Rita Gonzalez is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where she has curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement; Asco: Elite of the Obscure (during the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time festival); Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection; and Agnes Varda in Californialand, among other exhibitions and programs. Gonzalez’s curatorial collaboration with filmmaker Jesse Lerner, Mexperimental Cinema, was the first survey of Mexican experimental film and video. It traveled to museums and film festivals internationally and resulted in the first bilingual publication on the subject. From 1997-1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. At MCA San Diego, she worked on numerous exhibitions, lectures & film programs, as well as serving as curatorial coordinator for William Kentridge: Weighing and Wanting. She also co-curated the 2006 California Biennial and Adria Julia: La Villa Basque at the Orange County Museum of Art, and 20 Years Ago Today at the Japanese American National Museum. Gonzalez has written for media and art journals including Wide Angle, Poliester, COIL, Signs, and RIM. Her essays appear in Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (Duke University Press), Recent Pasts: Art in Southern California from 90s to Now (JRP|Ringier Zurich), and California Video: Artists and Histories (Getty Publications).
Joseph Mosconi is a writer and taxonomist based in Los Angeles. He co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau and co-edits the art & lit mag Area Sneaks. He is the author of Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), Demon Miso/Fashion In Child (Make Now Press, 2014) and Galvanized Iron on the Citizens’ Band (PRB Publications, 2009). His chapbooks include 33° Houdini (PRB Publications, 2008), But On Geometric (Insert Blanc Press, 2010),WORD SEARCH (OMG! Press, 2010) and QUESTIONNAIRE (
Rubén Ortiz-Torres is an artist who began his career as a photographer, printmaker, and painter in the early 1980s, well before he received his M.F.A. from the California Institute of Arts in 1992. Ortiz-Torres is a Mexican-born artist who has been living and working in Los Angeles since 1990. Ortiz-Torres is widely regarded as one of today’s leading Mexican artists and as an innovator in the 1980s of a specifically Mexican form of postmodernism. Over the past ten years, he has produced a body of work in a wide range of media — extended series of photographs, series of altered readymades, a feature film, several videos (including three in 3D), large scale video installations, major painting series, sculptures, customized cars and machines, photocollages, performances and curated exhibitions. Since 1982, Ortiz-Torres’s work has been featured in 25 solo exhibitions, over 100 group shows in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and more than 50 screenings of his films and video works. Over 150 written pieces cover his work in mainstream media such as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Reforma (Mexico), La Jornada (Mexico), and El Pais (Spain); in significant art world publications with international circulation such as ArtForum, Art Images, Frieze, New Art Examiner, Poliester, Bomb, Flash Art, and Art in America; and in numerous exhibition catalogues and books. Ortiz-Torres has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from, to name a few, the Andrea Frank Foundation, the Foundations for Contemporary Performance Art, the U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Banff Center for the Arts, and the Fullbright Foundation. He is faculty in the Visual Arts Department of the UCSD, since Fall 2001.