Malik Gaines is a member of My Barbarian, a collective including Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade. Founded in Los Angeles in 2000, My Barbarian combines elements of theater and visual art to create interdisciplinary works in video, music, performance, drawing, and sculpture. Join Malik Gaines as he discusses the collective's ongoing work.
Apart from his work with My Barbarian, he is Assistant Professor of Art at Hunter College, New York. Gaines has written essays and articles for Art Journal, Women & Performance, e-flux; contributions to books and exhibition catalogues for the Studio Museum in Harlem, Danspace, the Whitney Museum, the Hammer Museum, the 1st Moscow Biennial; and monograph texts for artists including Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Sharon Hayes, Glenn Ligon and Wangechi Mutu. He has organized exhibitions and programs independently, including "Fade: African American Artists in LA" for the City of Los Angeles (2004) and "Quadruple-Consciousness" at Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2010); and exhibitions and programs for LAXART, where he was a curator from 2005-2012, having curated solo shows by Anna Sew Hoy, Kalup Linzy and Colter Jacobsen, performances by Eleanor Antin and The Bodacious Buggerrilla, and serving as a co-curator of the Hammer Museum's biennial exhibition Made in LA (2012). Gaines holds a PhD in Performance Studies from UCLA and an MFA in Writing from CalArts. Other performance projects include a voice-and-piano solo act.