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Lauri Firstenberg, Founder and Director of LAXART, to Step Down

Lauri Firstenberg, the founder and director of LAXART, will be stepping down from her position at the end of March. She will stay involved as a board member of the organization; meanwhile a search for her successor has begun. LAXART was founded by Firstenberg while she pursued a Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Harvard. An associate curator for the 2001 show “Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa,” and has also worked as curatorial assistant for Documenta 11.

At LAXART, Firstenberg worked with such artists as William Leavitt, Thomas Lawson, Piero Golia, Mark Bradford, Walead Beshty, Nicole Miller, Yunhee Min, and Daniel Joseph Martinez. She was a curator of the Orange County Museum of Art’s 2008 California Biennial, she has also organized shows at ArtPace San Antonio, and Participant Inc.

“Together we have produced over 500 experimental exhibitions, public art initiatives, discursive programs and partnerships with leading institutions in the form of biennials and festivals,” said Firstenberg.

“I am committed to LAXART now and in the future and to collaborating with the existing team, including our phenomenal deputy director Catherine Taft, during this period of transition. LAXART’s original principle was flexibility and today it is sustainability,” she added.