Please wait

My Barbarian
(Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade)

My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade), still from Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, 2013. Video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Collection of the artist; courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © My Barbarian

My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade), still from Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, 2013. Video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Collection of the artist; courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © My Barbarian

On View

Second Floor, Lobby Gallery

My Barbarian’s work is on view in the Museum’s second floor galleries and in the Anne & Joel Ehrenkranz Gallery (Lobby Gallery). Performances will also take place in the Lobby Gallery on select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in March. Check the calendar for additional information.

Founded in 2000
based in New York, NY,
and Los Angeles, CA

My Barbarian, a collective consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade, draws from experimental performance, traditional theater, and visual art to produce live events, music, and videos.

Installed in the Lobby Gallery, a multimedia installation composed of papier-mâché masks, projected backdrops, and triangular wooden stage explores the relationship between motherhood, identity, and social change. On select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, My Barbarian activates the installation with a live adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Mother (first performed in 1932).

In the second floor galleries, Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse (2013) combines influential texts by psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and by former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The video features artists Mary Kelly (b. 1941), in the role of French Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt (channeling psychoanalytic theorists), and Eleanor Antin (b. 1935), who plays a character inspired by Roosevelt. My Barbarian’s members also appear in the video, as well as their three mothers. Gaines, Gordon, and Segade were each “born into and out of” the second-wave feminist movement of the 1970s—the decade in which Antin and Kelly produced some of their most influential work.

Vlog: My Barbarian

In this vlog, artist and educator Christine Sun Kim interviews Malik Gaines of My Barbarian on the group’s participation in the 2014 Biennial.

Film Stills

Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations
Reflected in the Creative Impulse (2013)

My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade), still from Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, 2013. Video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Collection of the artist; courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © My Barbarian
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade), still from Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, 2013. Video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Collection of the artist; courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © My Barbarian
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade), still from Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, 2013. Video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Collection of the artist; courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © My Barbarian
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade), still from Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, 2013. Video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Collection of the artist; courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © My Barbarian
My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade), still from Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse, 2013. Video, color, sound, 30 minutes. Collection of the artist; courtesy Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. © My Barbarian