Louise Steinman is an artist, writer, and literary curator. Her work frequently deals with memory, history, and reconciliation. Her three books include: TheCrooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation; The Knowing Body:The Artist As Storyteller in Contemporary Performance and, The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father’s War. Steinman founded– and was for twenty fiveyears the curator—of the celebrated ALOUD literary series at the LosAngeles Public Library. She has directed and collaborated on performance works, most recently as artist-in-residence at Ucross Foundation and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She is the recipient of awards from The Adam Mickiewicz Institute,and the National Endowment for the Arts and wasawarded the 2019 Chora Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. She is codirector of the Los Angeles Institute for Humanities at the University of Southern California.
Dorit Cypis has explored themes of history, identity, andsocial relations as an artist, educator, mediator and social activator since the 1980s. Her work, poetic, formal, body full and political, traverses performance, photography, immersive mediainstallation and social practice and has been presented internationally including by the Whitney Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Orange County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museumof Modern Art, Musee des Beaux Arts/Bruxelles and Musee Contemporaire/Montreal. Civic community programs she has created include Kulture Klub Collaborative, initiated in 1992, for artists and home-less youth to bridge survival and inspiration. She has written on identity and social relations for books and journals and has designed curriculum for colleges and universities. Her current projects include, Open Your Eyes If You Want to See, transposing a proverb on human relations to visual braille and interpreted by musicians as musical score to transform seeing to listening, One Another, research, dialogue and performance on identity, difference and conflict,and Peoples Lab an initiative to build creative leadership for social change. Dorit has received many awards for her work including a Guggenheim Fellowship and Rauschenberg Foundationaward in 2014. She earned post-graduate degrees from California Institute for the Arts and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. Cypis was born in Israel, raised in Montreal, Canada, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. At the core of her work is a guiding question, “who are we to each other?”