Stephanie Barron

Stephanie Barron is Senior Curator and Modern Art Department Head at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Among her exhibitions and publications over the past 40 years are “The Russian Avant- Garde: 1910-1930: New Perspectives” ; “German Expressionist Sculpture”; “’Degenerate Art’: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany”; “Exiles + Émigrés- The Flight of European Artists from Hitler”; Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures”, “New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933”, and exhibitions of Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Ed Kienholz, Sharon Lockhart, John McLaughlin, Rene Magritte, and Ken Price. She has received the Order of Merit, First Class and the Commander’s Cross from the German government. Her exhibitions and publications have five times been voted the best in the United States by the International Art Critics Association, three times by the Art Museum Curators Association, and she has twice received the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for best museum catalogue. A long standing member of the Art Advisory Panel of the IRS, she is a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and trustee of the John Baldessari Foundation.

Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie is an artist primarily working in photography. Opie’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including a mid-career survey at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008); and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway (2017). Opie is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2019), the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art Medal (2016), the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award (2013), and a United States Artists Fellowship (2006). She serves on the Board of Directors for The Andy Warhol Foundation, New York, and the Board of Trustees for MOCA, Los Angeles. Opie received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from California Institute for the Arts. She is the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Chair at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Art where she has been a Professor since 2001.

Claire Peeps

Claire Peeps serves as Executive Director of the Durfee Foundation. In her earlier professional career, Peeps was President of Grantmakers in the Arts, Chair of Southern California Grantmakers, and Vice Chair of the California Council for the Humanities. She is a former President of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, appointed by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to represent the Third District, and a current Commissioner on LA County’s Quality & Productivity Commission. She is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy, and an adjunct instructor at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Peeps is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of New Mexico, and holds certificates from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Ed Rada

Edward Rada has held leadership positions at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, including Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director of Center Theatre Group, and producer at both the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. He is a former President of The Music Center Foundation and past chairman of Project Angel Food. He also serves on the Boards of Directors for USA for Africa/We Are The World; Boston Court Pasadena; and Friends of Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan. Additionally, he has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Entertainment Industry Foundation in Century City, Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and Hands Across America. He received an A.B. in Economics from Occidental College and completed The Executive Program in Management at UCLA’s John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Gary Simmons

Gary Simmons is an artist who uses icons and stereotypes of American popular culture to create works that address personal and collective experiences of race and class. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Drawing Center, New York (2016); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002). In 2015, his work was included in All the World’s Future, Venice Biennale. Simmons’ work is housed in numerous permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is a recipient of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Prize (2013), Penny McCall Foundation Grant (1991), and a National Endowment for the Arts Interarts Grant (1990). Simmons received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.

Joan Weinstein

Joan Weinstein is Director of the Getty Foundation. She joined the Getty in 1994 and has held various positions throughout her tenure, including Deputy Director, Associate Director, and Senior Program Officer. She has directed grant initiatives internationally related to art history, conservation, and museum practice, and was co-director of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945–1980. Weinstein began her career teaching art history at the University of Pittsburgh and has written extensively on the history of modern art in Weimar Germany. She is a recipient of fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service, the J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied at the Phillips-Universität Marburg in Germany.

John C. Welchman

John C. Welchman is an art historian and writer whose work focuses on modern and contemporary art and visual cultures. He has written, co-written and edited numerous books and catalogues on Mike Kelley including the artist’s writings and interviews, Foul Perfection: Essays and Criticism (2003), Minor Histories (2004), Interviews, Conversations, Chit-Chat (2006); and essays for the catalogues of The Uncanny (2004) and Day is Done (2005-06). His monographs include Invisible Colors: A Visual History of Titles (1997), Art After Appropriation (2001), Past Realization: Essays on Contemporary European Art (2016), After the Wagnerian Bouillabaisse (2019), and Royal Book Lodge (2020). He was founder and chair of the Southern California Consortium of Art Schools and editor of its publications: Institutional Critique and After (2006); The Aesthetics of Risk (2008) and Black Sphinx: On the Comedic in Modern Art (2010). Welchman has a PhD from The Courtauld Institute of Art and was a Fullbright Fellow at Columbia University. He is Professor of Modern Art History in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego and has also taught at Harvard and UCLA.