEO and artistic director of MAK Vienna). Meyer has been an architectural designer since 1990, most recently completing a residential project in Baja California, Mexico. Meyer has a Master of Fine Arts in fine arts from the California Institute for the Arts, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois, Chicago.


Dr. Nizan Shaked, essayist

Dr. Nizan Shaked is an assistant professor of art history, museum, and curatorial studies at California State University, Long Beach. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in cultural studies with an emphasis in museum studies from Claremont Graduate University, where she wrote her dissertation entitled The Paradox of Identity Politics as an Agent in Critical Art: 1970s To The 1990s. Shaked holds a Master of Arts in critical and curatorial studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design. From 2005 through 2006, she was a visiting assistant professor of art history at the University of La Verne, and has previously taught art history and critical theory in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Otis College of Art and Design. Shaked has curated Fetish: Art/Word at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (2002), co-curated Symmetry (with Kimberli Meyer) at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, and was curator of the Weingart Galleries at Occidental College, Los Angeles (2002–2004). In 2008 Shaked received an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (with Kimberli Meyer, Lisa Henry, and Gloria Sutton) for How Many Billboards on the Boulevard?. She has contributed monograph texts for artists including Judie Bamber, Todd Gray, Kendell Carter, Kianga Ford, and Liat Yossifor, and has written reviews for academic and art publications. She is a contributor and a member of the editorial board for the Los Angeles-based magazine X-Tra Contemporary Art Quarterly.


Jennifer Steinkamp, artist

Jennifer  Steinkamp is a Los Angeles-based American artist who works with new media and  video to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and perception. Her  recent survey exhibition was initiated by the San Jose Museum of Art,  California, and traveled to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City,  Missouri, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. She has  exhibited extensively throughout the world, including exhibitions at the J.  Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art  (MassMoCA), North Adams; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington  D.C.; Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France; and the Art Gallery of  Ontario, Canada. Her work has been included in Poetic Justice, the Eighth  Istanbul Biennial; SITE Santa Fe’s Fourth International Biennial, New Mexico;  and the Venice Biennale, Italy. Her work is part of the collections at the  Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Towada Center, Japan; Western Bridge, Seattle; Los  Angeles County Museum of Art; Denver Art Museum; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo  de Málaga (CAC), Spain; Istanbul Modern; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de  Castilla y León (MUSAC), Leon, Spain. A monograph of her work by Joanne  Northrup entitled Jennifer Steinkamp was published by Prestel Verlag in 2006.


Chip Tom, panelist

Chip Tom is an independent curator based in Los Angeles. He was educated at Yale University, and spent five years working at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland before relocating to California. Some of his recent exhibitions include Chinaman’s Chance: Views of the Chinese American Experience, with Arthur Ou, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Zhi Lin, at the Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California (March 13–July 27, 2008); CalAsia with Ruth Asawa, Benny Chan, George Chann, Emily Cheng, Aragna Ker, Ji Sun Kim, Arthur Ou, Jung Eun Park, Rene Yung, and Tyrus Wong, at Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, California (September 13–November 9, 2007); Peter Halley and Warren MacArthur, at Rohrer Fine Art, Laguna Beach, California (June 30–July 30, 2007); Banquet: A Feast for the Senses, with Chiho Aoshima, Ambreen Butt, Patty Chang, Jiae Hwang, Sang-Bin Im, Takehito Kaganezawa, Aragna Ker, Susan Lee-Chun, Li Jin, Kohei Nawa, Kaz Oshiro, Jung Eun Park, Zhang Huan, and Zhi Lin, at the Pacific Asia Museum (November 10, 2006–February 4, 2007); NLA: Contemporary Dutch Design, co-curated with Peter Loughrey and John Geresi, with Atelier Van Lieshout, Maarten Baas, Jurgen Bey, Tord Bootje, Richard Hutten, Claudy Jongstra, Bertjan Pot, Tejo Remy, Wieki Somers, Frank Tjepkema, and Marcel Wanders, at ACME Gallery, Los Angeles (April 22–May 27, 2006); and The Opera Inside The Atom, with Amy Myers, at Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California (February 26–April 10, 2005).

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