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. Maura Brewer was a Whitney Independent Study Program fellow from 2014-2015, and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2011.

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 is also completing a PhD in Performance Studies at New York University.

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