Malik Gaines

My Barbarian

Visual Arts, 2012

Malik Gaines is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at New York University. Apart from My Barbarian, Gaines has written articles for arts publications and exhibition catalogues, and monograph texts for artists including Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Glenn Ligon and  Wangechi Mutu. He has organized exhibitions and programs independently, including Fade: African American Artists in LA for theCity of Los Angeles (2004), Read Me! at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (2008), and Quadruple-Consciousness at Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2010). Gaines serves as Curator-at-Large for the non-profit gallery LAXART, Los Angeles, where since 2005 he has organized performances, programs and exhibitions. Gaines holds a PhD in Performance Studies from UCLA (2011). Other performance projects include a voice-and-piano solo act and a family music combo called The Gaines.

Awards and Accomplishments


My Barbarian participates in the 2014 Whitney Bienniel in New York 


My Barbarian received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant