Barbara Browning teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. In addition to her scholarly publications, she is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (winner of a Lambda Literary Award), I’m Trying to Reach You (short-listed for The Believer Book Award), and, most recently, The Gift (or, Techniques of the Body). She also makes poems, dances, videos, and ukulele cover tunes.
Malik Gaines is an artist and writer based in New York. His essays have appeared in Art Journal, Women & Performance, and in numerous exhibition catalogues and arts publications. His book, Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left (NYU Press, 2017), traces a circulation of political ideas in performances of the 1960s and beyond. Since 2000, Gaines has performed and exhibited extensively with the group My Barbarian, whose work has been included in the Whitney Biennial, two Performa Biennials, the Montreal Biennial and the Baltic Triennial, among others. Gaines also makes performance and video work solo, and in other collaborations. He is assistant professor of Performance Studies in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.