My Barbarian

 
Founded 2000, Los Angeles, CA
 

MALIK GAINES
 
1973 Born in Visalia, CA
 
2011 PhD, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 
1999 MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
 
1996 BA, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 

JADE GORDON
 
1975 Born in Santa Rosa, CA
 
2011 MA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
 
2008 BA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
 

ALEXANDRO SEGADE
 
1973 Born in San Diego, California
 
2009 MFA, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 
1995 BA, University of California Los Angeles, Angeles, CA

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2016
“The Audience is Always Right,” New Museum, New York, NY (link)
2014
"Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse," Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
2013
"Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse," Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
 
PoLAAT Jerusalem: Together Forever? Yaffo 23, Jerusalem, Israel
2012
Flat Busted Beauty Window Fatale, Transformer Gallery, Washington DC
 
The Butterflys Evil Spell, collaboration with Lara Schnitger, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
 
Broke Peoples Baroque Peoples Theater, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
2010
The Night Epi$ode, UCLA Hammer Museum, Hammer Projects, Los Angeles, CA
 
Ecos de los Ecos del los Ecos, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico
2009
The Night Epi$ode, Participant, Inc., New York, NY
 
Suspension of Beliefs, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Hystera-Theater, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Steve Turner Contemporary, Miami, FL
 
Dance Witches Dance, collaboration with Lara Schnitger, Museum Het Domain, Sittard, NL; Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
 
The Golden Age, video project space, New Museum, New York, NY
 
Hacia Una Postura Izquierdista Studio Sound Series, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

2017
“One day this kid will get larger,” DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
2015
"Archetypes, Power, and Puppets," The College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH
2014
Whitney Biennial, curated by Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
 
Unsparing Quality, Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Farrah Karapetian
 
"D'un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant/Actors, Networks, Theories," curated by Vincent Bonin, Dazibao, Montreal, Canada
2013
Brought Into Being: Performativity and Formative Performance, Amelia A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, Old Westbury, NY
2012
Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
 
The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
2011
I, Bear, CANADA Gallery, New York, NY
 
Shame the Devil, The Kitchen, New York, NY
2010
A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns, DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, MI
 
Ludicrous! ICA, Philadelphia, PA
2009
Ecstatic Resistance, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; X Initiative, New York, NY
 
30 Seconds Off an Inch, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
 
Urban Stories, Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
 
Convention, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL
 
Collected. Propositions on the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
 
Solution, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
2008
From And About Place: Art From Los Angeles, CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel
 
California Biennial 2008, Estacin, Tijuana, Mexico
 
Six Degrees: Museum as Hub, New Museum, New York, NY
 
Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
 
That Was Then This Is Now, PS1, New York, NY
 
Freedom, The Hague Sculpture, The Hague, Netherlands
 
Unclassifiable, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007
Fact or Friction, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
 
Bennale de Montral, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2006
Underplayed: A Mix-Tape of Music Based Videos, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
 
Interstellar Low Ways, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
 
California Biennial 2006, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
 
Making the Band, Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies, Anandale-on-Hudson, NY
 
Cluster, Participant, Inc. New York, NY; Espacio El Particular, Mexico City, Mexico

Bibliography

2016
“My Barbarian: The Audience is Always Right,” The New Yorker, October 19
2015
Velasco, David, 500 Words: My Barbarian, Artforum, April 27 (link)
 
Kirsch, Corinna, Dealers Report: The 2015 Armory Show is Legit Awesome, ArtFCity, March 5
2014
"The Agenda: What to do this week in New York," Art in America online, March 18 (link)
 
My Barbarian, Counterpublicity, 2014, ArtForum.com, December 1
 
Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse: My Barbarian at Gallery 400, Edie and Andy Blog, October 7
 
Jovanovic, Rozalia, Handicrafts Carry the Day at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Artnet, March 6
 
Kunitz, Daniel, 9 Booths Not to Miss at This Years Armory Show, ArtInfo, March 6
 
Indrisek, Scott, This is Not a Survey: An Incomplete Review of the Whitney Review, ArtInfo, March 6
 
Brara, Noor, CalArts Presents a Benefit and Auction at Metro Pictures and Paula Cooper Gallery, Interview Magazine, April 8
 
Munrow, Cait, An Unexpected Opera Performance at the CalArts Benefit in New York, Artnet, April 8
 
Johnson, Grant, The Whitney Biennial: My Barbarians The Mother, Performa, April 3
 
Cohan, Nate, Modernist Mom: My Barbarian at the Whitney Biennial, Art in America, March 19
 
McGarry, Kevin, Review: Whitney Biennial 2014, Art Agenda, March 7
2013
Ng, David, Whitney Biennial 2014 to include L.A. artists, David Foster Wallace, Los Angeles Times, November 15
 
Vogel, Carol, The 2014 Whitney Biennial Is Taking Shape, The New York Times, November 14 (link)
 
Damman, Catherine, "Review: My Barbarian at Susanne Vielmetter," Art in America, October
 
Moss, Avigail, "Working Mothers of Invention: My Barbarian at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects," Texte zur Kunst, no. 91, September
 
Fraser, Andrea, "My Barbarian," BOMB Magazine, Fall 2013
 
Newman, Robin, "Masks and Mothers from My Barbarian," The Wild Magazine, August 18
 
Mizota, Sharon, Critics Pick: My Barbarian at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Artforum.com, July 26
 
Damman, Catherine, Work It, Working Mother: L.A. Summer Performances, Art in America, July 24
 
Korek, Bettina, Seriously Go: Galleries Heat Up Los Angeles, Huffington Post, July 11
 
Wagley, Catherine, "Five Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week," LA Weekly, July 10
 
Jackson, Shannon, Just-in-Time: Performance and the Aesthetics of Precarity, The Drama Review
2012
Steffen, Patrick, Review: My Barbarian, Flash Art, May-June
 
Myers, Holly, Art Review: My Barbarian at Human Resources, Los Angeles Times, March 8
 
Wagley, Catherine, How Do You Create a Fake Theater Troupe? LA Weekly, March 1
2011
Wagley, Catherine, Top 10 Moments of the Year in L.A. Art, LA Weekly, December 22
2010
Coburn, Tyler, Reclaim the Street (Theater), Art Review, March
 
Grantham, Tosha, 30 Second off an Inch, International Review of African American Artists, Vol. 23, No. 1
2009
Cotter, Holland, Art Review: Ecstatic Resistance, New York Times, December 17
 
Ellegood, Anne, Best of 2009, Artforum, December
 
Valdez, Sarah, Exhibition Reviews: My Barbarian, Art In America, November
 
Pollack, Barbara, Art Review: My Barbarian, The Night Epi$ode, Time Out New York, October 8
 
Pollack, Barbara, Making Night School Cool, Art News, September
 
Kley, Elisabeth, Gotham Art & Theater, artnet.com, September
 
Tumlir, Jan, Reviews: My Barbarian, Artforum, September
 
Myers, Holly, An Ironic Approach to Challenging Beliefs, Los Angeles Times, May 22
 
Mueller, Kurt, Solution, Art Papers, May/June
 
Casadio, Mariuccia, Acoustics, Vogue Italia, March
 
Miles, Christopher, Sculptural Comedy, LA Weekly, January 23
 
Muoz, Jose Esteban, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, (New York: NYU Press)
2008
Maslamani, Maliha, Workshop Redefines Actor/Audience Relationship, Daily News Egypt, December 30
 
Natalicchio, Cristina, The Entertainment Was Here! Work, Winter
 
Segade, Alexandro, The 5 Principles of the PoLAAT, Art Lies, Winter
 
Als, Hilton, "Second as Farce," The New Yorker, October 13
 
Mauss, Nick and Ken Okiishi, Top 10, Artforum, March
 
Ruiz, Alma, From and About Place: Art From Los Angeles, catalogue, CCA Tel Aviv
2007
Hill, Lori, First Friday Focus, Philadelphia City Paper, December 31
 
Pagel, David, Read Me! Text in Art is School Smart and Street Wise, Los Angeles Times, December 28
 
Butler, Connie, Who is Guy de Cointet? Artforum, Summer
2006
Sandals, Leah, The Seven Habits of Politically Effective Public Art, Spacing, Winter
 
Hart, Hugh, Ground Seized by Those Contrarian Barbarians, Los Angeles Times, November 26
 
Limnander, Armand, Universal Pictures, Elle Magazine, November
 
Chang, Richard, Art of the State, Orange County Register, October 8
 
Knight, Christopher, The Faces of This Place, Los Angeles Times, October 7
 
Marcopoulos, Ari, Artquake, photo essay, New York Times Magazine, October 1
 
Knight, Christopher, Forget isms Except Eclecticism, Los Angeles Times, October 1
 
Kushner, Rachel, Californias Rising Art Stars, C Magazine, October
 
My Barbarian, L.A. Queer Art Now, guest editors, Frontiers, August 29
 
Armstrong, Elizabeth, California Above All, Art Review, May
 
My Barbarian, Rants & Raves, NYFA.org, May
 
Magnuson, Ann, Clap Your Jazz Hands And Say Yeah! Paper Magazine, April
 
Chang, Aimee, Ouverture: My Barbarian, Flash Art, January-February
2005
Ferreiro, Laura, My Barbarian, Under the Radar, Winter
 
Balzer, David, My Barbarian, Eye Weekly, (Toronto, Ontario) June 30
 
Editors, 250, I-D Magazine, December 2004 / January
 
Noerver, Peter, ed., Schindler by Mak: Prestel Museum Guide, (Prestel Museum Guides)
2004
Athey, Ron, MAK Daddies, LA Weekly, October 22
2003
Pradhan, Anup, Conquering Heroes, San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 6, 2003

Other Projects

 
"POST-LIVING ANTE-ACTION THEATER" WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES
2013
Together Forever? Yaffo 23, Jerusalem, Israel, June
2012
Born to Kill, Learn to Love, ICA Philadelphia, PA, November
 
Post-Paradise, Sorry-Again, CalArts School of Theater / REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA, March-April
2011
PoLAAT Toronto, Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February
2010
Club Remix, American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May
 
Todo El Dinero es Sueo, Matadero, Madrid, Spain, February
2008
The Eleven Human Senses, Townhouse Gallery/Rawabet Theater, Cairo, Egypt, December
 
Post-Paradise, Never Say Sorry Again, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy, July
 
Post-Paradise, Sorry-Again, New Museum, New York, NY, June-July

Grants and Awards

2018
United States Artists Fellowship, Theater and Performance, Chicago, IL (link)
2013
Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY
2012
Creative Capital, New York, NY
2009
City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Art Matters, New York, NY

Performances

2018
"Non-Western," Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles, CA (link)
2015
"Double Agency," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (link)
2013
My Barbarian's adaptation of 'The Mother' by Bertolt Brecht, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA
2012
Broke Peoples Baroque Peoples Theater, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Art Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, Collins Park, Miami Beach, FL, and Hirshhorn Museum, Artlab+, Washington D.C.
 
An Evening with My Barbarian, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
 
Broke Peoples Baroque Peoples Theater, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
 
Night Breakfast, Ball of Artists, Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, Greystone Mansion, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Broke Peoples Baroque Peoples Theater, The Kitchen, New York, NY; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
 
Tourists From the Future, Watermill Center, The Hamptons, NY
 
Death Panel Discussion, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Tropical Oracle, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
 
Ecos de los Ecos de los Ecos, Museo Experimental El Eco and Espacio Escoltorico, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
 
Death Panel Discussion, Transformer Gallery, Washington D.C.
 
Retro-Active, Self-Appropriation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2009
The Fourth Wall, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
 
Broke Peoples Baroque Peoples Theater, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
 
Forrest Brothers and Sisters, Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
 
The Five Principles, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
 
Dance witches Dance, collaboration with Lara Schnitger, Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008
Hystera-Theater, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Steve Turner Contemporary, Miami, FL
 
Pagan Rights, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY
 
Non-Western, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA; UCLA Little Theater, LA, CA; San Diego Museum, San Diego, CA; Ground Zero, USC, LA, CA; Estacin, Tijuana, Mexico
 
Dance witches Dance, collaboration with Lara Schnitger, Museum Het Domain, Sittard, Netherlands
 
The Case of the Stairs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Mountain People, International Prize for Performance, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy
 
Non-Western, La Noche En Blanco, El Matadero, Madrid, Spain; Joes Pub, New York, NY
 
Voyage of the White Widow, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Performa 07 Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
 
Gods of Canada II: La Sparatisme Galactique, Bennale de Montral, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2006
Mythologic Mass, Performa, Stephen Weiss Studio, New York, NY
 
Traveling the Spaceways, The Hideout, Chicago, IL; UCR Sweeney Gallery, Riverside, CA
 
California Sweet, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Torpedo, Oslo, Norway
 
Medieval Morality, Peres Projects Gallery, Berlin, Germany
 
Double Future, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
 
Silver Minds, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2005
You Were Born Poor & Poor You Will Die, Performa 05 Biennial, Participant, Inc., New York, NY; California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
 
Pagan Rights, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Participant, Inc., New York, NY; Drake Underground, Toronto, Ontario; Evidence Room Theater, Los Angeles, CA
 
Gods of Canada, commissioned by the Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
Squirrel Radio Action, commissioned by Pacific Drift, NPR affiliate KPCC 89.3, Pasadena, CA
2004
Medieval Morality, MAK Centers Schindler House, West Hollywood, CA
 
Web of the Ultimate: A Sance, MAK Centers Schindler House, West Hollywood, CA
 
MB: The Mary Blair Story, NOW Festival, REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
 
Purple Eyes, Spring Break Festival, Evidence Room Theater, Los Angeles, CA
 
The Monkey Machine, Vaginal Davis Bricktops, Los Angeles, CA
2002
Nightmarathon: Halloween Hextravaganza, Sundown Salon, Los Angeles, CA
 
Fairy Theatre at the Fisting Motel, Outfest 2002, Platinum Oasis, curated by Ron Athey and Vaginal Davis, Coral Sands Motel, Los Angeles, CA
2001
X-Mas Special, performance at the homes of Allison Anders, Beck, Roddy Bottum, Luise Heath, Rene Petropolous, Stephen Prina, Kim Fisher, Los Angeles, CA
 
Frenchboro, Maine, collaboration with Glenn Ligon & Candice Biertz for Song Poems, Cohen Leslie & Brown, New York, NY; The Palace, Los Angeles, CA

Publications

2018
Bonin, Vincent, "D'un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant / Actors, Networks, Theories," Blackdog Publishing: London