Lauri Firstenberg is the director and curator of LAXART, which she founded in 2005 while pursuing her Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University. Before that, she was the assistant director and curator of the Mak Center at the Schindler House, West Hollywood, and an adjunct curator at Artists Space, New York. Firstenberg was an associate curator for Okwui Enwezor’s 2001 exhibition Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 19452001, which originated at the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and she was a curatorial assistant for Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany (2002). She has collaborated on exhibitions at LAXART with artists such as Mark Bradford, Yunhee Min, Walead Beshty, Thomas Lawson, William Leavitt, Nicole Miller, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Piero Golia, Jedediah Caesar, Lisa Tan, Sherin Guirguis, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Samon Takahasi, Adria Julia, and Ruben Ochoa. Firstenberg also curated the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and recently curated projects at ArtPace, San Antonio and Participant Inc, New York. She has taught in the Public Art Studies program at U.S.C. and at SciARC.