The Arts Research Cooperative was co-founded by Maura Brewer, Trista E. Mallory and Aliza Shvarts in 2017.

Maura Brewer is a visual artist who works in video, performance and experimental garment design to address the construction of gender identity in mass culture. She is a founding member of the Rational Dress Society, a counter-fashion collective. Exhibitions include MoMA, MUMOK and the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. Maura Brewer was a Whitney Independent Study Program fellow from 2014-2015, and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2011.

Cameron Crawford is an artist and writer whose work deals with limits of language and ethics. Exhibitions include the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Readings include Printed Matter and MoMA PS1. Publications include Blast Counterblast (anthology, Mercer Union/Whitewalls/University of Chicago Press ed. by Steve Reinke and Anthony Elms) and Manual for Treason (anthology, 2011 Sharjah Biennial). Cameron Crawford received his MFA from Northwestern University in 2011.

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is a designer and artist whose work is rooted in a critical approach to making, covering collections of ready-to-wear apparel, performance, research oriented projects, and experimental garments. She is a founding member of the Rational Dress Society, a counter-fashion collective. Exhibitions include MoMA, the Museum of Arts and Design and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Trista E. Mallory is a writer and scholar whose work deals with feminisms and feminist pedagogical practices. She holds a PhD from Western University, Canada and served as part-time faculty at the New School and Faculty and Instructor for Curatorial Studies at the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, New York from 2014-17.

Aliza Shvarts is an artist, writer, and scholar whose work deals broadly with queer and feminist understandings of reproductive labor and temporality. She was a 2014 recipient of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, a 2014-2015 Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, and is currently a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her PhD in Performance Studies from New York University.

In addition to the ARC’s regular faculty, Summer 2018 included visits and presentations from the following scholars, artists, curators and writers: