ALLISON AGSTEN Allison is Curator of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In her role, she collaborates with artists to develop a new paradigm for the museum experience. Formerly, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she spearheaded a number of projects related to accessibility including a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online. Prior to joining to LACMA, Agsten was a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau where she regularly covered the arts.
ELIZABETH CLINE Elizabeth is the Assistant Director of Machine Project in Los Angeles. Prior to working with Machine she was a Curatorial Associate at the Hammer Museum. Here she produced artist’s projects, performances and residencies in the Public Engagement program. Cline has taught and lectured about contemporary art practices at Art Center, Pasadena; Columbia College, Chicago; Portland Art Museum; and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first opera, “Tragedy on the Sea Nymph,” starring an all-dog cast, premiered at Machine Project and traveled to the Walker Art Center.
CANDICE HOPKINS Candice is the Elizabeth Simonfay Curatorial Resident, Indigenous Art, at the National Gallery of Canada and is the former director and curator of the exhibitions program at the Western Front in Vancouver. She has an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College, New York. Her writing has been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, New York University, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Fillip, Banff Centre Press, and National Museum of the American Indian, among others. Hopkins has lectured at venues including Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dakar Biennale, Tate Britain, University of British Columbia and University of Victoria.
JOSEPH DEL PESCO Joseph is the Program Director of the Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco. Previously he was curator-at-large for Artists Space, New York, and has worked as Assistant Curator at the Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis; Program Director at the Soap Factory, Minneapolis; and was a member of the curatorial committee at Southern Exposure, San Francisco. He has organized exhibitions and projects for the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; and Rooseum, Malmö; among others. He holds a Master of Arts in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
MARK ALLEN Mark is an artist, educator, and curator based in Los Angeles. He is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization headquartered in Echo Park that dedicates itself to, among other things, challenging the institutional norms of art through madcap performance and electric collective practice. Under Allen’s stewardship, Machine Project has performed in cultural institutions such as LACMA, Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Contemporary Museum of Art St Louis. Allen received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1999. He serves on the board of directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York and is a member of the Artist Advisory Board of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
ROBERT BLACKSON Rob is the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Previously he was Curator of Public Programs at Nottingham Contemporary, Curator of BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle/Gateshead, and curator at the University of Sunderland’s Reg Vardy Gallery. Blackson has contributed to a variety of catalogues and publications, including Art Journal, Cabinet, and Labyrint, and he has lectured internationally on issues related to contemporary art practice. He is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.