Michael Klein, Consulting Curator
Michael Klein has more than 35 years of working in the arts industry. In the 1970s, he was the first dealer to buy Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, and Laurie Simmons. In the 1980s he was the first dealer to buy Peter Schuyff, Richard Prince, Haim Steinbach and Christopher Wool. And in the 1990s Klein bought the first Damien Hirst sold to an American. His gallery presented a wide variety of artists from the painters Pat Steir and Dona Nelson to the more conceptual based works of Matt Mullican, James Casebere and Beverly Semmes and the sculptors Jene Highstein, Jackie Ferrara and Rita McBride. Klein is also known for innovating the curator’s role during his tenure managing the Microsoft Art Collection in Redmond, WA from 1999-2005, where he directed art acquisitions, commissions, collection management, and an education program for the company’s 50,000 employees.
Crystal Curtis, Executive Director
Crystal Curtis is an internationally exhibited visual artist, professor of contemporary art, and the Executive Director of X Contemporary. A passionate educator and entrepreneur, Curtis is dedicated to creating context for people to better understand the relationship between modern and contemporary art. When she helped launch X Contemporary in 2015, she channeled her creative energies into the exploration of innovative, timely exhibition models that deliver unexpected experiences and create lasting relationships with art. In 2016, as the sole owner of X Contemporary, she continues to build a community around shared ideas. Originally from Southern California, Curtis earned an MFA at NYU, where she taught before joining the faculty of LIM College in 2006.