Mark Allen

Mark Allen is an artist, educator, and curator based in Los Angeles. He is the founder and executive director of Machine Project, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization headquartered in Echo Park that dedicates itself to, among other things, challenging the institutional norms of art through madcap performance and electric collective practice. Under Allen’s stewardship, Machine Project has performed in cultural institutions such as LACMA, Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Contemporary Museum of Art St Louis, transforming these austere settings into interactive, surreal, and often chaotic environments. Allen received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1999. He serves on the board of directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York and is a member of the Artist Advisory Board of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.