MAX Collaborators

MAX’s vision is achieved through partnerships with a wide range artistic and scientific collaborators.

Collaborators

Sally Katz
Sally Katz
Sally Martin Katz is Curatorial Assistant of Photography at SFMOMA and Ph.D. candidate in Art History, focusing on History of Photography, at the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Before moving to the Bay Area, she lived in Paris, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in Art History as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography, both from the Sorbonne. While living in Paris, she served as assistant to the director and the head of exhibitions & communications at the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson and worked on the photographic archive of the Greek, Roman & Etruscan Antiquities Department at the Musée du Louvre.
Associated Programs: Star Stories
Robin Dahlberg
Robin Dahlberg
Robin Dahlberg is a visual artist and arts educator based in New York City. Robin uses photography to explore how we respond to the challenges of everyday life. Robin loves sharing her passion for photography with others and teaches analog and digital photography to children, teens, adults and people with disabilities. Robin published her first photo book in 2016, Billable Hours in 6-Minute Increments, a humorous look at corporate culture in large New York law firms. Before becoming a photographer, she was a civil rights attorney and traveled widely, advocating for the reform of criminal justice, juvenile justice, health care, and foster care systems throughout the country.
Associated Programs: Star Stories
Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet
For more than 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing more than 60 recordings of extraordinary breadth and creativity, collaborating with many of the world's most intriguing and accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning more than 950 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including both the Polar Music and Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians, a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America.
Associated Programs: Kronos Eclipse
Ethan Lipton
Ethan Lipton
As a playwright, Ethan Lipton’s work has been seen and heard in NYC, LA, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Edinburgh, and Berne. He is the 2012-13 Playwright’s Realm’s Page One resident playwright, alumni of the Public Theater’s emerging writers group and a Clubbed Thumb affiliated artist. Ethan has received playwriting grants from NYFA, NYSCA, and the NEA, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb and True Love. As a performer, Ethan has backed up Laurie Anderson on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” originated the role of Klipspringer in the Elevator Repair Service production on “Gatz”, and sung with Matt Berninger of the National and Cynthia Hopkins.
Associated Programs: The Outer Space
Andrea Lauer
Andrea Lauer
Andrea Lauer is a costume/set designer and fashion stylist. Recent credits include Richard The II at The Old Globe, Lovely Rita, a multimedia event in celebration of the Beatles 50th release of Sgt. Peppers, and A Chorus Line at the MUNY. Her work has been seen on Broadway (American Idiot, Bring it On), around the country and internationally. Working as a stylist for various artists, commercials, and publications, her work can be seen in Rolling Stone, Vogue, Interview, OUT Magazine, The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, red carpet events, and music videos.
Associated Programs: Universal Threads
Edgar Medina
Edgar Medina
Edgar Medina originals have shown across the country at galleries in Chicago, New Orleans, Santa Fe and Houston. Medina has been a featured artist at Art Chicago, The Los Angeles Art Show, Art Santa Fe and Red Dot Miami. Last year, Edgar Medina originals helped to raise a substantial amount for Houston area charities including American Cancer Society, MDA, Victory Houston –Cattle Barron's Ball, Foundation for Teen Health / Baylor Medina, JDRF and Tahirih Justice Center. This year, Edgar has had the honor of being a part of Artist INC Houston, a mentorship program with Fresh Arts Houston. For the last eight weeks, Edgar has been working with local artists and mentors, sharing their mutual experiences and learning from each other. Associated Programs/Events: Mission Art
Associated Programs: The Final Frontier
Christine Zeurcher
Christine Zeurcher

Christine received a BFA from the University of Dayton and an MFA from East Carolina University. Her research is on shortwave radio, the Space Race, and transmission technologies with a focus in interdisciplinary and alternative photographic processes. She is a Dayton Art Institute Yeck Fellow and an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award Recipient. She has a national exhibition record that includes the GreenHill Center for Art in Greensboro, North Carolina, Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, and the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Associated Programs: Spacewoman of the Underground
Romie Littrell
Romie Littrell
Romie is a producer and UX strategist with 8 years of creative project direction and interactive exhibition production. His background is in biology, and he has a passion for engaging artists and citizen scientists with tools to explore the natural world.  
Associated Programs: Intergalactic Travel Bureau
Alicia Sometimes
Alicia Sometimes
Alicia Sometimes is a writer, poet and broadcaster. She is a regular guest on 774, Radio National and is one sixth of The Outer Sanctum Podcast. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world including World Science Festival Brisbane, Quantum Words Festival, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Story of Light Festival (India) and many more. She was also writer and director of the science-poetry show, Elemental which toured in 2015 and 2016.
Associated Programs: Particle/Wave
Xin Liu
Xin Liu
Xin Liu is an artist and engineer, whose research-based projects range from performances, apparatus, installations to scientific experiments and academic papers. Xin is the the Arts Curator in Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab and a member of New INC in New Museum. She has shown her work internationally at events and venues including Ars Electronica, Boston MFA, Sundance Film Festival, The Walker Art Center, OCAT Shanghai, ISEA and Music Tech Festival Berlin. As a researcher, Xin has worked in institutions including Microsoft Research NYC & Asia and Google ATAP.
Associated Programs: Everything Beautiful is Far Away
Sasha Samochina
Sasha Samochina
Sasha Samochina is an Immersive Visualization Producer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. She joined the team at JPL after working in New York in the fields of video and web development and in Chicago where she was a Media Producer at The Field Museum of Natural History. Currently, she works in the Ops Lab at JPL producing immersive experiences to help scientists and engineers complete their daily work and helping NASA to make space more accessible to everyone. She loves all things digital, animal, sound-emitting, cosmic and views the world through VR-colored glasses. Associated Programs/Events: Robots as Our Partners: Pas de Deux
Janna Levin
Janna Levin
Janna Levin is the Tow Professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University and has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works. She was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow. Her latest book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, is the inside story on the discovery of the century: the sound of spacetime ringing from the collision of two black holes over a billion years ago.
Associated Programs: Universal Threads
Kimberly Grisby
Kimberly Grisby
Kimberly Grigsby is the Arranger and Conductor for Young Americans. She has worked on Broadway for many years, most recently she was the Musical Director for To Kill A Mockingbird. Her other credits as Musical Director include Head Over Heels, Amélie, A New Musical, and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark to name a few. She has conducted on Broadway and done vocal arrangements as well as played the synthesizer, keyboard, and pump organ.
Associated Programs: Young Americans
Andrew Dawson
Andrew Dawson
Andrew Dawson’s one-man show Space Panorama is a recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing using only his hands to create a documentary of the mission. Accompanied by classical music and Dawson’s narration, the artist takes the audience on a journey to outer space and back again. The Guardian has called Space Panorama, “Great Fun.” Space Panorama was created in 1987 and has been performed around the globe, including at the Kennedy Center for the moon landing’s 40th anniversary.